Robert A. Rosenbaum, 78 of Wanatah, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at the University of Chicago Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 28, 1944 in LaPorte to the late Arthur and Kathryn (Parthun) Rosenbaum. Bob graduated from Wanatah High School in 1963. As a lifelong farmer, Bob enjoyed finding creative solutions, modifying equipment around the farm, and being a self-taught Mr. Fix-It. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wanatah, serving on many boards and as elder. The faith that Bob had in the Lord helped comfort him as he cared for his loving wife as she suffered through Alzheimer’s. Since Joyce’s battle, Bob took on all that she did and more to ensure all those he loved was taken care of.
Bob found enjoyment in maintaining the yard, taking care of the flowers, traveling throughout the United States to places such as Yellowstone to see the pine trees, and going on daily rides through the country side and wherever the road led them—such as to grab a coffee and favorite donut. Robert was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; always calling and checking in on his family, but his most endearing sentiment was caring for his bride of 58 years.
In 1964, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Joyce (Spier) Rosenbaum, who survives, along with their children: Cary Rosenbaum and Cory (Missy) Rosenbaum; grandchildren: Cheyenne, Colton, and Chase; siblings, Arnold Rosenbaum, William (Gerry) Rosenbaum, and Mary Jane Bailey; brothers-in-law: LeRoy “Doc” Koselke and Jim (Jan) Spier; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Janet Koselke and Peg Sallee; and sister-in-law, Nancy Rosenbaum.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Wanatah Funeral Chapel, 309 N. Main St., Wanatah. A service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 15496 S. 900 W., Wanatah, Rev. Joel Steven Zipay officiating, with additional visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wanatah.
Sending prayers... he will be so missed!..He would call at times and asked if I had the coffee on as he was coming in to get parts.. and i had it made before he got there. Always enjoyed talking with him.
Rest in peace bob! -Cheryl Felda at Green mark equipment knox
Cary, Cory, Missy and Grands, I’m so sorry for your loss. I thought so much of your dad, my Uncle Bob. I will miss seeing him on my visits back home. He was so happy always, even in the hard times. A great Man! I Was so glad I got to see him a couple weeks ago at mom’s and the 3 big hugs I got from him! I wish so much I could be there for his funeral service. You all are in my prayers. Take Care Love, Curly
Cheyenne, I am so sorry to see that your Grandpa passed away. He certainly was a caring gentleman. May all your wonderful memories give you comfort. I remember him bringing you a donut a few times in the drive up window too. With sympathy, Cindy Carpenter
Dear Cory, Missy, & family, All of you have our sympathy & prayers. We're sorry for your loss. I'm sure it's hard to lose him so suddenly; however, at least you don't have to watch him slowly waste away to practically nothing like my dad, Missy's & my grandpa, & now, unfortunately, your mom. After watching Grandpa slowly die, Dad would often say, "There are things worse than death." I feel bad for you for your dad & your mom. You have our prayers for dealing with both situations. We love you. May God be with you, Bless you, & carry you through!!! -Duane & Jill Gudeman & family