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Robert "Bob" Gail Grindle Sr., 91, of Rockford, died December 14, 2015 in his home. Born Oct. 30, 1924 in Chicago, the son of C. Gail and Rena (Croll) Grindle. Bob graduated from East High School and from 1943 to 1946 he enlisted in the Navy to serve on the Shangri-La aircraft carrier. On Sept. 13, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart Viola Louise Severin and she was the love of his life for 68 years. Bob graduated from Bradley University in June of 1949. Bob and Vi moved back to Rockford where they had their 5 children. There were so many happy gatherings at Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan for many holidays.
Bob and Stu Johnson owned Rab Island on the corner of 20th St. and Charles St. They made their own fresh root beer. He spent 42 years at Rockford Standard Furniture Co. where he became part owner. All five of his children worked there with him for several years. He was very well known for being so good to his customers and employees. He had a reputation for his funny wit. When with his granddaughters, they always wanted to sit next to Grandpa Bob. Bob was a very generous and kind soul to all his family and friends. He loved baseball, playing on many leagues and he also enjoyed singing in several choirs. Bob and Vi were members of Bethesda Covenant Church all through their lives together. They helped sponsor 57 Laotians to come to Rockford and shared their love of Christ with them. They went to the empty tomb of Jesus many years ago where Bob felt deeply the power of eternity.
He leaves to miss him his wife, Viola; children, Susan (Jerry) Antczak, Jim (Anne), Gail (Bev), Jack (Penny) and Rob (Delinda) Grindle; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Bob is being greeted with cheers in Heaven by his parents; granddaughter, Rikki Wager; great-grandchildren, K.C. and Roxanne Slamp; and so many others.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E State St, Rockford, 61104 with Rev. David Lindfors officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service in church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethesda Covenant Church.

Condolences & Shared Memories (31)

  1. Theresa Gregorcy

    I never met Bob. He sounds like a wonderful man. My niece Natalie married his grandson Brad. I have friends in common as well. Please know Vi, you and your family are in my prayers. God bless!

  2. Bobbi Holets

    A MAN that always accepted people just the way they were. He taught me SO many things about 'family' and just a blessed life in general. Very witty man. I am honored to have had the opportunity to witness the actual truth in this script of his life. Truly. Thank you to Bob and his WHOLE family for the Joy you brought to this world and My Life.

  3. Jack Grindle

    Rest in Peace Dad. We miss you. I am so glad I spent last weekend with you and Mom. Love Jack & Penny Grindle.

  4. Reuel & Betty Nordenberg

    Dear Vi, Little did we know when we visited with you at the bazaar that Bob was so close to joining the Lord. He was a very special and caring person. We are in Colorado visiting our children (Sue who you may remember worked with Bob for a time) so we will be unable to see you in person to convey our condolences. We send you hugs and wishes for comfort and many blessings from God. Reuel & Betty (This message may be a duplicate -- I entered one message which disappeared before I signed it. I just wanted to be sure that you knew you were in our thoughts and prayers so did it again.)

  5. Samantha Oulavong

    I'm sorry sad that God received yet another beautiful soul. As a kid I was from one of those Laotian families that Bob and Viola graciously opened their hearts and homes to. Bob was such a giver. He happily volunteered to drive the church van every Wednesday night and Sunday morning to take us to church. One of my fondest memories of my childhood was sitting on the back of the van while anticipating for Bob to increase the speed of the van as he drove up the hump on 11th St. He had the kids squealing w/joy and the older adults laughing! The impact he's made w/in the Laotian community does not go unnoticed and was not done in vain. Through his generosity he had made an impression on me and influenced the person that I am today. With a tearful heart thank you Bob and Viola for all that you've done. God has blessed us beyond words to have you in our lives.

  6. Dave Balestri

    Truly a good man and a man of God. A great friend to my own parents, and a role model for me. I will always remember Mr. Grindle's wry smile. My thoughts are with Vi, the “kids”, the grandkids, and the entire Bethesda family.

