Robert Petri

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Robert L. Petri, 73, of Millstadt, IL, born September 18, 1944, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, November 10, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, with his family by his side.

Bob retired from Belleville West High School after 34 years as a teacher/administrator.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed building and remodeling.  While retired, he and Sandy enjoyed traveling at home and abroad.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Petri.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra, nee Hull, Petri;
a step-son, Matt Schewe of Belleville, IL;
two step-daughters, Erin (Dan) Steinkamp of Fenton, MO, and Brie (Bob) Fournie, Jr. of Millstadt, IL;
an adopted daughter, Karen (Bryan) Turner of Edwardsville, IL;
eight grandchildren, Tyler, Ian, and Kennedy Steinkamp,  Madison and Braden Fournie, and Chloe, Cooper, and Macy Turner;
his mother, Ruth D., nee Schrader, Petri of Belleville, IL;
and a sister, Jeany (Billy Marion) Ackiss of Portsmouth, VA.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.




13 Comments on Robert Petri

Judy James said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Sandy, Ruth and Jeany, so very sorry for your loss. May the love of family and friends and great memories of Bob help you get through this time of sorrow.

  • Okawville
  • IL
Shannon (Norbet) Cormier said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Sandy and Family, I'm so sad to hear of his passing. I have many fond memories of Bob and only 1 trip to the principal's office on my record and at least he laughed at me when I showed up at his door :) Prayers of peace during this time.

  • Charlotte
  • NC
Ryan and Kimberly Castello said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2017 at 10:11 PM

Out deepest thoughts and prayers are with you, Sandy, and your Family during this very difficult time. What a wonderful man to have known and call a friend.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Gary and Carol Weshinskey said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the Petri family. Bob was a fine administrator and a fine man.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Donald Jones said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2017 at 6:33 PM

My wife and I extend our sympathy to Sandy and the Petri family. Bob did an excellent job at West and his friends will miss him. I retired in 1990 from the Music Department at West.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Beth Shackelford said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Mr. Petri will be remembered so fondly by all of us from Belleville West. He had such an impact on so many.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Denise Dewing Schoppet said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2017 at 11:54 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to Sandy, and her family.

  • Bethalto
  • Illinois
Sandra Carron said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2017 at 8:31 PM

I am so sorry to hear of this! It was good to reunite with Bob at our 50th class reunion and catch up on life, careers, and family. Bob and I share education as our life's career and it was great learning about his dedication to his career, family and friends. I'm so sorry to the family and send my heartfelt condolences. Sandy

  • Bend
  • Oregon
bob bruss said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2017 at 5:47 PM

My prayers are sent to you and family Dad and I ran Kennys Tire where Dobbs is now in Swansea. We took care of some car issues and I knew bob from School. What a great Man. God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carl and Patsy Ackiss said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2017 at 5:03 PM

To us, "Butch' will be remembered as a man of integrity with a strong work ethic. He was nothing short of a success model and inspiration to many that benefitted from his career choice as an educator. Through his sister Jeany, we cherish times spent with him and the entire Petri family. Our thoughts are with all of you. Rest in peace "Butch".

  • Portsmouth
  • Virginia
Phyllis Salvaggio said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2017 at 1:07 PM

I was so sorry to hear of your step dads passing. He is being held in the arms of our loving father. May his love and strength bring peace to your family during this difficult time. All my Love Phyllis

  • Imperial
  • Mo
John Amenn said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2017 at 1:34 AM

Mr. Petri was a great man! I always looked up to him. I loved coming into the office to talk to him. He would tell me a stupid joke or give me a hard time. He was a great influence and a great friend!

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Terry and Teresa Castello said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2017 at 10:56 PM

Sandy we are so sorry and if there is anything we can do we are here for you Your all in ours prayers

  • Millstadt
  • Il

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