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Cordova, Illinois man known as "Rocket Bob" has passed away


I just love teaching." According to Bode Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Ltd., a wake service will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rapids City, Illinois. Visitation will follow until 8 p.m. A service will be ...


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Robert James Windt, also known as "Rocket Bob," died Monday at his home in CordovaHe was 76 years old Windt was born in Chicago and graduated from DuPaul Academy in 1959After working for Time Life magazine for a year, Windt, joined the U.SAir Force and served from 1961 to 1965 checking and doing repairs on B-52'sHe later earned another degree from Northrop Institute of Technology in California, then worked for Boeing until 1975 In 1974, Windt moved to Cordova where he continued designing, building and selling HovercraftsHe also enjoyed teaching kids science and even getting children to build hovercrafts as wellIn 2016, TV 6's Fran Riley interviewed Windt who said, " "I think that's probably the most interesting part of my life right now - is just teachingI just love teaching." According to Bode Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Ltd., a wake service will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday at StJohn the Baptist Catholic Church in Rapids City, IllinoisVisitation will follow until 8 p.mA service will be held Saturday, December 9, at 10 a.mWindt will be buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Port Byron.Memorials may be made to the Bob Windt Foundation

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