Robert Koerber

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Robert Norman Koerber, 78, of Freeburg, IL, born April 17, 1943, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Koerber was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520. He was the former fire chief of Freeburg, IL, and a member of the Freeburg Historical Society and the New Athens Sportsman’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Florence, nee Sehlinger, Koerber; a brother, Richard Koerber; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Koerber; and the mother of his children, Marybeth, nee Janssen, Koerber.

Surviving are his children, Matthew (Jamie Believeau) Koerber, David (Jennifer) Koerber, and Julie (Jay) Bauer;
and 13 grandchildren, Irene Brown, Van Brown, Maximilian Brown, Trace Bauer, Vivian Bauer, Eve Bauer, Hattie Bauer, Jake Koerber, Katelyn Koerber, Jed Koerber, Josh Believeau, Bryce Believeau, and Camden Believeau.

Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Historical Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at George Renner & sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


9 Comments on Robert Koerber

Bob Kehrer said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2021 at 9:47 AM

As a retired Local 520 member, I regret not being able to be there. I extend my sympathy to all of Bob's family.

  • Lenzburg
  • Illinois
Bob Culli said : Guest Report Jul 28, 2021 at 7:31 AM

My sympathy to the family. Fellow classmate of '61 and friend --- Rest in peace. Bob

  • Springfield
  • IL
David Wildermuth said : Guest Report Jul 26, 2021 at 6:47 PM

As Commander of Col. Friedrich K. Hecker Camp #443 S.U.V.C.W. I send our deepest sympathy to the family of our Brother Robert . May he rest in peace with our ancestors who fought to preserve the Union.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Muzette R Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Jul 26, 2021 at 9:25 AM

I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Breese
  • IL
Cheryl Gerfen-Linder said : Guest Report Jul 26, 2021 at 9:01 AM

Julie, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My Mom and him had the best political talks! It's hard to lose your parents. You and your brothers have my sympathy!

  • Fayetteville
  • IL
jeff hacker said : Guest Report Jul 26, 2021 at 7:16 AM


  • creve coeur
  • mo
Benjamin Janssen said : Guest Report Jul 25, 2021 at 10:42 PM

Prayers, blessings, and peace to you all.

  • Williams Bay
  • Wisconsin
Amanda Huffman said : Guest Report Jul 25, 2021 at 1:09 PM

I’m truly sorry for your loss of Bob ...

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Kathy said : Guest Report Jul 25, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Called things like he saw it.Rest in peace.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois

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