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740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Robert Norman Syljebeck

July 8, 1946March 7, 2020
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After a long battle with dementia, Bob passed peacefully March 7, 2020 at Prairie Lakes Health, Noblesville, Ind. He was 73. Born July 8, 1946 in Chicago to Norman and Mildred (Michaelsen) Syljebeck, Bob was a 1964 graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School where he played football and wrestled. He matriculated to Purdue University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. At Purdue, he was initiated into Acacia Fraternity and met his future bride, Sally Edwards. They married June 7, 1969 in Indianapolis and attended his Purdue commencement the following day. The Syljebecks celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer and enjoyed a full and fruitful life that centered on family and lifelong friends that date to their college days. He was an ardent Purdue fan, long-time John Purdue Club member and attended football and men’s basketball games through thick and thin for many years. Professionally, Bob began his career as a design engineer with Barber Greene of Aurora, Ill. Over time his prowess became the design of conveyor systems for materials handling. He eventually moved into sales engineering in the aggregates industry, culminating with his own manufacturer’s rep business. He was active in the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association until he retired in 2013. While he loathed yard work, Bob would tackle odd jobs and large to small home projects with vigor. True to his engineering mind, he was a master cataloger. That included client engineering projects, the location and hours of restaurants within his Midwest sales territory and home recipes. Of the latter, he knew his way around the kitchen almost as well as a drafting board. Proud of his Norwegian heritage, he passed along his love of winter, the water, all kinds of fish and Nordic foods to his children and grandchildren. They were eager adopters, lutefisk being the one exception. Having spent his boyhood summers at Lake Geneva, Wis., Bob particularly loved his later days with family and friends at Hilton Head Island and Crooked Lake in Michigan. Bob and Sally are the parents of John (Jasmine) Syljebeck of Westfield and Ann (Greg) Schwartz of Madison, Ind. Other survivors: Grandchildren Julia and William Syljebeck; Jackson, Griffin and Charlie Schwartz; sisters-in-law Patty (Jim) Russell and Carol (the late Richard) Syljebeck; niece Sue Syljebeck, nephew Michael (Lora) Syljebeck. The family greatly appreciates the caring support Bob received in his final days from Heartland Hospice. Services: Calling 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 and funeral officiated by Rev. Glenn McDonald at 11 a.m. March 13 at Leppert Mortuary, 740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. Graveside service to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials: Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation and Purdue University Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 13, 2020

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Jeff Wilson

March 13, 2020

Sally and family,
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was one of the giants of the Aggregate business! He helped me in so many ways with different plants and ideas.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeff Wilson
Mid Michigan Materials

Lori Hilton

March 9, 2020

Syljebeck’s, I wrote this to Ann but wanted to share with all. What wonderful special memories I have of Mr Syljebeck. He was one of the greatest people who genuinely treated me like a daughter. From supporting Ann and my dream of building a play house, to yelling at us for always turning off that switch in the basement (😊)to playing egg in his car on the way to swimming, to feeding me sardines and frozen strawberries before he cleaned out your house (you guys were already gone. It was just me and bob hanging out eating this weird, but surprisingly delicious concotion). The list goes on and on. I am so very sorry for your loss and please know I’m mourning with you guys. In this world, he was truly one in a trillion. I’m thinking of you and your family and send my love and hugs to everyone.

Tom Curley

March 8, 2020

I worked with Bob at Nordberg in the 1980 timeframe. He was one of the friendliest, most positive individuals I had the pleasure of working with. Later on in our careers Bob and I represented Deister Machine Company and I was fortunate to stay in touch with him through those times. I always looked forward to seeing him. He used to greet me with a big smile and say how is it going "TC. He was liked and repected by all in our industry. I am sure his family will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace Bob

Tom Curley

Heidi Kendall-Sage

March 8, 2020

I met Bob Syljebeck at Ann and Greg’s wedding on Hilton Head Island. He was the life of the party! I got up early one morning to read by the bay there in Hilton Head and watch the sun rise. Bob was already up, reading the morning newspaper! We sat there and read, drank coffee, and watched the sunrise and a shrimp boat unload at the dock. Bob did not miss a minute of enjoying life.

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