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Bob Vasko

August 1, 1940 — February 1, 2020

Bob Vasko

Bob (Robert) Vasko, 79 of Peotone, 30-year resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully on February 1, 2020 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.

Born August 1, 1940 in Little Village area of Chicago, which was then a Bohemian neighborhood to John Vasko and Anna (Kovacik) Vasko. Bob served from 1958 to 1961 as a Photographer’s Mate in the United States Navy. After mustering out, he worked in the area of photography, until 1975 when he started at Argonne National Laboratory where he worked in the stock room until he retired in 2000.

Bob is best known for his custom fishing rods. He opened Island City Custom Tackle and was in business making and repairing fishing rods in Wilmington from 1984 to2011. His other passion was fishing, which he did whenever he could.

He is survived by his wife Sandy (Nielsen) Vasko, his son Eric Vasko, his daughter-in-law Michele Vasko and his grandson Dane Barr.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until time of funeral service 7:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. Chief Joseph Standing Bear will officiate.

Inurnment will follow Thursday, February 6, 2020. A procession will depart the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. for full military honors and committal services, which will be held in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood at 12:00 noon.

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Bob’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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