Robert “Bob” Gantner

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Robert “Bob” Lee Gantner, 73, of Swansea, IL, born February 6, 1949, in Belleville, IL, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2022.

Bob was a graduate of Belleville Township High School in 1967 and received his BS from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1971. Bob was a businessman who made lifelong friendships throughout all of his endeavors. He never knew a stranger. Throughout the course of his career, Bob worked for American Mutual, Inc., Kendall Pharmaceuticals, Howmedica St. Louis LLC, and Merrill Lynch. Bob was an active board member of the Illinois Center of Autism, past President and Director of the Stonebridge Condo Association in Snowmass, Colorado, and a member of the FLT Investment Group.

Bob’s love for snow skiing was truly contagious to all around him. His passion for the beauty of Snowmass Mountain in Colorado influenced many of his friends and family to also visit the area. He found joy in watching others experience the summers and winters of the Rocky Mountains. A founding member of the “Pole Planters,” Bob spread his joy for the outdoors and his grand love of travel and life to all. An aspiring pilot in his younger years, he also enjoyed racing Hobie Cats on Carlyle Lake with his wife, soulmate, and college sweetheart, Cheryl. An avid fly fisherman throughout his life, Bob was always ready for life’s adventures. His shining personality brightened any room and always made others happy. He was truly the life of the party. Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend who loved to entertain.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy “Chip” and Florence, nee Spielman, Gantner; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter and Gertrude, nee Litten, Corrigan.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cheryl Ann; a son, Ryan Robert and his wife, Julie; a daughter, Cara Ann; a grandson, Chase Hunter; a sister-in-law, Christine Fuehner; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Michael and Carol Corrigan, Neil and Colleen Isselhardt, and Patrick and Liz Corrigan; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who Bob dearly loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Illinois Center for Autism. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2022, and from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

According to Bob’s wishes, cremation services will be held after the funeral.

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34 Comments on Robert “Bob” Gantner

Patrick Magner said : Guest Report Mar 14, 2022 at 2:02 PM

The world has lost a great human being. I worked with Bob at Howmedica for many years. Shared a few Orthopedic ski meetings. Bob, also known as “Gator Gantner” always had a positive attitude and a big smile to match. My condolences to you Cheryl and the children. He’s in God’s hands now !

  • La Jolla
  • CA
Kevin Sidow said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2022 at 9:59 PM

Cheryl - so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Although Bob and I lost touch over the years, I will always remember Bob for his positive outlook, great sense of humor and great love of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • St. Petersburg
  • FL
Patterson Family said : Guest Report Mar 08, 2022 at 12:36 PM

We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Bob always had a smile for everyone he met. Prayers and peace to your family.

  • Snowmass Village
  • Colorado
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2022 at 12:29 PM

Cheryl, so sorry to hear about Bob. Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Debra Pierce said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2022 at 6:35 AM

Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bob.. Prayers for you and your family 🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rick Schaefer said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2022 at 2:24 PM

Cheryl, I am so sorry for your great loss. Bob was a great guy. I first knew him in high school when he worked at Sandy's and later while at SIUE. He was fun- loving and a funny guy. He drew people to him. I last saw him with you at an ACHS reunion. He hadn't changed. Still a good guy. Rick Schaefer

  • Belleville
  • IL
Todd & Tiba Carrier said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2022 at 8:39 AM

I'm so sorry to lose a great friend and neighbor. When we moved into the neighborhood, Bob and Cheryl made us feel like old friends. We will miss you, Bob ...

  • Swansea
  • ILLINOIS
Rankins family said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2022 at 11:05 PM

Condolences to the Gantner family on Bob’s passing, he will be missed by so many. We have so many great memories up on Snowmass mountain because of the Gantner family and Bob’s legend will never be forgotten! Such a kind soul and until we meet again, on the other side of the mountain, RIP Bob

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Joseph Srouji said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Our family sends its sincerest condolences for the loss of Bob. We will remember him for his generosity and love of the slopes — our children experienced the beauty of Snowmass thanks to him. His energy and eagerness to entertain others were second to none. He will be missed. - Srouji family (Paris, France)

  • Paris
  • France
Liz Faulbaum Brown said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2022 at 6:23 AM

Cheryl and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss! Bob was a wonderful, fun, and loving guy. He will be missed by the many people that have been fortunate to have known him. His love of people, and adding joy to the world, is what I will cherish always.

  • New Athens
  • Il
Susan McCourt Baltz said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 9:37 PM

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was my boss early in my career at Magna Bank. He was a lot of fun and always encouraged me and helped me grow. My prayers are with his family and friends.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Bob Fellner said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 5:37 PM

Dear Cheryl, I was so sad to hear of Bob’s passing and it is hard to believe he is gone. Though it has been many years since we were together, I will never forget the many great times we had together. From growing up as little kids to sharing a few drinks as young adults, Bob always had a smile on his face and a witty comment for any occasion. We shared many a hearty laugh on the gatherings at my parents house on New Year’s Day and that is just one of many memories that I will never forget. May God bless you and your family and take some comfort in the wonderful memories of Bob and all of the lives he touched.

  • Kiawah Island
  • South Carolina
Kim and Doug Borror said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 5:18 PM

We were so saddened by the news of Bob passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl and all the family! We are neighbors in Colorado and so looked forward to seeing Bob on his visits. We served together on the condo board and Bob was one of the best board members I have ever served with on any board! He will always be part of our happy memories here in Snowmass.

