Robert (Bob/Bobby) Lowell Joachim, born March 19th 1978, passed away December 20th 2022 at the age of 44.
Bob leaves behind sons, Bobby and Luke; wife, Melissa; parents, Frank and Cynthia; grandmother, Margaret; siblings, Lissa (Brad) Weis, Rebecca (Jeff) McClain, Frank (Stephanie), Eric (Lisa), Jack (Kim), Monica (Jim) Newton, and Joey; countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Bob grew up as the ringleader of his seven siblings. A creative visionary, and a doer. Bob had a gift to be able to plan, create, or fix anything in the most efficient way possible. He lived life generously- never turning down an ask for help. He loved music, standup comedy, and making people laugh.
Bob was an avid reader. He loved fantasy and fiction, and was famous for disappearing into the bathroom with a book for hours. He loved repetition-reading and rereading, but always adding new books to the stack. Bob was the same way with music. Once he fell in love with a musician, he’d play only that on repeat for months on end. When he’d hear a favorite song out in the wild, he’d excitedly say ‘This is the song!’.
Hanging out with Bob felt like being in a special club. He had a vicious and self-deprecating sense of humor that drew people to him. It was impossible to be in a room with Bob and not laugh. His first wrinkles were certainly laugh lines.
As a kid, Bob was famous for leading his siblings on intricate treasure hunts that would lead to a toilet, building elaborate forts, raking the biggest piles of leaves, making the fastest sledding ramps, and a never-ending stream of tricks and pranks. So many late summer nights were spent staying up late, drawing caricature pictures of each other, and laughing.
As a father, Bob loved teaching his kids how to build and create. If they were old enough to be curious about something, they were old enough for Bob to teach them. Painting, building, fishing, making enormous snow forts- nothing was out of Bob’s wheelhouse.
As a roofer, Bob was a tireless worker. His coworkers, new and old, have the utmost of respect for Bob. He set the pace as a foreman, and worked right alongside his crew to push them to their best. He took the time to teach his crew because he wanted them to all be successful.
The loss of Bob is a tremendous one. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and coworkers.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made to a fund supporting Bob’s two sons. https://www.gofundme.com/f/bobbyandluke
We invite you to join us to celebrate Bob’s life in the way he would have wanted- laughing, telling stories, sharing one-liners from your favorite comedies and comedians, and living in the moment.
A celebration of Robert's life will begin on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 with a memorial visitation at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road, Joliet from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The family invites relatives and friends to join them on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Joliet for a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Joliet.