Robert Thomas DuRocher, 70, of Springfield and earlier of Jacksonville, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Bob was born on May 30, 1950 in Jacksonville to Robert F. DuRocher and Bernice Ruh DuRocher. He married Nancy Fuchs DuRocher on October 12, 2018 in Charlevoix, Michigan, and she survived.
His daughter Robin Schmidt and his son Dr. Ryan DuRocher (Mrs. Mendy), all from Springfield; and five grandchildren, John Schmidt II and Grace, Jacob, Ty and Dylan DuRocher, all from Springfield. Bob is also survived by his brother Jim DuRocher and sister Marilyn Bebout from Jacksonville. numerous nieces and nephews; and his former wife and mother of his children, Norma Seibert of Springfield.
Bob is also survived by the children and grandchildren of his wife Nancy, Angelique Fuchs von Nokomis; Stephanie (Ryan) Hotarek, children Johannah and Theadorah; Katie (Benjamin) prose, children Kalvin, Audrey, Wyatt and Steven von Girard; and Troy (Whitney) Fox, children of Campbell, Everett and Maren of Glendale, Missouri.
Before him, his parents and his 34-year-old wife Christine Beadles DuRocher had died. Bob and Chris were married on December 22, 1978 and were together until Chris’ death in 2012. Bob was also led to his death by his sister Sharon; and his son-in-law, Judge John P. Schmidt.
Bob graduated from Routt High School in Jacksonville in 1968 and lived in Jacksonville until he moved to Springfield in 2018. He was with AC Humko throughout his career until he retired. As a supervisor at AC Humko, he was the boss, but also a good friend of all of his employees and stayed in contact with them after his retirement. He enjoyed retirement and the time he could spend with family, friends, and the great outdoors.
As a young man, Bob loved driving fast cars, motorcycles, and boats. As an older and perhaps wiser man, he was also fond of telling younger family members NOT to drive fast cars, motorbikes, or boats. Throughout his life, Bob loved hunting, fishing, boating, golfing and exploring and was always on the move, traveling and driving. He particularly enjoyed his trips to Canada with his fishing friends and never met a stranger. The twinkle in his eyes, his smile and his big hugs will be missed forever.
Bob was a dedicated father and a loving husband. He loved participating in the life and activities of his beloved grandchildren, and one could often hear him boasting about them. He was a dedicated Rochester Rockets fan, loved watching his grandson Jacob play football, and looked forward to many more Rockets adventures with Ty and Dylan. He enjoyed celebrating the accomplishments of Grace, his only granddaughter, and loved his adventures with Johnny, teaching him to drive. The pride he felt for his children and grandchildren made him very happy and he was always grateful for the time he shared with them, especially for a trip to Florida earlier this year.
Bob was fortunate to have known great love all his life and was grateful for the time and adventures he had with his wife, Nancy. In his memory, enjoy each day, live life to the fullest, appreciate your family and friends, and give each other a hug. Bob sure did!
A service will take place at a later date. Monuments are suggested to PAWS or the Jacksonville Food Bank. The Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is responsible for the organization. Condolences can be sent online at airsman-hires.com.
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier December 15-16, 2020.