Robert Gellner

Robert Gellner
Print Obituary
Robert L. Gellner, 95, of Belleville, IL, born December 3, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at The Villas of Holly Brook, Belleville, IL.

Robert was a World War II United States Navy veteran. He worked as a senior product engineer for the White-Rogers Division at Emerson Electric. Robert was a member of the Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, where he obtained the highest degree in the Moose, the Pilgram Degree. He was also a member of the Belleville VFW Post 1739.

Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Emmelene A. Gellner, nee Toensing, whom he married on July 2, 1949, in St. Louis MO, and who died on July 17, 2015; a granddaughter, Christa Meyer; his parents, Jacob and Mildred, nee Mueller, Gellner-Ostendorf; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Wallin.

Surviving are his four daughters, Connie Wallin of Ocala, FL, Sandra (Jeffery) Meyer of Marquez, TX, April (Morton) Friedman of Belleville, IL, and Jacqueline (Steven) Lemmon of Millstadt, IL; six grandchildren, Stacey (Ronald) Kays of Collinsville, IL, Kara (Justin) Zorn of Pflugerville, TX, Heather (Jerad) Busch of Cape Girardeau, MO, Shari (Seth) Brock of Hendersonville, TN, Drew (Ashleigh) Friedman of Belleville, IL, and Brett (Jenna) Friedman of Belleville, IL; eleven great-grandchildren, Ashlyn (Patrick) Yoakum, Abbie (Tyler) Gilliland, Leyla Scannell, Ariana and Olivia Friedman, Drake and Izek Busch, Knox and Stella Brock, and Emmelene and Juliette Zorn; three great-great-grandchildren, Collin, Camden, and Cooper Yoakum; a sister-in-law, Jeanetta Jarrett; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Mooseheart Child City and School Inc. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private family visitation and services will be held.


4 Comments on Robert Gellner

Scott Hart said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 12:47 PM

We send our deepest sympathy on your loss of an incredible father, grandfather, uncle and brother-in-law in Robert. Thank you for sharing his life with the Moose Fraternity all these years. His wisdom, generous heart and spirit of service blessed so many, including the children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mooseheart
  • IL
Terry and Charlotte Walther said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 10:43 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your father. We appreciated having you and your family as neighbors for many years. May God give you all comfort and peace at this sad time.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois 62223
Brett & Becky Brock said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2023 at 9:43 AM

Jackie & family, we send our love and deepest sympathy during your time of loss. We pray you all feel God’s presence and peace.

  • Cedar Hill
  • TN
Shari & Terry Dahm said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2023 at 7:11 PM

Dear Jackie, We are very sorry for the loss of your Dad. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Il

Add Public Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.