Robert Trentman

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Robert W. Trentman, 80, of Belleville, IL, born November 23, 1941, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, May 13, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Trentman held an associate degree from the former Belleville Area College and worked as an engineer with the state of Illinois for 30 years before his retirement.  He also farmed during those years.  He was a member of the Smoke’n Aces poker league and enjoyed playing any card game but especially Texas Holdem. Bob was a former member of the Belleville swing dance club. He was the inspiration for the 2014 movie “Belleville” and appeared as an actor in the production. He loved anything outdoors but especially gardening, mushroom hunting, and arrowhead hunting.  He was a member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Trentman; his mother, Marie, nee Flassig, Wiskamp; and a brother, Gary Trentman; and his stepfather, Roy Wiskamp.

Surviving are two sons, Robert John (Kelly) Trentman of Belleville, IL,
and Theodore Joseph Trentman (Drew Panico) of Los Angeles, CA;
three grandchildren, Clinton, Evan, and Emma Trentman;
a brother, Donnie Wiskamp of St. Louis, MO;
nieces and nephews;
and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to St. Clair County CASA, 1801 North Belt West, Belleville, IL  62226. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


4 Comments on Robert Trentman

Brenda Romine said : Guest Report May 19, 2022 at 2:26 PM

My condolences to Bob's family. I knew Bob from the Dance Club. We would dance anywhere there was good music like Bobby's or Corvette's. He was one of a kind dancer and a fun person to be around.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Karen Rees said : Guest Report May 18, 2022 at 8:35 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of Robert’s family and friends. His ex wife Jolene and I became friends when their son Ted Trentman and my daughter Karen Ann Matikitis we’re about one month old and our older sons were in Kindergarten together. We are still great friends today. We still get together periodically and share each other’s ongoing happy and sad life events. R.I.P. Robert. God bless and keep you. Sincerely, Love Karen

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
William Sullivan said : Guest Report May 17, 2022 at 7:24 AM

My sincerest condolences to the family. I worked with Bob for Illinois DOT the summer of 1975. He was a character—and a great guy.

  • Papillion
  • NE
Mike Bud said : Guest Report May 16, 2022 at 9:41 AM

Deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Bob at IDOT. A great person to know and learn from

  • Swansea
  • Illinois

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