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Robert Raymond Olliges
March 25, 1932 – March 26, 2020
Robert “Bob” Olliges passed quietly from this life and made his way to heaven Thursday morning, March 26th, at home with those who loved him by his side.
Bob was born March 25, 1932 in St. Louis to William and Alberta (Margold) Olliges. A lifelong St. Louisan, Bob first worked with his father William “Bill” Olliges at Automotive Brake. He then worked at Quality Dairy, Sealtest Dairy, Anderson Motor Freight and OK Trucking, driving as a member of the Teamsters, and for a number of years served as a weekend dispatcher for Yellow Cab company. After retiring from driving, he worked for Boatmen’s Bank and then answered phones for Plumbing Masters. He was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
He will be wholeheartedly missed, but is at peace after battling several chronic illnesses. Reflecting on his life journey, we admire how much he had both accomplished and experienced. A father to 4, stepfather to 1, grandfather to 14, and great grandfather to 7, his life was never short of love, excitement, or babysitting. He showed up to celebrate birthday parties, First Communions and Confirmations, sporting events, graduations, school Grandparent’s Days, and O’Charley’s dinner outings with a big smile on his face; he had his Tervis of something sweet and cold with him and the best kisses for your cheeks. He loved to dance, sing, and play the drums, blitz, gin rummy, and dominoes, and he never liked to lose. And there was always a dog at home by his side!
Remembering his overwhelming charm and caring demeanor leaves one with both a smile and tears. Losing an exemplary loved one always strikes a painful chord. However, there is significant beauty in being able to appreciatively look at his long life and think “that was a life full of love and living.” Bob never knew a stranger and generously gave smiles and compliments to all.
He said his final goodbye in the comfort of his own home with his wife and children by his side, just one day after celebrating a small, Neil Diamond-full party with him for his 88th birthday on March 25th.
He wrote one hell of a life story. His smile and presence will be eternally missed, but fortunately, bits and pieces of his dynamic personality will carry on within his children and their children.
Bob is survived by his wife Gerry (Roncal) Olliges, and his children: Kathleen (Olliges) & Kevin Tofall, Mark & Terry Olliges, Valerie (Olliges) & Joseph Elking, Lisa (Olliges) & Greg Green (Joplin) and Teresa (Roncal) & Ron Deno.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane Dorothy (Menke) Olliges, brother Dale Olliges and his parents.