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Robert Kretsinger

June 11, 1930 — September 11, 2021

Leaf River, Illinois

Robert Kenneth Kretsinger, age 91, of Leaf River, passed away on September 11, 2021 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.

Robert “Bob Kret” and his twin brother Richard were born on June 11, 1930 to Kenneth and Jessie (Nichols) Kretsinger in Leaf River, IL. After Robert graduated from Leaf River High School in 1948, he began working at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris, IL. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1950 until 1953 where he served as a Buck Sergeant in the Korean War. During his time of service, he earned the United Nations Korean Service Medal and a Purple Heart. After leaving the service, he returned to Kable Printing as a supervisor until retirement in 1990. After retiring he worked as a crossing guard for the Leaf River Grade School. He was a member of the Leaf River American Legion and the V.F.W. Robert enjoyed fishing in Canada with friends and horse racing.

He is survived by his twin brother, Richard (Connie) Kretsinger and brother Kenneth (Jeannie) Kretsinger; several nieces and nephews, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Jessie, his brothers and sisters, Millard (Alice), Merritt , Wayne (Dianna), Donald, Kathleen (Robert) Zellers, and Kay (Melvin) McGill, and nieces Peggy Kretsinger and Marina Spitzer, and his beloved dogs Sport, Sergeant, and Doc.

Visitation will be held for Robert from 10:00-11:00 AM on Saturday September 18, 2021 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron. Masks will be required while inside the funeral home during the visitation. A military graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM at Silver Creek Cemetery in Mt. Morris. Memorials are established for Serenity Hospice and Home.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, September 18, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home

506 W Merchant St, Byron, IL 61010

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Graveside Service

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Silver Creek Cemetery, Leaf River


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