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Robert Damien Kaercher

Born: Tue., Apr. 30, 1946
Died: Sun., Mar. 24, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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  Robert Damien Kaercher, 72, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday, March 24th at his home following an extended illness.

  Bob was born in Chicago, IL. to the late Erville C. and Loretta (LaBadie) Kaercher, on April 30, 1946.

  He is survived by his son, Robert Daniel Kaercher, daughter-in law, Denise Lilly and grandson, Desmond J. Lilly Kaercher of Chicago, IL, three sisters; Evelyn Wilmeth of LaPorte, IN, Anita Gieselman of St. Augustine, FL and Paulette Kennedy of Scottsdale, AZ, three brothers; Richard of Elkhart, IN, Larry of Bridgman, MI and Joel Kaercher of Atlanta, GA., his ex-wife, Christine McMurrough Kaercher, and his beloved companion, Lyn Gorski. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Loretta Battistoni and brother, Carlem Kaercher.

  Bob was a lifetime resident of the Michiana Area. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, aboard the U.S.S. Wasp, 1965-1969, during the Viet Nam Era. He retired from Damon Corporation in Nappanee, IN as a carpenter.

  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, repairing household items but especially loved being with his family.

  Bob was a member of Parents Without Partners, Michiana Mustang Club, and was an avid follower of the Notre Dame Lady Irish Basketball Team, with his beloved companion, Lyn Gorski.

   The family requests memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s name to The Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601 or to any Hospice of your choice.

  Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Robert’s Life will be announced at a later date.  

  The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Bob’s family and friends.

  Condolences may be expressed at our web site: www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com


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Jill Cecil
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
I was so very sorry to hear about Robert's death. What a wonderful companion and friend he was to our family - especially our father, Joseph T. Cecil. Home Instead did a perfect job matching the two of them. Both were in the U.S. Navy - our Dad for 20 yrs. They had so much in common. Thanks to Robert's wonderful care, Dad was able to remain in his home for quite some time before his dementia became severe enough that he had to move to a memory unit assisted living facility. Wishing all his family and friends many wonderful memories. Robert will be remembered.

Teresa Cecil
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
I just read the post my sister, Jill, left as she sent me an email of Robert's passing. I couldn't agree with her more. Home Instead seemed to match him and my dad, Joseph Cecil well. I know my dad enjoyed Robert's visits. One morning when I was heading back home to West Lafayette, Robert arrived and sat at the kitchen table.My dad came out of his room with his coat and hat on and said, "Hey, that guy came to take me out to lunch" (or something to that effect). Robert heard him and said, "Well, we have to have breakfast first." That got my dad into the kitchen to sit down and have some hot chocolate. Robert helped us get my dad into an assisted living facility when his dementia got worse and I don't know how we could have done it without him. He even cried when he left showing what a special relationship they had. He also came to my dad's viewing when he died. So sorry for your loss. Robert was a great man.

Nancy Smith
   Posted Sun March 31, 2019
Robert Kaercher was a very good man. I knew him through Parents without Partners. Her was the treasurer at his passing. Lyn and Robert were often at the PWP birthday parties. As a matter of fact, Robert was the host of one of the most recent ones. Blessings to you dear Robert. May you rest in peace. My sincere sympathy to Lyn and your entire family. You will be missed.

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