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Brian Keith Zirkelbach

September 24, 1969October 29, 2020
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Brian Keith Zirkelbach, 51, of Carbondale, Illinois passed away on October 29, 2020. He was born on September 24, 1969 in Granite City, Illinois to James "Jim" R. and Mary V. (Lebro) Zirkelbach. In 1996, Brian graduated from Indiana University Law School with his Doctorate in Law. He was a dedicated attorney for 22 years and has established many heart-giving relationships with many clients and families. He married Robbi Spreitler on March 9, 2002.

Brian's greatest love and passion was his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren no matter where life took them. From snowboarding trips in Vail to annual beach trips in Florida, he loved traveling and going on new adventures with his family.

He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast with a competitive spirit. He loved being an active Papa to his grandsons and enjoyed playing football and basketball with them.

Known for his delicious pancakes and French Toast for breakfast, Brian was an excellent chef and enjoyed bringing the family together with his amazing dishes.

Brian was a pet lover and he had a special love for his dog, Enzo. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Brian is survived by his loving wife, Robbi Zirkelbach; children, Caleb (Moriah), Colton (Daphne-Jayne) and Casie (Jack); parents, Jim and Mary Zirkelbach; grandchildren, Ronan, Ebin and Henry; siblings, Robert (Sandee) Zirkelbach, Dennis (Julie) Zirkelbach, James (Bonnie) Zirkelbach, Tracy (Bret) Werner, Joan (Brent) Cain, Kimberly (John) Burns, Mark (Sandy) Zirkelbach and Bradley Zirkelbach; and close family friends, Jesse, Charly (Dalton) and their children, Amilya, Isabellah, Paisley and Walker.

Private services will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church. To view the Mass of Christian Burial via livestream, please visit Brian's obituary page at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 2nd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are greatly appreciated to St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter https://stfrancis-care.org/donate/

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Robin Spreitler

November 12, 2020

What I will always remember Brian for is that he LOVED our daughter Robbi, and Caleb, Colton and Casie. We are so very grateful to God for Brian, and that God brought Brian and Robbi together. He was taken way too soon, and that is so hard to understand. But the years they had together were so rich - in love, in adventures and making memories. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Sarah Allison

November 9, 2020

Junior year of high school Casie and I went to Prom together as “dates”. As soon as we were ready, Casie and I headed outside so Robbi could take pictures. As Robbi was giving pointers on how and where to stand in our long dresses, camera in hand, Brian could be heard in the background yelling over Robbi (and that’s not easy to do), “Sarah, girl! You square those shoulders and stand TALL. Wear the shit out of those heels!” This is the first time I had heard the “stand tall encouragement” outside of my own parents. For me, growing up I was always a little self-conscious about my height. I towered over all the boys flat footed. The moment I put on a pair of heels it wasn’t uncommon for everyone to feel the need to question my choice of shoes, "Why do you wear heels? You’re so tall.” Brian didn’t know this at the time, but his words gave me the confidence at that awkward age of 16 to proudly wear my height and to unapologetically be myself. From that day, Brian never stopped reminding me to square my shoulders. It's 13 years later and I still get questioned on my shoe choice, but that's because of Brian's influence for me to be who I am. Last week this question annoyed me. Little did I know this annoyance would turn to a gift, a gift of Brian's memory and hearing him say, “Girl, stand tall, square your shoulders and wear the shit out of your heels!” My heart breaks hearing of this tragic loss. Life is interesting in the fact that eventually age doesn't play a factor in friendships. Over the years, Robbi and Brian went from “Casie’s parents”, to dear friends. I hold close to my heart the times we had. Brian’s relationship advice, taste in wine, lemon vinaigrette recipe, and flourless chocolate cake with raspberries are second to none. I will forever think of Brian as I dress my salads with his famous lemon vinaigrette, drink a great Italian red with chocolate, while proudly wearing heels. Until next time, Brian. I know you are smiling and laughing from above.

Matthew Catton

November 6, 2020

The first time I met Brian, we were having his future son in laws bachelor party. Jack warned me about Brian and how competitive he was, and Jack knew him and I would get along through our love of golf and talking trash. We were playing a scramble and my team beat Brian's that day, and you would have thought it was the worst thing that has ever happened. He got his revenge later that day at the go-cart track and he did not hold back on me after he won that race! At that point I knew that Brian and I would get along very well. Before Jack and Casie's wedding a group of us went to play golf and Brian wanted a rematch one-on-one. Casie told me that it was the only thing he was talking about, how bad he wanted to get me back for beating him on the course. I loved it. We walked separately from the rest of the group and became great friends that day. I got the best of him that day too! Sorry Brian!
I had the opportunity to share a lot of meals, a Florida vacation, and a lot of rounds of golf with Brian. He was a great man. Watching him around his grand kids was always a treat. He loved all those boys with his whole heart. I am going to miss my friend, but I am so happy that he allowed me to be a part of his life.

Wes Jeffries

November 6, 2020

From the very 1st time I met Brian is was like meeting a best friend you never knew you had. He was such a caring person, and could talk to him about anything. I remember when they graciously invited me to their family vacation to Florida a few years back, me and Brian stayed up super late talking about cars and sports till probably 1am after everyone went to bed on the back balcony. He was also the most patient man I have ever know, I say that because he had to be when he was trying to teach me how to paddle board, I’m sure he got some good laughs from that and also they few times I tired to play golf with him, those sure where some fun times. Also to this day his chicken pesto will beat anyone’s in the world hands down! So thankful he gave me the recipe. We sure did lose a great man but the memories we all have with him will live with us till we see him again! Love and praying for you Robbie, Casie, Jack and the boys!

Randa Marvel

November 4, 2020

Brian and Robbi shared their home with my family on several occasions. We loved to talk about traveling and eating good food. Brian was a wonderful cook. He prepared Pesto Chicken for us all one night. It was delicious. He also taught me how to make it. It has been my son's favorite dish ever since. We will remember Brian for his kindness, willingness to help others, and loving our sweet Robbi so well.

Cathy Kleifgen

November 4, 2020

I wish I could have known him better, he seemed so sweet and friendly, always had a smile on his face. I hope you and your family take comfort in all your memories, especially the ones with all his wonderful grand babies!!

Mandy Compton

November 3, 2020

My uncle Brian is a man that I have always deeply loved and respected. Even though we lived a good distance away and didn't see each other as often as I would have liked, his love for us is something I have never questioned. Steve and I have have been going back to a family vacation in one of the Carolinas when Keenin was just over year old and Brian thought it was a great idea to teach Keenin how to box! It may have been a fleeting moment, but that memory has always stuck with us. The joy they shared that night was amazing!

Meagan Matthews

November 2, 2020

I had the privilege of working for and beside Brian for quite a few years. He was impeccably skilled as an attorney but also as a storyteller. Brian’s version was always the best version. Whether it was about his golf game or a recent trip, I enjoyed listening to his take on events no matter how big or small they were.

Brian was a firm believer in educating his clients and worked hard to give each client the best recovery possible. He was very generous, unintentionally funny, an excellent teacher and a vigorous advocate for many. He was one of a kind and my close friend, and I miss him every day.

Alice SvandaI

November 2, 2020

Brian was a special person. I thought of you and him often. We will miss him,but I know he is with God and we will someday meet again. Love and prayers Alice Svanda

Kelli Brewer

November 2, 2020

Brian was instrumental in the most tragic time of my life. He was not only my attorney but also a great friend. He will forever be in my heart and Robbie and the family in my prayers.

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