  • Snowmass Village
  • Colorado
Mike Hagen said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 4:21 PM

I had not seen Bob since High School when we hung around together a lot. Even then Bob was not only a hard worker but also a fun person to hang out with. My sympathy’s to his wife and children.

  • Bluffton.
  • SC
Michael Lukens said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 4:01 PM

I have been blessed with many friends but Bob ranks right on top. We traveled many roads together...business, golf, fishing and I have great memories of our time together. Thanks Bob you will be missed. Mike Lukens

  • Trenton
  • IL Illinois
Michael Lukens said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 4:01 PM

I have been blessed with many friends but Bob ranks right on top. We traveled many roads together...business, golf, fishing and I have great memories of our time together. Thanks Bob you will be missed. Mike Lukens

  • Trenton
  • IL Illinois
Jerry and Marilou Blum said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 3:22 PM

Cheryl, So sorry to hear of your loss. Even after all the past years from Whiteside Drive, Bob has still left a smile on our face when we think of him. He was a real joy to know.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Perri Mickles said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 1:18 PM

Cheryl, We are so sorry to hear such heartbreaking news. Our thoughts are with you and your family. The Stonebridge Condos Team

  • Snowmass Village
  • CO
Pete Hill said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 9:37 PM

Cheryl, I’m so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Bob was a great person to be around. I have good memories of Bob from our younger years. He will be remembered and missed.

  • OFallon
  • Illinois
Terry and Janet Hoefle said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 7:50 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our history dates back to the 60’s. Many great memories were made at Sandy’s Drive-in, SIUE, camping trips, fly fishing weekends and pheasant hunting. Bob will be missed by so many people whose lives he has touched. Our deepest sympathy to you Cheryl & family.

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Patricia A Schaefer said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 3:40 PM

I was so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a fun loving guy. He will be missed by all.

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Rosalie Maul said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 2:21 PM

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Cheryl.

  • O’FALLON
  • IL
Randy and Chris Phillips said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 2:11 PM

We are so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He definitely was a friend to all! Prayers of peace and comfort to the entire Ganter family!🙏

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL.
tdboschert@hotmail.com said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 1:58 PM

Sympathy to all. Memories and his spirit will live on in your heart forever ♥️ “A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved and will never forget.”

  • New Athens
  • IL
Gary Guthrie said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 1:17 PM

Deepest sympathies to the Gantner family. Bob was a loyal supporter of the IL Center for Autism. His wit and smile will be missed by all. Gary & Cindy Guthrie

  • Fairview Hts
  • IL
Susie Riley said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 12:10 PM

Mike and I and our entire family are so saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. We will never forget the wonderful times skiing with your family at Snowmass during the Holidays and how welcoming and warm Bob and you, Cheryl, we’re to all of u! There was an unforgettable summer trip as well that had hot air balloon rides fly fishing, biking, hiking and white water rafting. Bob helped arrange all of it!These memories will keep Bob alive in our hearts. He was one of a kind, and loved by all!! Our deepest condolences go out to the Gantner family and Mike and I are so sorry to miss the services as we are out of the country til the 9 of March. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Susie and Mike Riley

  • Belleville
  • Il
Pat and Kathy Roth said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 12:07 PM

We are so saddened by Bobby's passing and are going to miss him dearly at our Moose gatherings every Wednesday. We had some awesome times that made us laugh to tears. Such a great guy and he so loved Mrs. Gantner, as he called Cheryl. Our meetings will not be the same. Fly high with the angels, buddy. We love you and we know you will be watching over all of us.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Steve and Mona Bishop said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 11:59 AM

Cheryl, Steve and I are so saddened to hear about Bob. He was a truly great guy who lit up any room he entered. He will be greatly missed for his humor and infectious smile. We send our love and prayers for you and your family.

  • Swansea
  • Il
mary said : administrator Report Mar 02, 2022 at 11:53 AM

With warm regards and fond memories. Sincerely your honorary cousin, Roger Remelius

  • Carlsbad
  • California
Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 11:46 AM

Deepest Sympathy to you Cheryl and your family for your loss of Bob. I haven't seen him for years but knew him as a swell guy and good friend with a great personality. May God bless.

  • Belleville
  • IL
mike leopold said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 11:36 AM

So very sorry to hear such sad news. Bob was always fun to be around and will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Wayne & Christie Scher said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2022 at 6:03 PM

Just heard about Bob s passing. Deepest sympathy from Wayne & I . Always brought a smile to those that knew & loved him . Rip Bob ,

  • Belleville
  • Il
Tom and Barb Sintzel said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2022 at 5:06 PM

We are very sad to hear and offer our condolences for the loss of Bob. Many years ago, we met in Belleville at various bars and then SIU and the first time we met was at his first job, Sandy's Hamburgers. Bob was the life of the party, his humor and timely wit were remarkable. Lots of parties and while driving his yellow MGB around town.

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Troy Metheney said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2022 at 4:51 PM

I am grateful to have known Bob and offer my sincerest condolences for your loss. Bob's dedication to the Illinois Center for Autism's students, clients, family, and staff made a difference in countless lives throughout the 18 years he served as a Board Member. Troy Metheney Executive Director Illinois Center for Autism

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL

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