WINDSOR HEIGHTS — Robert E. “Bob” Schiller, 89, of Windsor Heights, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Unity Point Critical Care Unit at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, surrounded by his family.
Born in Chicago, IL on July 12, 1924, Bob was one of three children of the late Rienhold and Alice White Schiller. Bob was especially close to his older brother, Wellington “Welly” Schiller.
Bob graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1942 and worked at the Des Moines Register in advertising until he retired in 1980. Before attending college, Bob served as a medic in the Navy during WWII.
Bob was a talented and gifted musician who primarily played the upright bass, but who also was accomplished at playing the piano and several other instruments. He was part of The Samuelson Trio who premiered their musical legacy with a four-week booking at the Des Moines Club in 1971 that lasted 25 years. The Trio played for many dignitaries including U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas who commented, “This is my kind of music.”
In addition to his passion for playing musical gigs around the greater Des Moines area up until just a few months ago, he was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan, and completed the daily crossword puzzle.
Bob’s memory will be cherished by his daughter, Joy (Frank Vivone) of Polk City, IA; son, Bill (Liz) of Ottumwa and their children, Charlie (Michelle) of Nashville, TN and Max Schiller of Madison, WI; son, Jim (Anne) and their children, Sam and Hailey of Happy Valley, OR; and son, Jeff (Vickie) of Albuquerque, NM.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; a grandson, Cpl Jonathan E. “Jon” Schiller.
A graveside memorial service and inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe with Pastor David Peterson officiating. Military honors will be accorded.
Following the memorial graveside services, a reception will be held at Bob’s home, beginning at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, www.arl-iowa.org.
Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa is in charge of arrangements.