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Full Text of SR1183  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Robert "Rocket Bob" James Windt of
4Cordova, who passed away on December 4, 2017; and
5    WHEREAS, Bob Windt was born in Chicago to Edward and Anna
6(Kelly) Windt on November 3, 1941; he graduated from DePaul
7Academy in Chicago in 1959; he worked for Time Life Magazine
8for a year and then joined the United States Air Force, where
9he served as aircraft hydrolic system maintenance for four
10years; after leaving the Air Force, he earned a degree in Aero
11Dynamical Engineering from the Northrop Institute of
12Technology in Inglewood, California in 1968; and
13    WHEREAS, Bob Windt worked at McDonald Douglas (Boeing)
14until 1975; he designed revolutionary hovercrafts and sold his
15designs and parts to home builders for over 50 years; his
16designs influenced the industry in the United States and around
17the world; and
18    WHEREAS, Bob Windt moved to Cordova in 1974; he designed,
19built, and sold his hovercrafts from home; he used hands-on
20science to teach children how to use their minds to build
21boats, rockets, hovercrafts, and model airplanes; he taught
22religious education for 42 years to the children of St. John's;



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1he was active in after-school programs and Scouts; he played
2Santa Claus for area schools; and
3    WHEREAS, Bob Windt was preceded in death by his parents;
5    WHEREAS, Bob Windt is survived by his brothers, Edgar
6(Sherry) Windt and John (Beth Knoll) Windt; his sister, Peggy
7(Dave) Zang; his many nieces and nephews; and his many
8godchildren; therefore, be it
10ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
11Robert "Rocket Bob" James Windt and extend our sincere
12condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved
13him; and be it further
14    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
15presented to the family of Bob Windt as an expression of our
16deepest sympathy.