Robert J. Pepper

April 30, 1937 - December 19, 2021

Pepper, Robert

Robert J Pepper Sr 84, of Geneva Illinois, While surrounded by his family he peacefully passed away on December 19 at Asbury Gardens. He was born April 30 1937 in Elora Tennessee The son of Alex (Rebecca Donaldson) Pepper.

He grew up as a young child on a farm in rural Tennessee, and if it were up to him he would have lived there his whole life. He enjoyed working hard his entire life, especially running the farm with his Grandfather, Father and Brother. He spoke very fondly about all the memories he had especially fishing in Robinson's Creek with his brother, He especially enjoyed trips with his grandfather to different places in Tennessee.

His family came to Chicago around 1950 where he had many different jobs including helping his Dad take care of apartments, tending to the coal burning stoves and shoveling the snow. He also worked at a newspaper stand at the corner of State and Madison downtown Chicago after school selling the evening edition of the newspaper.

He was an avid White Sox fan growing up. He also attended a few Cubs games as they would let people in for free after the 7th inning. He said he would only go to heckle the cubs players though.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 4 years, working on a submarine, and assigned to the USS Mansfield as a torpedo man. He was eventually stationed in Hawaii where amongst the many other hobbies he found, he learned how to box from his friend Jack. He also served in the naval reserves for 8 years. We all enjoyed listening to his many fun stories of his time during his service.

He had many jobs working in Chicago after his service years including washing windows on some of the tall buildings in Chicago and running a janitorial company with his brother.

He moved to Geneva in 1967 and worked as a laborer for several construction companies including working at Eagle concrete for several years. He would stay in the concrete business, eventually starting his own company and remained in the concrete trade for 40 years doing small jobs up until his mid seventies.

After retiring from his career in concrete he eventually found his way to owning and operating the Batavia Popcorn Depot for many years. He loved talking to his old friends that would come visit and make a new friends. He never met a stranger, and he made sure every dog that came by got a piece of popcorn if they wanted one. He was affectionately known as popcorn Bob by many of his customers. A bag of regular popcorn mixed with caramel popcorn is still on the menu called the Bob.

In his retirement years he also enjoyed walking his beagles. In addition to being known as popcorn Bob he was also the man with the beagles because he was often seen on the bike path with them.

 He had so many incredible stories about his camping trips, fishing trips, and hockey trips with his friends and family. He was the best at telling a story and he certainly did have them to tell.

 He played an important role as a friend, and a mentor to an incredible amount of people over the years. The stories that have been told to his family about the influence that he had in their lives further defines to us the wonderful, intelligent, and caring man he is.

He was surrounded with endless love and care, and although our hearts are heavy with his departure from this life, we know that he is at peace, and there are an awful lot of people that are happy to welcome him home especially his beagles that are waiting for him to share his sandwich with hot sauce.

He is survived by 4 sons,  Robert (Marty) Alex, Anthony and Jack, 3 grandchildren,  Chris, Josh and Jacque, one great grandchild, Everett, a sister Marjo, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alex and Rebecca, Brother Jim, and one sister

There will be a celebration of life service At Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.  on January 29th from 1 till time of service at 4 PM (At 4 PM he will be given Navy honors, and a public memorial service will follow.) 

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to your local animal charity or St. Jude's Children Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For info 630-879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Lizet Oh Pepper you will truly be missed, those nights that I would just hear you sing and sing would make my night go so much faster. The stories that you would share with me are priceless and I will forever cherish them. I am beyond grateful to be part of your life and to the family I will forever be grateful for allowing us to take care of Pepper. Rest In Peace sweet Bob Pepper.
  • Kelly To the Peppers family, Thank you for allowing us to care for such an amazing man. It is such an honor to care for him and he touched everyone’s heart and honestly made us all better people. Each day I miss hearing his voice and him saying “hello” . We had many laughs and loved hearing his stories as well (especially the tattoo :) ) We all truly miss him but his impact and values he taught us especially me I try to honor him each day, by being the warm, kind and compassionate person that he showed us. God bless
  • Lisa Scaria Bob your kind nature will be missed . Rest In Peace
  • Chetna Joshi Bob , your caring nature , your singing , your fights your arguments your laughing and your talks will be missed . The days we spent together were precisely memorable . I learn a lot from you . Thank you for being best Bob . I love you and wishing your Saul may rest in peace .
  • John Christophersen I miss meetung Bob at Fabian and walking with him and his dogs!
  • Hector Ramirez Robert you be truly miss I will miss your jokes and funny stories . I was glad to be your caregiver and was honored to get to know you. You be truly missed May you Rest In Peace robert