Obituary: Robert E. Schwantes Sr.


May 27, 1932 – May 3, 2021

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Robert E. Schwantes Sr.Robert E. Schwantes Sr., age 88, of South Holland, IL, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021. Beloved husband of Jo-Anne Schwantes, nee Gabel. Loving father of Robert E. (late Maxine) Schwantes Jr., Barbara (John) Peterson, Richard (Sandra) Schwantes, and Jean (Michael) Wilbur. Cherished grandfather of Erin Ferrara, Amy (Jim) Arndt, and Danielle (Ryne) Kush. Great-grandfather of Logan, Madison, and Gianna. Dear brother of Grace (late Gene) Valloni. Preceded in death by his parents Emil and Alice Schwantes. Robert was a proud United States Air Force veteran. He was also a longtime leader of the Boy Scouts #490. Robert was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Visitation Monday, May 10, 2021, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Smits DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St, South Holland, IL. Visitation Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 16500 Woodlawn E. Ave, South Holland, IL, with Rev. Michael Udoekong officiating. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery – Elwood, IL. Memorial contributions to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are greatly appreciated.  For more information, please call 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at