Robert L. Droste, 88

Robert L. Droste, 88

LAS VEGAS (May 22, 2018) – Robert Louis Droste, 88, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Mt. Olive, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2018, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Hillsboro to Elmer Herman and Beatrice Esther (Brown) Droste. He married Marian Marie (Byots) Droste on April 9, 1955, in Colorado Springs, Colo.; she survives.

Mr. Droste graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1948 and earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois before being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1953 to March 1955, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He joined his father and practiced law with the firm of Droste and Droste in Mt. Olive until his retirement in 1996. He was baptized at the home of his grandparents, Frank and Emma Brown, in Hillsboro in March 1930 and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive on April 30, 1946. He was a member of the American Bar Association and Yurkovich-Beck American Legion Post 594 and enjoyed tennis, bowling, travel, following University of Illinois sports and the St. Louis Cardinals, and time with his family.

In addition to his wife, surviving are his children, Alan (Rajia) Droste of Laguna Beach, Calif., Robyn (Rob) Simburger of Collierville, Tenn., and Jim (Laura) Droste of Porter Ranch, Calif.; grandchild, Erica (Nicholas) Rawls of Simpsonville, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Cassandra Rawls and Christian Rawls; and sisters-in-law, Helen Hainaut of Springfield and Mary Droste of Bloomington, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Droste; his mother-in-law, Catherine Byots; and siblings-in-law, Jules Hainaut, John Jr. and Violet Byots, and Bill and Joanne Byots.

Friends may call from 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26, at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive, until services at noon at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive, with Rev. Ben Fiore officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery, with graveside military rites conducted by the Mt. Olive Area Veterans. Following the burial, the Zion Ladies will serve lunch at the church hall.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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