Robert Michael O'Day

June 18, 1963 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Robert O'Day Obituary

"Robert M. O'Day, Jr., known affectionately as Bob to his friends and family, passed away on January 17, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on June 18, 1963, in Elmhurst, Illinois, Bob was a beacon of strength and joy throughout his 60 years. He passed away surrounded by the love of his family in Barrington, Illinois, leaving behind a legacy of love, hard work, and boundless curiosity.

Bob's life was marked by his dedication to his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Amy O'Day (Mainard), and his two proud sons, Michael R. O'Day and Mitchel R. O'Day. He was a cherished son to his parents, Robert M. O'Day, Sr. and Sally A. O'Day ( Runge), and a dear brother to Cheryl L. Rickerd ( O'Day) and Peggy A. Sheldon ( O'Day). Bob's family was the cornerstone of his life, and he nurtured his relationships with his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family with great care and affection.

Bob's academic pursuits were as driven and successful as his professional ones. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Aviation Management and became an AMP mechanic through his studies at Lewis University in Joliet, Illinois. His passion for aviation was ignited early, as he became a pilot at the tender age of 14. This love for the skies stayed with him throughout his life.

Professionally, Bob was the respected Purchasing Manager at Warehouse Direct in Des Plaines, Illinois. Prior to that, he was the entrepreneurial spirit behind Runge Paper, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, where he served as the owner and President. Bob's colleagues knew him to be a man of integrity and intelligence, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the success of any endeavor he was part of.

Beyond his family and work, Bob's interests were diverse and showcased his handy and loving nature. Whether it was his meticulously self-restored wood boat, which was his pride and joy, or the countless hours he spent on construction projects at his riverfront home, Bob was always engaged in activities that required skill and patience. His interest in model trains and boats of all kinds spoke to a man who loved the intricate details of life and the joys of creation.

Those who knew Bob would describe him as not only handy and intelligent but also incredibly loving. He had a knack for making those around him feel valued and appreciated. His heart and his hands were never idle, as he was constantly involved in pursuits that brought beauty and utility into the world.

Bob loved to tell bad ‘Dad jokes’ to all who knew him.

Bob O'Day, Jr.'s life was a testament to the power of dedication, love, and the pursuit of one's passions. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered as a man who lived fully, loved deeply, and left a lasting impact on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we say goodbye to Bob, we carry forward the lessons he taught through the way he lived his life: with purpose, with passion, and with a love for the adventure that is life."


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