Robert Voegele

Robert J. "Grumpy Bob" Voegele

Sunday, May 22nd, 1949 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Robert "Grumpy Bob" Voegele, born in 1949 in Highland, IL to the late William and Florence Voegele, passed away early Friday morning, September 18, 2020.

In 1977, Robert married Cathy Malter, and together they raised two children, Bobbi and Raymond.

Robert farmed for many years in Marine, IL, and then later opened a small engine repair shop, B & C Equipment. He operated his shop in Maryville, IL where he served the community's small engine repair needs for nearly 25 years. Robert enjoyed working on small engines, prided himself on doing a job with excellence, and also in getting most repairs done within just a few days.

Later, he and his wife Cathy also opened an antique/collectibles shop (Fancy That! Collectibles and Antiques) at the same location, which they operated for nine years. Their son, Raymond, also operated NewFire Gaming, a video game store there during the same time. In 2014, they all blended their businesses together under one name, Grumpy Bob's Emporium, which the family continues to operate in Bob's loving memory still today. The shop, loved by many far and wide, continues to carry thousands of video games, movies, music, toys and more.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence; four brothers: John Voegele, Bill Voegele, Francis Voegele and Ray Voegele; five sisters: Alice Belville, Kathleen Steward, Sandra Sheik, Josephine Voegele and Ann Webster.

Robert is survived by his wife Cathy; his children: Bobbi Johnston (Charles) of Troy, IL, Raymond Voegele (Amanda) of Maryville, IL; three grandchildren: Michael, Chloe and William; two sisters: Vera Daiber of Marine, IL and Rozann Sebor (Ron) of Newkirk, OK; plus numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

For visitation, friends may gather with the family from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2020 at Kalmer Memorial Service/Funeral Home at 8638 US-50, (between Lebanon and O’Fallon) The family asks that social distancing guidelines be observed.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 p.m., and will be live streamed at

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Steven Tomaszewski

Posted at 01:09pm
Cathy and family, so sorry for your loss.
Steve Tomaszewski

Diane Marco

Posted at 10:39pm

When my Husband and I first met Bob we were in the market to buy a Riding Lawn Mower We bought a Rider from him that ran for 11 years whenever we needed a repair done he would pat my husband on the back and say I am going to teach a few things about mowers! He always came to our yard sales looking for treasures! I remember one sale we had he came up looked around and spotted a push mower he said you are not going to use that old thing are you? And then he spotted a few other items that were not in our sale but he talked us into selling them to him! He always teased with us and said you know I really am Grumpy Bob! He used to tease my husband and ask what did you do to the mower now? He taught my husband a lot about small engines! We always looked forward to him riding down West Main in his truck with loads of treasures ! We will wear our shirts in honor of Bob. He was truly a wonderful and kind man. And we were so Blessed to have known him. Our thoughts and Prayers are with his Family May God be with you all in this most Difficult time. I know Bob will always be here in Spirit and every time we walk through the door at Grumpy Bob's we will remember him ! Thank You Bob for your wisdom and your jokes ! You will be missed! God Speed My Friend!

Brad Greer

Posted at 04:55pm
Ben and I were laughing at an old Bob story about a week ago, before his passing. It kindled many fond memories and laughs.

Raymond, Bobbi and Cathy, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Brad Greer

Donna Shirley

Posted at 12:46pm
So, so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time and the many days ahead. Love, Mike and Donna (Ausmus) Shirley

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