  7. Loren Common and family

    Gail, Bev, and entire family, Please know that we are thinking of you during this time and will be lifting you up in prayer. Bob lived a long life and it is very evident he touched many people. May his soul rest in heaven.

  8. Lon Swanson

    Peace to his memory. Great guy and wonderful family.

  9. Keith M Ralston

    Warm ,giving family was appreciated by all members, but Vi and Bob certainly nurturing provided the source to be the modeled...............In sincere sympathy ,Keith M. Ralston

  10. Gwynda Dunklin

    My condolence and prayers to the family of Mr. Grindle. I remember Mr. Grindle from Rockford Standard Furniture (1971) years of during business there. He was a very kind- hearted and generous person. Mr. Grindle made it possible for so to afford with no bearing on income and/or ethnics. Thanks to him for allowing my home to be complete. Heaven welcomes you.

  11. Barbara Chasnoff

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I remember Bob as a lovely, kind man and next door neighbor to us at Uncle Tom's cabin at Lake Delavan.

  12. Peggy Holt

    Vi, Rob and family, God bless you and provide peace beyond understanding at this time.

  13. Lisa Hyser

    My grandpa was amazing. He will forever be missed by many. I can't wait to see him again when he opens his arms to us in heaven. I will miss all the great times that we shared and have many happy memories.

  14. Janna Wertz

    So sorry for your loss Vi. He was such a kind person and you both were such good friends and neighbors to my mom.

  15. Sharon and Mel Hendricks

    We were neighbors to Bob for many years. He was a kind and gentle man with a great love for his friends, customers and his wonderful family. He will be truly missed but leaves many great memories for many of us.

  16. Claudia Helgemo

    Bob was a kind and generous man. He showed how a Christian man is a great example of God's love for Viola, his family and his church. He is the only man I have known who would move to a house within walking distance of his church. I loved my Uncle Bob and bless his name and family in my prayers.

  17. Paula and Dick Rasanen

    You just had to say the words and then listen to the directions. One of his best always, follow Jesus. Well loved and cared for, he will be so missed.

  18. Joyce Apitz

    amazing man and family

  19. Larry and Debbie Zitzke

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family

  20. Jean Robison

    I have many fond memories working for Mr. G at Rockford Standard. He was one of the most wonderful people I have known. Mr. G and Vi were always a pleasure to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  21. lakia Balozi

    Glory to God may his soul rest in peace!pole sana Ron Gustafson and the family

  22. Gary Blascoe

    One of the best I have ever met on earth.

  23. Robin Fredrickson

    "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." -Romans 15:13 Bob's work is done...What a remarkable legacy he left in all the lives he touched.

  24. John Heitz

    Going to miss you uncle Bob. Thanks for the memories and giving us an example of how to live out lives.

  25. Tom Draheim

    Thanks for allowing us "Dawgs" to have some great memories at the Shangri-la. God bless you Mr Grindle.

  26. Claudette

    You were my first real boss. What a wonderful experience that was. Your employees were not workers they all immediately were your friends. We worked very hard because we wanted you to be proud of what we accomplished. You were a father figure to all of us. I am so proud to have known such a man.

  27. Laurie Ramboldt

    Heaven gained an angel!

  28. Linda Burns Campbell

    My heart goes out to each of the Grindle family, and tto the Bethesda family --and the many more who will miss Bob. One day he'll welcome us to our heavenly home, just as he did here. So many good memories!

  29. Dana

    Thankful to have had known such a wonderful person as Bob, and Vi too. I will always remember your influence and thoughtfulness in my life.

  30. Gary and Jennifer Schwerin

    We will deeply miss our dear friend Bob! What a saint! Not enough time to tell all of the influence he and Vi have had on so many lives, including ours!

  31. Joyce Lewis

    Our thoughts and prayers are lifted on your behalf. It is our prayer that you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. I know Bob is rejoicing in heaven with others who have gone on before. God bless and keep you....With love...Joyce and Jason

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