Robert McGlynn

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Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church, Robert Emmett McGlynn peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2023, surrounded by loving family in his home of 60 years. He was 97. He is now reunited with the love of his life, his bride of 72 years, Mary Margaret McGlynn who died on June 22, 2023.

Robert was born September 6, 1926, to Robert E. and Dorothy, nee Maule, McGlynn. He had the benefit of a remarkable Roman Catholic Education.  He attended St. Louis University High School until the untimely death of his father. He then boarded and graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. He graduated early so that he could take two semesters at Saint Louis University before entering the United States Navy for service in World War II. He then enrolled at the University of Notre Dame where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950 and his Law degree in 1951 Cum Laude.

At Notre Dame, his cousin Louise McGlynn introduced him to her roommate at St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Mary Margaret Herr. They fell in love, and he proposed to her at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Notre Dame. Robert’s Jesuit homeroom teacher and mentor from “The High School”, Father Francis J. Carey, married Bob and Margy at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

Robert joined his Uncle Dan McGlynn at the firm of McGlynn & McGlynn which was founded by Robert’s grandfather, Dan, in 1896. Robert applied his education and skills assiduously and successfully. He mastered all aspects of the law: research, writing, oral argument, and trial law.

At McGlynn & McGlynn he practiced with his uncle Dan, brother, James, two cousins, Joseph and Maureen, and sons, Hon. Michael and Hon. Stephen McGlynn. He served as special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. His clients included the National Stockyards Company, St. Louis National Stockyards Federal Reserve Bank, United Transportation Union injured workers, Steamfitters Union, Cahokia Downs and Fairmont Racetracks, E. St. Louis Park District, and numerous banks and insurance companies. He was recognized by his peers with the highest rating of Martindale-Hubbell including the Bar Registry of Pre-eminent Attorneys. He served as President of the East St. Louis Bar Association.

He served on numerous Boards and Commissions including 29 years as Board Member of Bank of Belleville and Magna Bank Group. He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to serve as a Commissioner of the Bi-State Development Agency.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Margaret McGlynn; his parents, Robert E. McGlynn and Dorothy, nee Maule, McGlynn Spannagel; two brothers, James B. McGlynn and Daniel McGlynn; a sister in infancy, Dorothy McGlynn; and nephew, James C. McGlynn.

He is survived by nine children, Robert (Kirsten) McGlynn of San Jose, CA, Mary Kathleen (Anthony) Maloney of Mishawaka, IN, Gregory (Mary) McGlynn of Monroe, LA, Margaret Mary (Mark) Harmon of Atlanta, GA, Hon. Michael (Claire) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, Dorothy (David) Rathgeber of Chicago, IL, Daniel (Denise) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, Hon. Stephen (Mary Anne) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, and Lawrence Linus McGlynn of Belleville, IL; 12 grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa”, Anthony Maloney of Houston, TX, Megan Maloney of South Bend, IN, Nicholas McGlynn of White Settlement, TX, Dr. Maura McGlynn (Dr. Nick) Setliff of Denver, CO, Dr. Margaret (Dr. Daniel) Reynolds of St. Louis, MO, Kathleen (Sia) Khaledi of Washington, DC, Dr. Mary Claire McGlynn of St. Louis, MO, Madelyn McGlynn (Dr. Merritt) Coughlin-Smith of Oak Park, IL, Daniel (Haley) McGlynn of Northbrook, IL, Caitlin (Jon) Flikkema of Edwardsville, IL, Patrick (Emma) McGlynn of St. Louis, MO, and Dorothy McGlynn of St. Louis, MO; 16 great-grandchildren, Eamonn, Xavier, Ronan, and Marianna McGlynn-Setliff, Marie Claire, Joseph, Patrick, and Rose Kathleen Reynolds, Clara and Maria McGlynn Khaledi, Olivia, Laurel and Declan Flikkema, Dean McGlynn, and Nora and Colin McGlynn; a sister-in-law, Marlene McGlynn-Drake, Ocala, FL; and his nephews and a niece, Thomas (Dorretta) Herr, Stephen Herr, John Herr, and Susanne Herr all of Bloomington, IL.

Robert made Catholic education a high priority for his family. All his children attended and graduated Catholic grade school, Catholic high schools, and Catholic colleges. Two attended Catholic Law School. That combined total of 150 years of Catholic education. His grandchildren have a combined 164 years of Catholic education.

Bob’s children and daughters-in-law pitched in to help attend to his needs. However, the family would like to give a special thanks to Stephen and Mary Anne McGlynn and who attended to Robert tirelessly for the last two years in their home, and to Dorothy Rathgeber who moved into the family’s home to stay with Dad during the final weeks before his death. Because of them Robert had constant companionship, love, and care. Because of them Robert did not have to experience a single day of strangers in a strange place for any of his needs. The family would also like to give thanks to Therese Frazier, RN for her thoughtful care and companionship to Dad and to Dr. O’Neill and the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Memorials can be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 5923 North Belt West, Belleville, IL 62223. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Burial with military honors will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Robert McGlynn

The Jude Hopper Family said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 4:48 PM

Dan , Steve, Mike and family. Prayers of comfort. Eternal rest grant unto his kind soul.

  • Stonefort
  • Il
Vivian Sierra said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 2:29 PM

My condolences on your significant loss. He lived an exemplary life.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Heather Tiley said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 5:40 AM

You all have my deepest condolences at this very difficult time. Hold the memories close to your hearts. He was such a dear soul! It was such a blessing getting to know him and some of you, and seeing his eyes light up when I called him “Bobbo”! Thank you so much for allowing Hospice of Southern Illinois to care for him, we are all very grateful.

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Jim and Barbara Compton said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2023 at 3:38 PM

So very sorry for your loss of both your dad and your mom. They were both very lovely gracious people. I have very fond memories of them both and their friendship with my parents, Ted and Pat Gundlach. When your father found my mom was also Irish ☘️ he would always greet her with “ ‘tis herself”. I know they had many fun times on their bank trips and those to Notre Dame for a football game. Please know we are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. Jim and Barb

  • Belleville
  • Il
Donald Weihl said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2023 at 2:34 PM

Few will ever realize what great Christian (catholic) people Bob and Marg were. Their large family with them as parents have made the world a better place. Hopefully their surviving children are comforted by all their parents accomplished. May Bob and Marg rest in peace.

  • Illinois

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