Robert (Bob) Pape, 72, died unexpectedly at 9:23 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2016, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
Bob was born in Litchfield on Feb. 17, 1943, the son to Arthur and Dorothy Pape, the first of two sons.
He married Linda Sheppard on July 31, 1971. From this union came the three (as Bob would say) “best sons in the world” (who think he was the “best dad in the world”).
Bob worked for 35 years as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, where he “designed the best airplanes in the world” and “trained the best pilots in the world.” Bob was a lifetime aficionado of Allis Chalmers tractors. His pride and joy was a 1962 AC D17 that he restored to mint condition. His sons remember him for teaching the importance of hard work and fun. They especially remember the times he helped them make winning Pinewood Derby cars.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years; three sons, Brian (Lanh) of Acton, Calif., Eric (Monique) of Campbell, Calif., and Michael (Stephanie) of Muskego, Wisc.; three grandchildren, Chris, Marie and Olivia; a brother, Darrell (Linda); sister-in-law, Sallie (Tom) Klimczak; and brother-in-law, Ron (Patty) Sheppard.
A memorial visitation will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to Kathy’s House in Milwaukee, Wis. (kathys-house.org).
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.