March 16, 2022
Robert "Bob" George Kertis, 90, died at Heritage Health in Litchfield, Ill., on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Bob was born on Feb. 25, 1932, to John and Edna (Hochmuth) Kertis in Mt. Olive.
He attended Holy Trinity Grade School and Mt. Olive High School. Bob graduated in the class of 1949. He served as a SSGT in the United States Air Force in the Korean War from 1952-1955. He earned the National Defense and Good Conduct Medals. He married Mary Magdalene Kalvin, and she survives.
Bob was employed by CIPS as an electrician from June 20, 1966, until his retirement on June 30, 1992. He was a member of the St. John Paul II (formerly Holy Trinity) Church. Bob enjoyed outdoor activities. Fishing, hunting mushrooms and deer hunting were some of his favorites.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Kertis of Mt. Olive; three sons, Bob (Karen) Kertis of Minnesota, Tony Kertis of Springfield, and Tom Kertis of Mt. Olive; one brother, Charles (Cora) Kertis of Minnesota; four grandsons, John, James, Jeffrey, and Justin; four great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons with one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, John "Red" Kertis.
A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, March 10, at St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive with Father Thomas Hagstrom officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at beckerandson.com. Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive was in charge of arrangements.