ForeverMissed
Devoted husband, to the late Mary Elizabeth (nee Schmidt), 1955-2004, and the late Joan (nee Cline) Vester, 2006-2012, died peacefully April 6, 2021 following a life of devotion to God, family, and many people lovingly placed in his life through God’s blessings.

Bob is survived by his six children, Lisa Habel (Michael) Laura Randall-Tepe (Gregg), Paul, Julie Chimenti (Patrick), Tressa Leahy (Jeffrey) and Ted (Shelley); five Vester step children, John (Susan), Linda Greenberg (Glenn), Walter (Maria), Russell (Petra), and John (Sarai), 31 grandchildren and step grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother Jack Schoettinger and many dear relatives, friends, and colleagues.

Bob was born in Norwood, Ohio to Marie and Arthur Schoettinger. He was a gifted student and enterprising lad. After graduating from St. Xavier High School at age 16 he entered the Society of Jesus where he took first vows in 1943.  He received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1949.

Bob’s calling evolved. He began a business career and was later introduced to Cincinnati business woman Betty Schmidt. They married November 27, 1955. Together they raised six children in a loving Hyde Park home.

Bob was a perennial top performer in his sales organization and retired early to start his own business which he sold in 2002. 

Betty’s sudden death in 2004 left Bob a widower. He found love again, and married Joan Cline Vester October 21, 2006. 

Salesman, entrepreneur, parish volunteer, advocate, sailor, poet, tennis player, and violinist, are titles he carried. Some he earned with talent and hard work and others by virtue of his charm. Bob was eternally optimistic. Despite compounding physical limitations during his last decade, he remained cheerful and sharp minded to the end.

As his final gift, Bob has donated his body to UC.  
A Memorial Mass is planned for May 15, 2021, 10:30a at Bellarmine Chapel, on XU’s campus.

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Remembrances can be made to: Jesuits, Midwest Province, 1010 N. Hooker St. Chicago, IL. 60642 or the charity of your choice.


Posted by Marilyn Wallace on April 15, 2021
Who else is here crying at 2:11 am because they miss their best friend???????????
Posted by Jane Welling on April 11, 2021
My sympathy for the loss of your father/grandfather. With fondness and respect I remember your dad from our SMS functions. He was always a kind and gentle man. I saw a similarity between him and my own father in his personality and physical appearance. The world is a better place because he was here.
Posted by Marilyn Wallace on April 7, 2021
When I met Bob over a year ago
I had no idea of what would unfold
I thought I would just do simple task
Bobs spirit ushered me to a path
Seeing value of giving for love sake
Loving strangers without hesitate
This man of God embodies freedom
W/O force led me to Gods kingdom He said he couldn't leave earth until
He completed what God has willed
Delivering the prayer of consent
Upon completion up his spirit went
A man of his word until the end
We love you eternally Bob,
GOD speed and "Amen."
Love Marilyn

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Posted by Marilyn Wallace on April 15, 2021
Who else is here crying at 2:11 am because they miss their best friend???????????
Posted by Jane Welling on April 11, 2021
My sympathy for the loss of your father/grandfather. With fondness and respect I remember your dad from our SMS functions. He was always a kind and gentle man. I saw a similarity between him and my own father in his personality and physical appearance. The world is a better place because he was here.
Posted by Marilyn Wallace on April 7, 2021
When I met Bob over a year ago
I had no idea of what would unfold
I thought I would just do simple task
Bobs spirit ushered me to a path
Seeing value of giving for love sake
Loving strangers without hesitate
This man of God embodies freedom
W/O force led me to Gods kingdom He said he couldn't leave earth until
He completed what God has willed
Delivering the prayer of consent
Upon completion up his spirit went
A man of his word until the end
We love you eternally Bob,
GOD speed and "Amen."
Love Marilyn
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God's Invitation to Love You, by Robert Schoettinger

Shared by Lisa Habel on April 7, 2021
On an impulse I hopped on a plane one day before the presentation by father Thomas Keating, the prime proponent of Centering Prayer. The plane arrived in Albuquerque just a few hours before the first talk. Although I was not pre registered, I was given the last seat in the 1,000 capacity hotel conference room. As this man entered the hall, he was immediately greeted with applause from his long standing team. Once he began speaking in very simple words about the deepest subjects, passive prayer directly to God, I felt in communion with this 6'5" Cistercian priest. Though he looked oldfrail, this man of God presented four sessions daily. After trying to practice this type of prayer for three years, I thought I was expert enough to develop a three chapter powerpoint. Over the past 10 years. I personally labored over version, after version, never satisfied, nor were my friends. Then along came an angel, who told me she has never used apple hardware/software. In over just six months she has made suggestions that improved this totally revised presentation. I hope this 10 year in the making video will in time, enable you to find and consent daily to your God.
Robert Schoettinger