Robert F. “Bob” Mertz Sr., age 82, a lifelong resident of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 2nd, 2020

Robert F. “Bob” Mertz Sr., age 82, a lifelong resident of Lombard, passed away February 1, 2020.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 6th from 3 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. A Funeral Service will be held Friday at 10:30 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Lois (nee Droegemueller); his loving children, Lisa Mertz-Erwin of Lombard, Robert F. Jr. of Lombard, and Ronald P. of Lombard; his cherished grandchildren, Colton Erwin of Glendale Heights and Cassandra Erwin of Glen Ellyn; and his dear siblings, Beverly Viscariello of Lombard, Eugene (Phyllis) of Lombard, and Janet E. (Keith) Golden of Pingree Grove, IL; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. and Alyce (nee Peck); his  brother, Allen F.; brother-in-law, Frank Viscariello; sister-in-law, Beverly Lake and brother-in-law, Dick Lake.

Bob was a veteran and member of the Illinois Air National Guard. He started  working at the Lombard Post Office in 1955, at the age of 18. Bob held several positions during the years, until he retired after 20 years as Postmaster in 1992. He was a longtime member of Lombard Rotary and was a past president in 1975. Bob was a former member of the Northern Rays Corvette Club, the Lombard Cemetery Association and the Lombard Businessmen Association.

Bob had been married for 60 years. He was an avid Cubs fan and had a great sense of humor. Bob loved making people laugh and spending time with his family.

Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O.Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, are appreciated.

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11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Cynthia J. Viscariello says:

    Uncle Bob
    I Always Loved your sence of Humor.
    You Will Truly Be Missed

  2. Beverly Viscariello says:

    Bob was a great roll model for his 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Being my older brother you paved the way for me over the years. I will miss you forever. ❤️

  3. Ellyn (Spolec) Panik says:

    Great man & neighbor Rest in peace
    Thoughts & prayers to the family

  4. Paul Bethke says:

    Mr Mertz “Bob” was my boss at the Post Office in 1973 where I was employed in newly created position of Postal Assistant. The job was for selected high school students to perform the odd jobs around the Post Office, but soon grew into many hours and even delivery of mail routes. Our intense work ethic resulted in numerous extra hours taking coveted overtime away from the regulars. We were soon voted out by the union. Mr Mertz was a great leader, fun to be around and extremely caring. I immensely enjoyed the short time I had the honor of working on his team. God Bless him and his family during this difficult time. Please know that he made a great and lasting impact on one young man. Paul Bethke Colonel, US Army (Ret)

  5. Jeff and I are past postal carriers and enjoyed having Bob for our postmaster. He was always a great guy and treated us well. We felt like good friends to him because he always made us feel comfortable. We are sorry to hear of his passing and pray for peace and comfort for his family

  6. Rita & Dick Schneider says:

    Bob was a great friend and such a wonderful supporter when we began to restore the Lombard Cemetery and always had the answer to my questions concerning the burials there. I always enjoyed our talks about who lived in what house on whatever street we were discussing….he had those answers too! He was a special person and will be missed!!! We’re so sorry for your lose!! Prayers for all of his family!!!

  7. Thomas Goebig says:

    Our deepest condolences from the Goebigs of Mokena

  8. Jenny Warner says:

    Uncle Bob was the kindness man. I remember when my sister and I were kids and Uncle Bob would play jokes on us. We will never forget he came to our dad’s wake in July 2019. It meant a lot to us he was there. We will miss him.

  9. Jeff Gahris says:

    I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Mertz family.

  10. Robert G Mikulecky says:

    Bob you will be missed
    We roomed together when we went to the NAPUS convention
    You were a fun guy and a great room mate

  11. Julie Palmer Glazier says:

    Thank you for all your love to Lombard. You will be missed by many. May your smiles live on in all you touched in one way or another. I loved reading all the creative cards you made. My prayers to the ones you left behind especially my old friend Ron.

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