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Robert W. O’Drobinak
December 16, 1937 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Robert W. O’Drobinak, age 85, of Whiting, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023. He is survived by his beloved wife, Selma, sister Barbara Coates, brother Jim O’Drobinak, special sister-in-law, Ramiza Furto (Joe), brothers-in-law: Ramon Roman, Donald Roman and David Roman and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary O’Drobinak, brother John O’Drobinak, and brother-in-law, Randy Coates.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10:00 am at St. Adalbert Catholic Church, Whiting, with the Rev. Gregory Holicky officiating; interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond. There is no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
Bob was born on December 16, 1937. He was a lifelong resident of Whiting-Robertsdale and was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, Class of 1955. Bob served in the Navy as a “Seabee,” a member of the United States Naval Construction Battalion. He was a member of Pipefitters Union 597, the Roosevelt Club, Knights of Columbus, and the First Catholic Ladies Association. Bob spent his years as a carpenter and pipefitter, as well as working for the Lake County Courthouse. He met the love of his life, Selma Roman in 1966, and they spent 57 beautiful years together traveling, going for drives through the park, working puzzles and watching his Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs games. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and was incredibly talented at construction, working to perfection on various projects. Bob was devout in his faith and was a generous soul willing to help anyone in need. He took great pride and immense joy as a special “grandfather” to Warner and Madison Ferry and believed it was an honor to be their JaJa. They, along with the rest of us, know how blessed we were to have had him in our lives. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Carmelite Home in East Chicago or to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Munster would be appreciated.