ROCK FALLS — Bob Smeltzer, 82, of Rock Falls died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford after a short illness.
Bob was born April 24, 1937, in Manlius, the son of Howard and Sophie (Lang) Smeltzer. He was a 1955 graduate of Manlius High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After his military time, he farmed in the Manlius area. In 1967, he established Smeltzer Insurance Agency. During his career, Bob obtained his C.I.C. designation and had served as a past president of the state of Illinois P.I.A. He retired from the agency in 1999. Bob then was appointed city clerk of Rock Falls, where he served for two years. After that, he then became a crop adjuster for Country Companies until retiring in December 2017.
Bob had been active in the Sterling–Rock Falls Jaycees. He joined the Rock Falls Optimist Club in 1972, where he remained a member until his death. He was a member and founding member of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling.
Survivors include two daughters, Dacia (Mike) Dennis of Sterling and Dana (Tom) Wronski of Sugar Land, Texas; a son, Kevin (Cindy) Brandt of Somonauk; his five grandchildren, Megan (Mark) Dempsey, and Brandon (Carly) Dennis, Brandt, Zachary and Elizabeth Wronski; his one great-grandchild, Owen Dempsey; his nephew, Mark (Julie) Smeltzer; and his niece, Karyn Smeltzer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife. Mary Lou; and his brother, Ron Smeltzer.
Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. The funeral will follow on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. in the church. Burial will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, donations to New Life Lutheran Church, 702 W. Lynn Blvd., Sterling, IL 61081 or the Rock Falls Optimist Club, Rock Falls, IL 61071 are appreciated.