The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

September 21, 2013

E.R. "BOB" PAPE III

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Never an idle man, Bob always had many irons in the fire. He cared about his business and his community, was a generous and inquisitive soul, and always tried to find a way to make things better. His genealogy endeavors dug not only into his family background, but into the history of every family that entered the funeral home. Thus, he created a priceless resource for the community that will last for years to come. His other hobby and one true passion was flying. For many years Bob maintained his pilot’s license, and along with his wife, Mitzi, they went on many small trips in their Piper Saratoga. Later, he enjoyed flying commercially all over the country, whether it was monthly wine dinners at the Orlando Hyatt, events at the Lyric Opera and Joffrey Ballet, or taking part in the Russian American Foundation and Bolshoi Ballet. In July of this year, he achieved his lifelong goal to attain diamond status with Delta Airlines.

Bob found meaning in discovering Russian culture and language. He had not only taken multiple trips there over the past few years, but he developed many cherished friendships and was very active in securing a Matching Rotary Grant to secure a bus for a Russian orphanage.

Bob leaves behind his four children, Adrienne Pape, David (Kristin) Allen, Alexandra Pape (Jeff Daeschler), and ER “Roby” Pape IV (Morgan Ritchie); two grandchildren, Sophia Pape Allen and Payton Daeschler; a sister, Patricia Ann (Vince) Tumminello; a nephew, Vincent Tumminello; his ex-wife, Mitzi Ann (Williamson) Pape, with whom he has co-owned and ran the business with for the past 30-plus years; his beloved dog and daily companion: Blue; and many, many people whose lives he touched throughout the years. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob loved people and life. He loved his country, his God, and most of all, he loved his family. His passion, work ethic, and everyday charisma have inspired us all. He was never afraid to voice his opinion and say what needed to be said. Bob was liked by many and loved by most. For, “When a great man dies, for years beyond our ken, the light he leaves behind him, lies upon the path of men.”

Guest register: www.papemortuary.com

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