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Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Robert R. Salefski

August 28, 1952July 1, 2019

Huddled in the cozy back room known as his office, three generations swap stories flipping through stacks of vinyl over glasses of red wine―just the way Rob would have wanted.

Memories of him run the spectrum―from him “talking sense” into every single one of us to doing the impossible like catching a fish and his leg on the same hook. Central to each story is a man true to himself who brought the best out of every person blessed to call him husband, son, dad, uncle, brother, friend, neighbor, or boss.

Robert R. Salefski passed away peacefully Monday, July 1, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones. While he lost the battle to lung cancer, he won in life.

Mr. Rob, a favorite nickname given to him by his blood and adopted grandchildren, devoted his life to his family. Cherished his friends. Knew exactly how you took your coffee. Always made sure you had a drink in hand. Dropped simple words of adoration or a pat on the back just when you needed it. Turned ordinary situations into a silly moment and good laugh. Partnered with the love of his life, Mary Ann, in every way. Was up for anything. Debated politics. Taught discipline, accountability, and the value of hard work to those around him. Could rock camo and Uggs. And never let the music stop.

Most of all, Mr. Rob protected everyone and everything he loved with fierce loyalty.

Mr. Rob leaves a legacy beyond his family. He is in the landscapes that delight the fronts of homes and businesses throughout beautiful Springfield, Illinois, where he called home for his 66 years of life. Mr. Rob built an incredible business that represents his heart: dependable and personal.

A celebration of life is being held in Mr. Rob’s honor Friday, July 5 at 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Inn at 835. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The James Project at 907 Clocktower Drive, Suite C, Springfield, IL, 62704.

Mr. Rob’s memory lives on through his wife, Mary Ann Salefski; son, Pete Salefski (wife, Kati, and grandsons, Max and Owen); daughter, Meredith Salefski (boyfriend Scott Ponce); mother, Maxine Salefski; siblings, Lynne Allen, Bill Salefski, and Julie Blaszak and Joe, Tom, Henry, and Pete Enno; many additional Salefski and Enno family members and great friends; and the dedicated and valued LU Inc. team (“the guys”).

Please join us in celebrating Mr. Rob. We will always feel his presence in the strum of an acoustic guitar, a perfectly messy wildflower garden, the moments captured from his camera lens, and the crack of a Cardinals baseball bat. We will never stop dancing, crying, laughing, or drinking with you, Mr. Rob. Meet you out back by the grill. Salut!

As Willie Nelson says…

There’s a place out on the highway Where I go to spend my time Where the bartenders all know me And the players are friends of mine And we light up on the brakes And talk of things that we all know But I’ve heard it all before And I’ll hear it all again And I’ve heard it said The highway never ends...

To view the a tribute of Rob's life, please visit: https://vimeo.com/346774535?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

Services

  • Celebration of life Friday, July 5, 2019

Memories

Robert R. Salefski

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Nancy Simpson

July 13, 2019

We knew Rob professionally as the owner and guru of Landscaping Unlimited. We were lucky enough to find him early after we arrived in Springfield in 1998.
Over the years we discovered he was man of great depth and caring and enjoyed many terrific conversations. He cared deeply about his team and clients as well as his family and friends.
His life was much too short and he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.
How many blessings accompany the fond memories!
Nancy Simpson

Usha Rawat

July 4, 2019

We lost a truly amazing man this week. Mr. Salefski inspired people with his grit all while keeping the light side of things paramount. The kind words listed here speak volumes to the type of man he was by all of the people that cared for him. He treated everyone with respect and commanded the same in return. Mr and Mrs Salefski's table was always open to anyone that asked and there were many that asked often. Myself included. I cannot articulate the immense void I feel right now. I know that I will miss sharing deep conversations, books reviews, wine tasting reviews, warm hugs, and fist pumps, but I know that those that knew him will keep him alive in this world for years to come.

You will be truly missed.

Barbara Turner

July 4, 2019

Although I was not acquainted with Bob or any of your family members I just want to tell you how much I was touched reading his obituary.
I’ve never done anything like this before, so hope no one is offended by my remarks.
First of all you have my deepest sympathy but having read this wonderful tribute I believe Bob passed along a great deal of wisdom and caring for others. Thank you for presenting him in such a lovely way. May he RIP and God be with you all as you walk this path of grief and sadness remembering the great man he was Thank you.

Lynne Allen

July 4, 2019

Les Vann

July 3, 2019

MaryAnn please accept the deepest sympathy from all of the Vanns. Peace to you and your family.

All the best,

Les

Art Silver

July 3, 2019

For someone who can’t find the words to express the sadness of losing such a wonderful friend, I also can’t express how much I appreciate this eloquent portrait of Rob. I recently said to him that friendships are born in the fun times of parties and other good times. They mature in the everyday and sometimes trying parts of life. Rob and my friendship will never end in the memory of all the times we shared.

Terry & Teresa McElwee

July 2, 2019

Maryann,
We are so saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. Words just can’t express how we are feeling. He was an absolute joy to know. We always enjoyed talking to him and thought the world of him as a person. You and your family are in our prayers. Hugs and prayers to you all.
Very Sincerely, Terry and Teresa McElwee

Frank Edwards

July 2, 2019

Robbie and I have been friends since childhood, every kid at the club had ie added to their name...he has always been Robbie! We had so much fun just being kids at the lake...I will always remember that! Robbie until we meet again, you will always be remembered! Love you man!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY