Robert C. Serbin, 90, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 9:05 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at his home in rural Palmyra.
Robert was born April 15, 1930, to Christopher and Verna Kostrzeski Serbin in Chicago, Ill. He was married to Rosalie M. Page on Aug. 9, 1952, in Jefferson City, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include his children, Debra (Carl) Bock, Palmyra; David (Jackie) Serbin, Hannibal, Mo., Michael (Kim) Serbin, Canton, Mo.; Nancy (Darrell) Neisen, Monroe City, Mo.; Brenda Mitts, Moscow Mills, Mo.; and Tim Serbin, Palmyra; 16 grandchildren, Amy Twellmann, Adam Bock, Alicia Doss, Abby Underwood, Pamela Bross, Dan Serbin, Katie Serbin, Garrett Serbin, Drake Serbin, Theron Neisen, Jacob Neisen, Gretchen O’Bryan, Nicole Neisen, Josh Mitts, Hannah Wright and Rachel Mitts; 20 great-grandchildren, Tyler and Madyson Gift, Paige and Luke Twellmann, Anthony, Carson, Hayden, and Maya Bock, Callie Maggard, Dalton, Cooper, and Karlie Doss, Dylan Schroeder, Lillian, Austin, and Ella Underwood, Nova Murphy, Kamden O’Bryan, Kabrie O’Bryan and Winston Wright; and three great-great-grandchildren, Rory Bock, Gage Maggard and Tiegan Maggard. Robert is also survived by many nieces and nephews who were near and dear to his heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur and his wife, Sue Serbin, and nephew, Artie, of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Alice and her husband, Leonard Kiolbassa, and great-niece, Andrea, of Chicago; sister, Esther, and her husband, Stanley Zak, and nephew, Jimmy and niece, Janet of Chicago; and brother in-law, Earl, and his wife, Maxine Page, Palmyra.
Robert attended Catholic elementary and high dchools in Chicago. He then proudly served in the United States Army for three years during the Korean War.
He was a faithful member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra and Cursillo.
Robert was a supervisor for Motorola in Quincy, for over 20 years. After the closing of Motorola, he also worked at Moormans, Master Tank and McCulla Crafts, all of Quincy, and at the Marion County R II School in Philadelphia, Mo., as a custodian until retirement. He then started Serbin Upholstery with his son, David, and enjoyed many years of repairing and restoring furniture.
He was a talented artist. He enjoyed sports both as a participant and a spectator. He was a huge Chicago Bear and Cubs fan! He loved music and he and his wife, Rosalie, loved to dance.
He cherished the many friendships that he developed during his lifetime. As the patriarch of his family, he never missed an opportunity to show his support and celebrate all types of family events and gatherings.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, July 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Mike Quinn and Father Matthew Flatley will officiate. Burial with full military honors performed by Boots-Dickson American Legion Post #174 will be at the mausoleum in Palmyra.
Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be his nine granddaughters.
The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel, Palmyra.
Memorials may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice or St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.
Online condolences may be shared at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.