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“Robbie-sorry to read of Bobs passing and I'm sure youe devastated as I was so shocked to see that. I haden't seen Bob since 2004 as I moved away a...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: dale dace - Casa Grande, AZ

“Robbie. You and your family are in my prayers. God grant Bob Eternal Rest and peace. Prayers. Fr. Jerry Kobbeman. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Gerald Kobbeman - Winnebago, IL

“So sorry for your loss Robbie. Lots of good times remembered with you and Bob and our friends. May he Rest In Peace. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Terry Moore - Cortland, IL

“My heart hurts for you all right now - Beautiful Bob was such a bright memory from my childhood. Weaver Road has lost one of the good ones. Much love...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jenny Wolf - Green Lake, WI

“Dear Bobbie and Family,My deepest condolences to you and yours as you navigate through your life without Bob. I recall fond memories of him and much...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jan (Mohr) Cooledge - SC

“I am so sorry ! I am keeping you all in my prayers! Was a blessing to have great neighbors like you both! I was always amazed how immaculate your...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Hartman - Rockton, IL

“Rest in peace, my friend. You, along with your family, were always a great political supporter of Pennie von Bergen Wessels. You will always be...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Michael Wessels - NC - Friend

“To Robbie, Sky, and Molly,My sincerest condolence on the passing of your father and husband. I stumbled upon his obit while searching for something...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Janice Burkitt - Sterling, IL

“Rest Uncle Bob- May you be in the loving arms of Gram, Grandpa and Joanie. Until we see you on the other side. ❤ ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Amy Drew - Dixon, IL - Family

“Robbie and family, Our condolences on the passing of Bob. Steve always enjoyed working with Bob and has shared many story's of working and traveling...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jane and Steve Kinney - Oregon, WI

“I met Buck in the early 80's when working at the Byron Nuclear Station and I was a young Journeyman. We had the opportunity to have many spirited...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Dave Clark - LOVES PARK, IL


Robert J. Niesen, 78, of Sterling died Sunday October 4, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home.

Robert was born on October 28, 1941 in Sterling the son of John and Bernice (Sutton) Niesen. He married the former Robbie Tilley on October 1, 1976. Bob was a retired journeyman electrician with IBEW Local 364 in Rockford. He believed in the union traditions and philosophies and maintained a close bond with his brotherhood and sisterhood. Bob was an active supporter of the ideas and values of the Democratic Party.

Survivors include his wife, Robbie; his daughters: Susan (John) Conway of Lemont, IL, Mary Eccleston of Springfield, IL, Sky (Sam) Smith of Mankato, MN and Molly (Guilherme Maia) Niesen of Savoy, IL; 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joann Gower.

At his request there will be no public services and cremation will take place.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the ALS Association in care of the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071.