A cemetery legend passes on
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Robert "Bob" Troost, 73, of Oak Brook, IL, beloved husband of 42 years to Dorothy; cherished father of Neil (Melissa), Julie (Jeremiah) Troost Geiman, Dawn, Scott; fond brother to Peter, the late Richard, Romayne (Ted) Kazmer, Frank (Pat), Susan (Roger) Rhodes; loving grandfather to Emma and Mattea. An accomplished cemeterian for 46 years who strongly believed in the value of his profession, he was passionate about serving people during the most difficult time in their lives. Bob established the largest group of independently-owned cemeteries in the Chicagoland area. Yet he always said, "I don't live to work, I work to live." Always a playful spirit, Bob loved hiking through the canyons of Utah, exploring the high-mountain passes of Colorado to venture above the tree-line, reading under an umbrella on a Florida beach, racing Vipers around the track, playing tennis weekly, hiding eggs on Easter for kids of all ages, avidly studying Civil War history, driving countless miles on road trips throughout the country, cruising the strips of the Western suburbs in a classic car, venturing through our National Parks, fishing the lakes of Canada with his sons and traveling the world with his wife and family. He grew to love plants and trees and nurtured many at his cemeteries and home. Bob served on the Board of Directors of the Cemeteries Association of Greater Chicago for over 20 years and was President from 1982 to 1983. He was also a member and past President of the Metropolitan Chicago Cemetery Officials. Member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Home Association for over 30 years. Parishioner of St. Mary of Gostyn Catholic Church in Downers Grove for 39 years, original member of the Dodge Viper Club of Illinois, member of the Chicago Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, Buick Riviera Owners' Association and Salt Creek Civil War Round Table. His family remains in awe of his strength and courage that shined its brightest during his greatest trial, battling pancreatic cancer. Never asking "why me?" he bore this wretched cross with amazing dignity. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA, 90245, please note on check: Robert Troost Memorial Fund for Research. Visitation Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m., Toon Funeral Home, 4920 Main Street, Downers Grove, 630-968-0408 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 630-968-0408 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Funeral, Friday 10 a.m., St. Mary of Gostyn Catholic Church, 444 Wilson Street, Downers Grove. Interment: Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien. www.toonfuneralhome.com or 630-968-0408 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 630-968-0408 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.