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“Lois, my heart aches for you! I wish I could have come to the viewing, but it didn't work out. Please accept my sincerest sympathies to you and...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Hodapp - Waterloo, IL

“I hunted for elk with Bob for over 25 years. I respected him and learned a lot from him. We ate in tents together many times. Fresh elk liver...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Richard Fell - Englewood, CO

“Deepest sympathy to the family.sending thoughts and prayers ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Crystal Crockett - New athens, IL

“What a loss! My heart goes out to Lois and all of Bob's family. Under relationship I wish it had mentor/mentee because that is what Bob was to me. ...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Bryan Shane Rausch - New Athens, IL

“LorieLosing both my parents this last year I only know your sorrow. Peace to your family and prayers for Dad will be passed to our Catholic Church in...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Kevin Stevens - Scottsdale, AZ

“Lois, you have our love and prayers in your hour of need. Bob will be missed greatly, but you will always have the memories that you two have...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Janice Smith - Walsh, IL - Friend

“Lois,It is with great sorrow that I heard of Bob's passing. He was always one of my favorite cousins and will be greatly missed.I doubt that I will...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne Klinckhardt - Marble Hill, MO

“Mrs. Waeltz and Family, We are deeply saddened to hear about Bob. He was a true gem...we need more Bob Waeltz's in this world. Hugs and love as...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Kelly Rowold - Valmeyer, IL

“Brandon and Laura and family, sorry to hear of Bob's passing. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: David Mitchell - Freeburg, IL

“Lois we are so very sorry for your loss! Bob was a very kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Terry and Lisa Lamoreaux - Peoria, AZ

“Our deepest condolences to Lois and the entire family. R. I. P. Bob. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Terry & Kathy Swyear - New Athens

“Lois, Sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you during this difficult time ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: John Thomas - New Baden, IL

“I will always thank you for being not just a cousin but a dear dear friend. You and I were pretty close. I remember when you helped me with my...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Annette Isbell - Sebastian, FL

“Lois -our sympathy to you and your family. Ken and Sherri ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: sherri wildt - FL - Friend

“Bob, You will be missed by all in the family. You have been the go to for family stories and we will miss the stories you told . I will always...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Wortman - Family

“Lois. I am so sorry for your Loss. Take care and God be with you ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: ken Fette - Quitman, TX

Robert "Bob" L. Waeltz, 85, of New Athens, IL; born on July 31, 1931 in New Athens, IL; passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Waeltz was a retired coal miner. He was a 50 plus year member of the Progressive Grange. He was a member of the New Athens Lions Club, a Charter member of the New Athens Historical Society, a trustee of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, President of the East Dutch Hill Cemetery Association and member of the Friends of Zion Church, Inc. Mr..Waeltz served as a past supervisor of the Engelmann Township. Robert was very passionate about history and genealogy. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Gustav and Marie, nee Klinckhardt, Waeltz. Two brothers – Marion Waeltz and Allan Waeltz. His mother-in-law – Delow Fruth. Also preceded in death by a special cousin – Bud Waeltz and dear friend – Walter Skorcz.

Bob is survived by his wife – Lois, nee Fruth, Waeltz. His daughters – Kathleen (Robert) Welker of Mascoutah, IL; Susan (Ken) Voss of Mascoutah, IL; Lorie (Frank) Eby of Aurora, CO. His grandchildren – Carl (Leslie) Welker; Niki (Morgan) Christ; Kari Welker; Brandon (Laura) Voss; Jason (Melissa) Voss; Lindsey (James) DeGroot; Heather (Luke) DeNooy. His great-grandchildren – Delany Welker; Liam Welker; Gavin Christ; Maddie Christ; Tyler Christ; Sarah Voss; Caleb Voss; Sienna Voss; Beau DeGroot; Wesley DeGroot; Walker DeNooy. His father-in-law – Calvin Fruth. Sisters-in-law – Marielle Waeltz; Ruth Waeltz; Linda Petot. Brother-in-law – Craig Fruth. Special cousin – Alice Waeltz. Also survived by his Goddaughter – Allison Knapp.

Pallbearers will be – Brandon Voss; Jason Voss; Ed Martin; Ed Toedte; Ben Petot; Alexander Knapp and honorary pallbearer – Alvin Skorcz.

Memorials may be made to the New Athens Historical Society or the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Lukomski officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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