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Robert Lee Gomer, Jr.

Romeoville, Illinois

November 11, 1951 - July 3, 2024

Robert Lee Gomer, Jr. Obituary

Robert L. Gomer Obituary

A dad. A husband. A partner. A teacher. A friend. A golfer. Robert L. “Bob” Gomer played many roles throughout his life, making a difference in the lives of nearly everyone he encountered. 


Bob was born on November 11, 1951 to Robert and Shirley Gomer in Bethalto, Illinois and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 3, 2024. 


He is survived by sons James (Meagan), Jordan, and Schuyler; grandson Emmett; and his younger brother, Greg (Mary) as well as nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by his loving partner, Cindy Gendry. 


Bob graduated from Lockport Central high School in 1969 and attended Lewis University and southern Illinois University before graduating from the College of St. Francis with a B.A. in English in 1977.



In 1975, he married his former wife, Roseann, with whom he had his three sons. Bob’s adult life was shaped by a tragic explosion in 1984 at the Union Oil Refinery; he survived the explosion but was badly burned. He asked to be flown to the hospital at University of Illinois Chicago, which had the best burn unit in the area. He was recovering there when his oldest son, Jamie, was born at the same hospital. After a long, difficult recovery, he returned to work in the chemistry lab at Unocal Corporation for a time but decided to get his teacher’s certificate and become a teacher at an alternative high school — SASED (School Association for Special Education in DuPage County) in Naperville, Illinois. 


Bob never felt sorry for himself, and after the accident, he became friends with some of the firemen and emergency workers who had helped save his life, going fishing and spending time with them after the accident. 


As a kid, he played baseball, basketball, and other sports, often with his younger brother, Greg, and he passed along his love for sports to his sons. Bob was a “hands-on” dad before the term was invented, supporting his kids in all of their endeavors, and coaching multiple baseball, soccer, and basketball teams over the years. But his love didn’t stop with his sons — he cared about all of his players, and always looked for kids who might need extra support. It may be then that he developed the habit of calling nearly everyone “kiddo.” 


Perhaps due to his accident and recovery, Bob didn’t let things get to him. He was calm, and compassionate, in the most challenging of circumstances. He had a keen understanding of human nature and could hold an intelligent conversation about just about anything. Well-read and well-informed but never braggadocious, he was passionate about his political views (and enjoyed arguing with the newscasters on TV) but he was never offended when you saw things differently from him. 


Bob was passionate about his golf game, and was a member of the Lockport Golf Club, fondly known as “Little Augusta.” He got a hole in one in 2015 and had considered getting his PGA card and teaching golf lessons in his retirement. Bob’s career was varied — at different times in his life, he was a business owner, a process operator, a real estate inspector, and a teacher. His work as a teacher at SASED an alternative high school reflected his love for kids, and for sharing his knowledge. Whether he was teaching you how to fish or swing a stickball bat or hit the perfect chip shot on the golf course, he was patient, thoughtful, and loved helping you get better at something. 


Bob loved going on fishing trips and golf trips with close friends and was a Chicago Bulls fan as well as a football fan with a deep understanding of the game. He also respected sportsmanship of all kinds, especially that shown on the golf course.


 He found his soulmate when he met Cindy six and half years ago; his family and friends say the last years of his life were among his happiest. He introduced her to the game of golf and the two spent many hours out on Little Augusta together.


 He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and the many people whose lives he touched.


A celebration of life for Bob’s close friends and family will be held in August. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kids Golf Foundation, a nonprofit organization that introduces Illinois kids to golf.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert Lee Gomer, Jr. hosted by Cremation Society of Illinois.

Robert L. Gomer Obituary

A dad. A husband. A partner. A teacher. A friend. A golfer. Robert L. “Bob” Gomer played many roles throughout his life, making a difference in the lives of nearly everyone he encountered. 


Bob was born on November 11, 1951 to Robert and Shirley Gomer in Bethalto, Illinois and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 3, 2024. 


He is survived by sons James (Meagan), Jordan, and Schuyler; grandson Emmett; and his younger brother, Greg (Mary) as well as nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by his loving partner, Cindy Gendry. 


Bob graduated from Lockport Central high School in 1969 and attended Lewis University and southern Illinois University before graduating from the College of St. Francis with a B.A. in English in 1977.



In 1975, he married his former wife, Roseann, with whom he had his three sons. Bob’s adult life was shaped by a tragic explosion in 1984 at the Union Oil Refinery; he survived the explosion but was badly burned. He asked to be flown to the hospital at University of Illinois Chicago, which had the best burn unit in the area. He was recovering there when his oldest son, Jamie, was born at the same hospital. After a long, difficult recovery, he returned to work in the chemistry lab at Unocal Corporation for a time but decided to get his teacher’s certificate and become a teacher at an alternative high school — SASED (School Association for Special Education in DuPage County) in Naperville, Illinois. 


Bob never felt sorry for himself, and after the accident, he became friends with some of the firemen and emergency workers who had helped save his life, going fishing and spending time with them after the accident. 


As a kid, he played baseball, basketball, and other sports, often with his younger brother, Greg, and he passed along his love for sports to his sons. Bob was a “hands-on” dad before the term was invented, supporting his kids in all of their endeavors, and coaching multiple baseball, soccer, and basketball teams over the years. But his love didn’t stop with his sons — he cared about all of his players, and always looked for kids who might need extra support. It may be then that he developed the habit of calling nearly everyone “kiddo.” 


Perhaps due to his accident and recovery, Bob didn’t let things get to him. He was calm, and compassionate, in the most challenging of circumstances. He had a keen understanding of human nature and could hold an intelligent conversation about just about anything. Well-read and well-informed but never braggadocious, he was passionate about his political views (and enjoyed arguing with the newscasters on TV) but he was never offended when you saw things differently from him. 


Bob was passionate about his golf game, and was a member of the Lockport Golf Club, fondly known as “Little Augusta.” He got a hole in one in 2015 and had considered getting his PGA card and teaching golf lessons in his retirement. Bob’s career was varied — at different times in his life, he was a business owner, a process operator, a real estate inspector, and a teacher. His work as a teacher at SASED an alternative high school reflected his love for kids, and for sharing his knowledge. Whether he was teaching you how to fish or swing a stickball bat or hit the perfect chip shot on the golf course, he was patient, thoughtful, and loved helping you get better at something. 


Bob loved going on fishing trips and golf trips with close friends and was a Chicago Bulls fan as well as a football fan with a deep understanding of the game. He also respected sportsmanship of all kinds, especially that shown on the golf course.


 He found his soulmate when he met Cindy six and half years ago; his family and friends say the last years of his life were among his happiest. He introduced her to the game of golf and the two spent many hours out on Little Augusta together.


 He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and the many people whose lives he touched.


A celebration of life for Bob’s close friends and family will be held in August. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kids Golf Foundation, a nonprofit organization that introduces Illinois kids to golf.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert Lee Gomer, Jr. hosted by Cremation Society of Illinois.

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