Backode, Robert E. "Bob" Age 74, a resident of Grand Haven in Romeoville, IL and Naples, FL, formerly of Glen Ellyn, IL, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at his home in Florida after a long illness. He was born November 6, 1938 in Alleghany County, PA. Beloved husband of Bobbie (nee Smith) Gerst-Backode and the late Rose Ann (nee Gleason) Zinanni-Backode, loving father of Robert (Julie) Backode, Mike (Lenore) Backode, Barb Thomas, Matt (Janis) Zinanni, Dominic (Vickie) Zinanni and Tom Gerst, adored grandfather of Kaitlyn, Madeline, Mollie, Emily, Amanda, Nick, Kelly, Natalie, Brandon, Chris, Noelle, Luke, T.J. and Connor, devoted son of Ann (nee Benny) and the late Joseph Backode. Bob was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon with a degree in physical education. Bob excelled as an athlete, playing quarterback for the football team, starting guard for the basketball team (where he broke some of Jerry West's scoring records) and as a pitcher for the baseball team, later playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. Bob served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany and was employed for thirty years with Benjamin Moore Paints, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Mary Immaculate Church, Plainfield and enjoyed golf and tennis. Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2:00-6:00P.M. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Rd., Plainfield, IL. Services will begin Monday, September 16, 10:00A.M. from the funeral home and will proceed to a 10:30A.M. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Immaculate Church, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL. Private Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Sterling, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Avow Hospice, 1095 Whipporwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105, (239)261-4404, avowcares.org
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