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Robert “Rob” Christopher Riker
  • October 04, 1969
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  • December 17, 2020

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Robert “Rob” Riker passed away at the age of 51 on December 17, 2020 at Leesburg Hospital in Leesburg, FL. Rob was born October 4, 1969 at St. Joseph Hospital in Normal, IL to Bob & Lynda Riker. Rob shared his birthday with his mother Lynda & his uncle Lynn Graack (who passed in 2014). His father also passed away in 2013. He leaves behind his mother Lynda Riker and a sister, Tiffany Lea.
At a young age Rob found his love for reading and enjoyed spending much of his time at public libraries. His favorite sports were soccer and baseball. He belonged to SAASport.org in Schaumburg, IL.

He graduated from Conant High School in 1987 and went on to attend Columbia College in Chicago for four years while working in the office. Photography, filming, and writing became his passions, and he had the opportunity to film for a law firm and various bands. Some of this work was with a friend and former college roommate’s band in Chicago which he thoroughly enjoyed. Rob was employed with Borders Book Store during the week in Schaumbuurg, IL until it closed, and his weekends were filled with photography jobs. He followed in his Grandfather Geo Graack’s footsteps through his love of history, having left Rob many historical articles, pictures and newspapers (even some from the 1800’s) that he held dear. Rob even traveled by car around the country interviewing and collecting information on historical places and meeting interesting people. Later, he joined the staff of Monarch Hospice in Arlington Hills, IL. He absolutely loved this job. His office work and meeting interesting patients led him to start documenting his work as he planned to write a book detailing his travels and historical information collection.

“There is no higher religion than human services. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” – Albert Schweitzer

Rob will be missed by many, but none as much as his mother Lynda who will hold his memory and his history collection close to her heart.


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  1. 02 Feb 2021
    Pat Braaasch (Shoebox) says:
    Lynda,

    I am so sorry to hear about Rob. I did not know him personally, but certainly heard about him from you while we worked together at Operation Shoebox.
    We send all our love and hugs to you during this difficult time. You can email me or text me anytime.
    Love,

    Pat Braasch

  2. 31 Jan 2021
    Patrick McKay says:
    Absolutely heartbreaking. Rob was one of the kindest and warmest people, and, without question, the most well read person I have ever known, who was interested in any and all non-fiction categories there were. We worked together for years, and he was an absolute joy to be around. Our fathers had worked together many years before, and we always enjoyed that commonality. I always looked forward to running into Rob, as his kindness and greetings made it seem like no time had passed. I am so sorry for his family's loss. Rob was truly unique, intelligent and full of humor, and this world cannot afford to lose people like him. Peace, love & friendship, always, Rob. Rest in peace.

  3. 31 Jan 2021
    Joyce Hutchinson says:
    Lynda, I am so sorry to read this. I can only imagine your heartache. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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