SPRING VALLEY — Robert J. “Rob” Pozzi Jr., 51, of rural Spring Valley died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after a courageous 12-month battle with cancer.
Rob was born Sept. 19, 1962, in Spring Valley to Robert and Barbara (Coutts) Pozzi Sr. He married JoAnn Smoode on May 28, 1988, in Spring Valley.
Rob was a graduate of Hall High School, Class of 1980, and attended Illinois Valley Community College. Rob was currently employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, working as maintenance yard supervisor in Princeton. He had previously owned and operated both RSI Masonry and P & P Masonry. Rob was currently serving as a member of the Bureau County Board and as a Hall Township trustee.
Rob was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Spring Valley Walleye Club, the Wisconsin Paint Horse Club and the Illinois Paint Horse Association. He also coached softball and soccer in Ladd and Spring Valley, as well as the Hall Township Youth Basketball League.
Rob is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of rural Spring Valley; his daughter, Gianna Marie, at home; his parents, Robert and Barbara Pozzi Sr. of Spring Valley; two sisters, Bonnie Pozzi of Spring Valley and Sandra Pennell of Tennessee; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Smoode of Spring Valley; his in-laws, Silvia Smoode, Joe (Jennifer) Smoode, Keith (Jill) Smoode, all of Granville, and Jane (Jim) Hughes of Metamora; and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cherry with the Rev. Patrick Fixsen officiating. Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, and from 10:30 a.m. until the of services Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be directed for an education fund to be established for his beloved daughter, Gianna.
A guestbook may be viewed and memories shared at www.bartofh.com.