Robert Gimpel

Obituary of Robert William Gimpel

Robert “Bob” William Gimpel

Robert William Gimpel, passed away at the age of 75, on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Willow Falls in Crest Hill, surrounded by the love of his family.  Robert was born on July 16, 1946, the son of the late Robert H. and Ruth (nee Bartelt) Gimpel.  Bob was a lifelong Joliet resident and graduated from Joliet Central High School.  He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University. Bob is a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War.  He has been decorated with a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. 

Bob was a longtime parishioner of the Church of St. Jude in Joliet and was a member of South Wilmington Sportsman’s Club.  He retired from the Will County Health Department after nearly 30 dedicated years as a Health Inspector.  In his encore career, he enjoyed making dream homes a reality for families as a Real Estate agent.  

Bob was a true outdoors man who enjoyed everything that went along with taking in the beauty of nature.  He loved camping, hiking, fishing, working in the garden, and doing all of this with his family. He was also an avid reader.  The best title Bob ever received was that of “Grandpa”, as his time spent with his grandchildren is what he truly cherished. 

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Paulette (nee Viano) Gimpel; his daughters, Jennifer (Charles) Johnson and Julie (Brian) Brewer; grandchildren, Grace, Cameron, Emma, and Cooper; five siblings, Christopher, (Shirley) Gimpel, Thomas (Marcia) Gimpel, Mary (Phil) Krall, Joan (Bob) Todorovich, and Sue (Tom) Cecola; and his fur babies, Ivy, Lucy, Laney, and Hattie. Numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws also survive.

The family would like to thank the staff of Willow Falls and Transitions Hospice for the love and care shown to Bob and the entire family.

Funeral Services for Robert William Gimpel will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 9:15 a.m., from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL, to Church of St. Jude, 2212 McDonough St., Joliet, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with military honors held under the auspices of the United States Army.  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.  In accordance with the Ilinois guidelines, masks will be required. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.

For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.



2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500
In accordance with the Ilinois guidelines, masks will be required. 

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Friday, January 14, 2022
Church of St. Jude - Joliet
2212 McDonough Street
Joliet, Illinois, United States
We will have prayers at the funeral home chapel at 9:15 a.m. before processing to church.


12:00 pm
Friday, January 14, 2022
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.
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