Robb E. Isaacs

August 11, 1940November 1, 2018

Robb E. Isaacs, 78, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:49 am at Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Litchfield, IL, August 11, 1940 the son of Leland “Glenn” and Helen (Schubert) Isaacs. His parents and a brother-in-law John Sibons preceded him in death. Robb was the owner and operator of Isaacs Refrigeration for many years, retiring in 1999 when his son Gary took over to continue the business. He served for many years, in many capacities with the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and became President and CEO in 1999. He would continue there until a second retirement in 2006. After his second retirement, he and his wife Carole fulfilled a “bucket list” trip as they traveled to Alaska with their RV where they spent three months. It was quite an adventure and one he talked about for many years to come. He had a passion for the Boy Scouts. He revived the Troop 302 in Pleasant Plains and continued to serve as Scout Master even after his son graduated. He was a member of the Left Handers Club (gun club), the Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVACR Local 137, and the YMCA where he was a member of the Aquatic Group. Robb was also a member of First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carole his son Gary (wife Sam) of Pleasant Plains, IL, his daughter Linda (husband Tim) Reiser of Springfield, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 4 step-children; Cindy Ferree of New Mexico, Jeanette (husband Tim) Horne of Texas, Dennis (wife Nina) Ferree and Denise Green both of Springfield. He has 15 step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Patricia Sibons of Orlando, FL and Nancy (husband Edward) Petersen of Fairfield, IA. He has several nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation Rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory, Springfield. A private family graveside service will be held at Old Salem Cemetery with Rev. Nicole Cox officiating. Family and Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life with light refreshments from 4-7 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Knights of Columbus 2200 Meadowbrook Rd. Springfield, IL 62711. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Boy Scouts of America, Abraham Lincoln Council, 5231 S. 6th St. Rd. Springfield, IL 62703 or the American Cancer Society 675 Linton Ave. Springfield, IL 62703 Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 544-5424


  • Leland "Glenn" Isaacs, Father
  • Helen Isaacs, Mother
  • Carole Isaacs, Wife
  • Linda (Tim) Reiser, Daughter
  • Gary (Sam) Isaacs, Son
  • 4 Grandchildren, Grandchildren
  • 1 Great Grandchild, Great Grandchild
  • Cindy Ferree, Step-Daughter
  • Jeanette (Tim) Horne, Step Daughter
  • Dennis (Nina) Ferree, Step-son
  • Denise Green, Step-Daughter
  • Patricia (John, deceased) Sibons, Sister
  • Nancy (Edward) Petersen, Sister
  • 15 Step Grandchildren, Step-Grandchildren
  • Several Step- Great Grandchildren, Step-Great Grandchildren
  • There are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Boy Scouts of America, Abraham Lincoln Council
  • American Cancer Society


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Robb E. Isaacs

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Phillip and Sally Schaefer

November 10, 2018

Dear Carol......I enjoyed the time we spent each year trying to solve the mysteries of the IRS. Rob was always so organized and patient ….. a great gentleman to work with.
Sally and I will continue to hold you in our prayers. May God's peace be with you.

Phil and Sally Schaefer

George Yard

November 7, 2018

Gary, sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was a great instructor and wonderful guy.

Nick Reggi

November 5, 2018

My condolences and deepest sympathy to the entire family.
I first met Robb in 2000 when I came onto the E&E Board. During a board meeting, Robb took me aside one Sunday morning and said "You want to go for a ride?" I wasn't quite sure what he meant - we were in Chicago after all!
I guess the look on face gave my thought away - he continued to explain - "Wondering if you are interested in going to the car museum in Volo?" I said - let's go! We spent the day talking about cars and trucks and campers and life in general. I have returned to Volo on many occasions and every time I go - it's a thanks to Robb. Sometimes, we need to get out of our element to truly meet an individual - and that day, did it for me - thank you again Mr. Isaacs.

Nick Reggi CMS, RCT
RSES International President

Jeanne Isaacs Stalls

November 5, 2018

Carole, Pat and Nancy, please know that we will all miss Robb very much. I will always remember the wonderful afternoon 4 yrs ago that Mom, my self, my daughter and granddaughters spent with Robb in his home in Springfield. We were up there for a girls trip to Springfield and Robb insisted we come over even though he had recently been in the hospital. We enjoyed great laughs and shared stories but what I will always remember was that warm welcoming smile that radiated even through his eyes. That is the way I will always remember him. Love you all and wish we could be there.

Don and Dorothy Rentmeistee

November 5, 2018

We remember Rob from the G6 class at our church. Don always enjoyed visiting with him. Keeping your family in our prayers for comfort at this sad time.

Jeff and Cheryl Dickson

November 4, 2018

We knew Rob through RSES International meeting in the early 90's as Regional Directors. We shared a lot of good times and hard work for the good of the Society. Rob was always fair and professional and we respected him for that. He brightened up every meeting and was a pleasure to be around. Even though we lost touch over the years, he was often thought about and the times we shared often remembered. We send our condolences to Carole and family. Rob left his mark on our industry and will be sadly missed.

Fred and Jessie Baskett

November 4, 2018

We are so sorry to learn your father has passed, it’s never easy losing a parent. You have our deepest sympathy . I’m sure you have fond memories to share and cherish, keep them close, prayers for you all. Sincerely,

John Hallerberg

November 3, 2018

Robb always had a smile on his face! He was dedicated to his profession and went the extra mile in all he did. Family was most important to Robb. Bonnie and I always had a great time with every visit. Rest In Peace friend.

Walter (Rick) Pautsch

November 2, 2018

Robb was my cousin, but more like my older brother. We did many things together as kids and I always looked forward to visiting Robb and Patty. I remember taking a trip down the Mississippi River with Robb, 3 other boy scouts, my Dad and Uncle Glen in a rubber raft towed by a boat. Quite an adventure. We also enjoyed shooting together and touring Springfield. I will miss him very much, but am glad he is at peace.