Robert "Bob" A Cilimburg

Robert "Bob" A Cilimburg

October 29, 1932 ‐ September 28, 2021
Robert "Bob" A Cilimburg
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Westlake, Ohio

Robert "Bob" Cilimburg, age 88, died peacefully at his home of 60 years, with family present, in his favorite family room with the Cleveland Indians playing in the background. A kind, quiet, and compassionate man, his was a life well-lived, with family, friends and pets always at the center. Bob was the beloved husband of Kay (Nee Demmon), father of Cary Patak (Mike), Amy Cilimburg (Rick Craig) and Cindy Medema (Tom), and the loving grandfather of David, Erik, Anna, Laura and Wren. He was the brother of William "Bud", Jean Robishaw (Bill) and Lois Williams (Ed), all deceased, and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a proud athlete and alumni of Fairview High School, class of 1951. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College and taught physical education for 30 years for the Rocky River School District. He coached basketball, track, and wrestling there as well. Bob was also a football, basketball, and wrestling referee throughout the greater Cleveland area. He served as secretary for the Southwestern Conference from 1968-1974, scheduling officials for football, basketball, and wrestling. He enjoyed summer trips to Canada fishing with his friends, tending to his vegetable garden, poking around in the back of his barn, taking people out to try to waterski on Lake Erie in his little boat, and playing cards with friends and family. 

Bob and Kay raised their three girls in their one family home. He taught his daughters to play sports, and in his quiet ways, showed us how to be the best kind of athletes. Although he wished we lived closer, he reveled in our accomplishments and always supported our adult adventures, loving us unconditionally. Bob shared his love with his 5 grandkids and sons-in-law, closely following their lives, activities, and adventures. He was always happy when they came to visit or when he traveled to see them in beautiful locations around the country, from the Adirondacks to Yosemite to Montana. 

Bob also loved his dogs -- Sarge, his boyhood pal, Morgan and Ricochet, his family English Setters, and all the sweet dogs his daughters brought to visit over the years. As his life was fading, these creatures brought him great comfort. 

Bob was always close to his brothers and sisters and their spouses and families. No holiday big or small went by without all gathering for good food, a few beers, and many hours playing card games. His funny, competitive nature came out during rounds of family swick, poker, and pinochle.

Bob enjoyed time spent with Kay in their 120 year old home and their cottage on the lake. In his later years, he knew how to find stashes of candy, make just the right bagel sandwich, poke around in the back of that barn, and smile. This past year, when his girls and grandkids were about to leave from a visit, he’d invariably frown and say: “It’s gonna be dullsville around here.” That’s how we all feel now -- the world is simply a little less bright, and he will always be missed. 

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Dover Congregational UCC (2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake, OH 44145), Baldwin Wallace Wrestling (click "other" and enter Robert Cilimburg's name in the notes), or the Alzheimer Association (23215 Commerce Park Ste 300, Beachwood, OH 44122).


Guest Comments

Camille Peterson
Rocky River

He was the perfect teacher for the age group and his kind demeanor made us all better people. My prayers to the Cilimburg family.

Mike Foley

Our sincerest condolences to the Cilimburg family.

Molly Jordan Campana
Rocky River

Mr. Cilimburg was one of my gym teachers when I was a student at Rocky River Junior High School many, many years ago. I always remembered him for his kindness and his smile. So, it was wonderful as an adult to reconnect with him through Dover Congregational Church. He remembered me by name, which meant so much to me. And I will continue to remember his kindness and smile. My deepest sympathy to Kay and your family.

Linda Brugh
North Ridgeville, Ohio

Bob and Kay lived next door to my cousins on Bassett Road and always seemed like part of our family. They have given many years of service to Denison Food Pantry through our church, Dover Congregational U. C. C., where they have been members since 1962. Bob was often seen serving coffee during our fellowship time. We will miss him.

Lee Ann Eyre

I have made many dear friends in the many miles I have walked up and down Bassett Road with my family dogs over the years......Bob and Kay were always eager to greet me and my springer spaniel, Emily. In recent years, Emily has developed one of the sweetest greetings ever for all of the people we would stop to talk with ----she would sit on a person's foot when she had "officially" declared them as a new best friend. Emily will certainly miss Bob's foot! Watch out, Kay, she's gonna try to sit on BOTH of your feet the next time we come past! Bob will be missed along our daily walks. So glad to have gotten to know the Cilimburgs.

Christine Filmer
Ohio City

Bob and Kay were like beloved grandparents to my children. Bob surely was a kind and gentle man. Kay began as my colleague at Parkside Junior High and soon became a dear friend. We all wish Kay the courage and strength to move on. Love.

Andy and Shirley Gabre
Westlake, Oh

Bob and Kay have been wonderful neighbors since we moved next door some 22 years ago.. Both have been very kind, gentle and helpful. We have come to love them both and will miss Bob puttering around the barn and yard.
We all look forward to the time and conditions promised in God’s word the Bible at Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
At that time we will welcome back all of our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. (John 11:11-14; 5:28,29)
What a wonderfully joyous time that will be!

Keith Stuart
Westlake, Ohio

One of the sweetest people I have ever known. Kind, gracious, loving. I am so blessed to have known him.

Port Orchard

I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolensces.

Pat Cilimberg
Newnan Georgia

Bob was my husband Ray Cilimberg's cousin (11-4-1931 to 9-9-2015) cousin . Please accept my sympathy for Bob's family. Sincerely, Pat Cilimberg

Jerry /Meredith Storer
St joe

Lots of reunion memories

Donna Robishaw Conlon

Uncle Bob was always quiet around our crazy loud family. But he knew how to live such a great life. My favorite memories were of the many Christmas Eves we spent at their house after the girls were in bed getting ready for Santa to arrive. Several went into the early morning hours. He is still surrounded by his loving family.

Marcia and Paul Hendrick
Cincinnati, Ohio

Bob lived a wonderful life. As Kay's friends growing up together in Niagara Falls we always enjoyed our visits also with Bob and seeing the life he and Kay built together with their girls. It will be "dullsville" but full of rich memories.

Mike Robishaw
Punta Gorda, Florida

Uncle Bob took me to my first Indians game at municipal Stadium with his brother uncle bud. I’ll always remember staying at their house when we were visiting family in Ohio and the few times we got to visit their cottage. Happy we got to see him again a few years ago at the family reunion. Go tribe!

Robert Medema

Sharon and I have enjoyed so many wonderful times with Bob and Kay. Bob was a gentle and kind person, one who was always fun to be around. Thanks for all the memories.
Bob and Sharon Medema

Nancy Schuld
Westlake, Ohio

Bob will go.straight to heaven. He was a wonderful person. He was lucky to have Kay as a wife. May he Rest In Peace.