Robert Best

December 5, 1934 - April 22, 2021

Robert Best


Robert Best, 86, of Rockford, Illinois passed away on April 22, 2021. He was born December 5, 1934 in Belvidere, Illinois son of Charles “Ted” and Evelyn (Havens) Best. He graduated from Belvidere High School, class of 1952, and went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Bob married the love of his life Carol Schafman on April 4, 1959 at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere, Illinois. The pair was blessed with 62 years of marriage, celebrating their anniversary recently.

Bob worked for Gunite Corporation for 43 years, retiring in 2001. He had many hobbies and interests including sailing, fishing, snow skiing and water skiing, travelling and gardening. He rode a motorcycle when he was young and his adventurous tendencies continued throughout his life. Bob was an animal lover in general and had a handful of run-ins with wildlife including an anaconda in the Amazon, a bear knocking his plate out of his hands when trying to dine along a shoreline and being chased by a komodo dragon! His world travels gave him many stories to share and tales to tell! He was a little league coach when his son Ted was young. He was enthralled by trains and knew all their different components. He loved going to the Rochelle Railroad Park and watching the trains. Bob was also very passionate about gardening. He cultivated many species over the years but primarily perennials.  Over 1,500 people have been through garden walks in his backyard! He was also fascinated by weather and meteorology and was a member of the national rain gauge network, CoCoRaHS. However, nothing captivated Bob more than his family.

Bob is lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Carol; their children Ted (Kim) Best, Kristi (Chris) Goddard and Kathi (Greg) Gusinde; sister Donna Bachman; sisters-in-law Alice, Joyce and Mary Ellen; grandchildren Ana, Ella, Hadley, Jack and Ben, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved bulldog Sophie.

A graveside service will be held on Friday April 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Belvidere Cemetery. 1121 N. Main Street Belvidere, Illinois. To leave a condolence or share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00 am

Belvidere Cemetery

A graveside service will be held on Friday April 30, 2021 at 10:00 am at Belvidere Cemetery.

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So sorry Carol and your family for your loss. Bob was always so nice to me, he will be missed.

Flo Angileri 2021-04-30T11:44:37

So sorry to hear about Bob, my sympathy to Carol & family a long time friend of Joyce & family Lou Hill

Lou Hill 2021-04-28T09:27:13

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My deepest sympathy to Carol and all the family. Renee Reznick

Renee Reznee 2021-04-27T19:08:59

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jack and Lyddie Moore

Jack Moore 2021-04-27T17:26:53

Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family.
Jack and Lyddie Moore

Lyddie Moore 2021-04-27T17:21:05

So sorry for your loss, Carol.
Such fun memories of you, even tho I didn’t know Bob that well. (Saw him last at Doris visitation).
Bob and I are living at Siena here in Rockford.
Our thoughts and prayers to you.

Marge Dwan aka Cookie James 2021-04-26T14:28:24

My uncle Bob was a fun and witty story teller. His laugh was infectious. Our family had lots of wild adventures with him and of course his family. He will be missed. Take care. Lots of Love Michelle and Josie

Michelle Bachman 2021-04-25T12:09:17

Ted, Kim, Ana & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peggy & Dave Brink 2021-04-24T21:20:48


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