Robert J. "Bob" Zoch
Robert J (Bob) Zoch, passed away on December 3, 2016. Nursing staff was ensuring
he was comfortable, with family and friends just outside the door, when Bob left to walkthe Griffin Woods in the Sky with his trusty dog, Job.
A lifelong resident of Springfield, Bob was born March 24, 1950, the son of James E
and Wanda J (Estes) Zoch.
Bob managed to graduate from Springfield High despite being suspended because his
hair was too long as well as many other acts of bad conduct from grade school on. He
dabbled in college at University of Illinois, Cham-bana, and Lincoln Land in Springfield, but playing bridge and discussing the ideas of the day were more entertaining for him than the classroom. And with his eclectic taste in literature, music, and current events, you never knew what tangent Bob would take a discussion.
To support himself, he drove a cab around Springfield for years, no doubt regaling his fares with stories, real and imagined, just like he did his friends.
Surprisingly, he went to work at the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State in the late 1980s and continued to be employed there in various departments until his death. He was very proud to be a Union Steward at the Secretary of State, representing his fellow employees and working to organize other businesses in the Central Illinois area.
Bob was not all work and no play. An active volunteer at APL and the Feline Ranch
adoption sites on Saturday morning, he would be there to cheer and fluff up his new
feline friends in hopes that they would find forever homes.
Lover of birds, bridge, Beethoven, and The Blues, Bob was best known for being an
avid baseball fan of The New York Yankees, although he did grudgingly say “good for
them” after that marvelous Cub Game 7 victory.
Bob is survived by his feline friends Blitzen and Sweet Pea, brother John (Patricia) of Harrow, ON, sister Jan of Denver, CO, nephews Adam of Windsor, ON, and Jean
(Jessica) of Berkeley, CA, a charming great nephew, a beloved Aunt Doris, and many
friends – old and young in age and from grade school to last week in duration.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Forever Home Feline Ranch in
Rochester, Boy Scout Troop 3 or the flower gardens at Douglas Avenue Methodist