OBITUARY

Robert Alan Schlifke

June 25, 1949December 15, 2020

Robert (Bob) A. Schlifke 71 passed away on December 15, 2020 in Westfield, IN. Bob was born in South Bend, Indiana on June 25, 1949 to Arthur R. Schlifke and Maxine K. Schlifke (Clemans), who predeceased him.

Bob is survived by his wife Susan (Luekens) Schlifke; sons Gregory (Rachelle) of Westfield, IN and Peter (Sarah) of Zionsville, IN; grandchildren William, Emily, Cole, Lucia, Iyla and Josef; his sister Deborah Clark of Zionsville, IN; and a nephew Jonathan Clark of Washington, D.C. His family, especially the grandchildren, were the light of his life.

Bob was a 1967 graduate of James Whitcomb Riley High School, South Bend. He received his BA degree in Political Science from Valparaiso University in 1971, and his JD from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1974. He was a 2017 graduate of the Education for Ministry program of The University of the South, Swanee, TN.

Bob practiced law in South Bend for 40 years, and was also a member of the adjunct faculty at Indiana University South Bend for more than 20 years. He served as a St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor; a member of the St. Joseph County Board of Zoning Appeals, the St. Joseph County Humane Society, Parkview Juvenile Center Board of Directors, and on the congregational council at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Since moving to Westfield, IN in 2013 he has been a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis where he served on the Stewardship Strategy Committee and on the Parish Vestry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions mby be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208; and to Valparaiso University, 1700 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

A private family service will be help at St. Paul's Episcopal Church due to Covid-19.

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Kathy Miller

December 21, 2020

I grew up with Bob & Debbie at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Bob was always fun to be around. He was like a watchful big brother to all of his sister's friends. May he now be at peace and reunited with his wonderful parents. They were a fine family. Debbie, I hope you find comfort in knowing they are all together again. Blessings to you, my friend.

Gary Groth

December 21, 2020

Having grown up attending Redeemer Lutheran in South Bend, the Schlifke family was a fixture there for everything. My condolences to the entire family and especially Bob’s sister, Deb. She and I were in Sunday school and confirmation class together and eventually ended up at Valparaiso University too. May God’s peace be yours.

Kirk & Lisa Philippsen

December 20, 2020

Both Lisa and I were sorry to see Bob's passing. He was such a great member of the Cathedral of St. James, coming from the Lutheran faith to worship with us. He was one, one looked forward to seeing and talking with most every week. He so loved his family and especially the Grandkids. May the Lord look upon him with grace as he comes into His arms.

Beverly Linde

December 19, 2020

I met Bob when he was completing his fourth year of EFM at St. Paul’s and I was starting my first year. it was a pleasure to share his insights into the scriptures. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Sincerely, Bev Linde

Mark Stoner

December 18, 2020

Susan and family:
I was very sorry to learn of Bob's passing. It was always a joy to see him at St. Paul's Episcopal and talk about our shared experiences in criminal law. He was always extremely kind, friendly and interested in making the world a better place. He made many contributions to the community in St. Joseph and Marion counties and his family can be proud of his years of dedicated service. May he find peace in God's ever loving arms. He will be missed.

Sarah Bowers

December 18, 2020

Susan and Deb,
I was so sorry to learn of Bob's death in yesterday's paper. Thinking of your family brought back many wonderful memories. When I shared the sad news with my mom, who has lived in Indianapolis at The Forum at the Crossing for almost four years, she shared a sweet story about Bob. When he was about 4 and I was a baby he taught me how to walk. Our parents would get together every week to play cards and he had no choice but to play with me. According to Mom he said to me one time "I'm going to teach you how to walk" and that night he got me walking!
Sincere condolences from us. I'll let Sally know and I'm sure that she shares in our sympathy to all of you.
Sarah Bowers and Marian Bowers

George Slenski

December 18, 2020

Sue and Family, So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I enjoyed getting to know Bob over the last few years in the St Paul's men's group and EFM. I know Mary also enjoyed the times we were able to get together for couple and TGIF dinners. We had great conversations. May Bob Rest in Peace.

George Slenski

Henry and Margaret Mendoza

December 17, 2020

Dear Sue and Family,
Sometimes there are no words that can reveal the feelings of the heart, but please accept our deepest thoughts and prayers for the family at this time. Love,
Henry and Margaret Mendoza

Charles Kundtz

December 17, 2020

Dear Cousin Susie and family, we wish you peace and comfort in this trying time. Know that Bob was loved and respected. May God keep you in his living arms.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY