Obituaries

Robert G. "Bob" Wulff

June 18, 1947 - October 1, 2018

Robert  G.

Obituary

Robert (Bob) G. Wulff, 71, of Belvidere, IL passed away Monday night, October 1, 2018. Bob was born June 18, 1947 in Ontarioville, IL – the son of Carlyle and Ethel Wulff. He was a graduate of the  Chicago Academy of the Fine Arts with a degree in Illustration. His career included art instruction, art direction/graphic design for Lakeland Publishers, small business management for Wulff Manufacturing, and ‘retail therapy’ with a sales position at Pier One.

Bob was a staff sergeant E6 Army veteran of the Vietnam War stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Bob’s artistic talent was recognized by his Captain when he was asked to hand create award certificates for soldiers. His General, of the Second Brigade “Saints,” was so impressed with Bob’s artistic prowess that he assigned him as his Staff Artist. Bob enjoyed oil painting still lifes and traditional portraits onto canvas backgrounds. Gardening was another passion. He had a green thumb and loved to garden. He took pride in knowing every plant and tree by name. Bob was also a fan of traveling, especially to California or Florida to visit his brother and niece. He wouldn’t miss his annual visits for the world. A natural social butterfly, everyone gravitated towards him. He had a way of making every person feel special when he spoke to them. He was a gentle soul with a tender heart, selfless, fun to be around and he truly cherished people and friendships.  Enjoying a cup of coffee and a conversation with a friend truly made him happy. Bob was a man who was not only an artist with paints on canvas but also on the canvas of life.

Bob’s passing brought such sadness for all who knew him. He lost his fight with lung cancer/lung disease. While we lost a treasured family member and cherished friend – one who wasn’t yet finished living, Bob’s health crises will no longer plague him. The sky now shines brighter with a healthy Uncle Bob in it.

Bob was loved and will be missed by his brother, Carlyle Jr. (Ruth) Wulff; sister, Carole Mulligan; nephew Don (Melinda); niece, Kathy (Jim) McCausey; nephew, Jeff (Leslie) Wulff and Brian (Jackie) Ehorn; great-nephews, Chris, Brad, and Jeffrey;  great-nieces, Mallory and Brittany. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack and nephew, Robert Scheel.

Bob’s Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008. A closed casket visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Ringwood Cemetery in Ringwood, IL. Memorials in Bob’s name can be made out to the American Cancer Society.  To share a remembrance please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Monday, October 8, 2018
10:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A closed casket visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Monday, October 8, 2018
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

Bob’s Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008

Burial will be at Ringwood Cemetery in Ringwood, IL.

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Bob was our next door neighbor in Geneva. When he moved away, he left a hole in our hearts. I enjoy gardening too, and loved chatting and laughing with him almost daily as we spent time in our yards. He was a wonderful man that always could bring a smile to my face. We are so sorry for the family’s loss… sending prayers of comfort.

Betsy Maresko 2018-10-10T18:58:37

My husband, Ken Bastien & I, live directly across from Bob’s driveway @2306 Sunset. We have considered ourselves quite fortunate the day that Bob moved into his home and became the sweetest of neighbors, always having time to stop, chat a bit, and he always invited us over to spend time on his patio when his flowers were in full bloom! We knew he went somewhere warmer during the Winter months, but were elated to see him return this past Spring….but this time, we knew he must have endured a serious illness, as he dropped a significant amount of weight, looked pale, and his voice was apparently much weaker. I’m grateful that Bob & I did get to visit twice this summer, even if it was the briefest of moments. He always spoke well of his family and we shared our thoughts about downtown St. Charles, Feneva, and Batavia, as we both had much in common. As for my husband, Ken, Bob often asked Ken about his fondness for “old cars,” a subject that Ken was always willing to discuss with our neighbor. Needless to say, we only knew him as our friendly neighbor, who sat on the grass every Spring, planting his flowers! I will miss his friendship, immensely, but grateful that he is now free of pain, and becoming the “in-house” resident of Heaven’s Gardens, lush with colorful blossoms, welcoming Bob home to his eternal life….

Mary Thillens-Bastien & Ken Bastien
2306 Sunset Lane
Belvidere, Il. 61008

Mary Thillens 2018-10-09T13:02:13

Bob,
Was a great friend and neighbor who’s chats and banter between us will never be forgotten. Your are missed my friend, RIP.

Michael Beebe 2018-10-07T10:20:57

Bob was and always will be a huge part of our family. He not only was our 2nd cousin, my sister’s god father but my mom (Ruth Asher) and aunt’s (Mary Barber) best friend. He was a part of every major milestone in all of our lives (births, baptisms, 1st communions, junior high graduations, high school graduations, weddings). His sense of humor couldn’t be matched! In the last couple years he, my mom and aunt would Facetime often. You could hear the 3 of then laughing like teenagers 2 rooms away. That is a sound that I will forever hear when I think of Bob and my mom. I have no doubt he is on the other side sitting around the kitchen table with Aunt Ethel and my mom (likely eating apple pie). You will forever be missed! xo

Mary Reinen 2018-10-05T09:04:58

Bob was such a special person and I am grateful to have known him. My last conversation with Bob will stay with me forever, and I cherish that and so many memories. Rest in peace, Bob.

Donna Jean Osborne 2018-10-04T19:59:52

Robert was one of a kind. He has been a part of my and our families lives my whole life. We will never tire of sharing and hearing stories of he growing up with my mother Ruth and her sister Mary. He was not only their cousin but like a brother to them. The loss of him will forever leave a hole in our family.

Ruthie Palmer 2018-10-04T19:07:40

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