September 27, 1925 - September 10, 2016
San Antonio, Texas | Age 90
Robert Anthony "Bob" Markelz, M.D., beloved father, husband, grandfather, and physician, died in San Antonio, Texas early on the morning of September 10, 20 16. Robert was born in 1925 in Joliet, Illinois, the eldest child of Anton John and Angela (Kostelz) Markelz, both deceased.
He was graduated from St. Raymond's School, Joliet Township High School, 1942, Joliet Junior College, 1944, and with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1947. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1955 with several years in a MASH unit in Korea, where he participated in pioneering research in the development of the artificial kidney and served as the chief of the Artificial Kidney Center and the Hemorrhagic Fever Center for which received the Bronze Star.
Bob entered private medical practice of internal medicine in Joliet, Illinois in 1955 and retired from practice in 1988. He served on the staff of St. Joseph's Hospital and the Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, where he also served as chief of medicine and as the founder and director of the Kidney Dialysis Unit. Additionally, he served as regional medical consultant of the Illinois State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for twenty-five years, the Will County Board of Health, and he held teaching appointments at the University of Illinois and Rush Medical Schools.
Bob's wife of forty-two years, Evelyn L. Markelz, and his two brothers, James "Jim" Markelz and Frederick "Jack" Markelz, predeceased him. Robert is survived by his four children from his twenty-five year marriage to the late Marion Manola Markelz: Stephen (Judith) Markelz, of San Antonio, Texas; Monica (Julian Connolly) Markelz, of Charlottesville, Virginia; Robert A. "Mark" (Barbara) Markelz, Jr., of Fairfield, Connecticut; and Andrea (John Cerne) Markelz, of Buffalo, New York; and his younger sister Jean (Bill) Mammosser of Joliet, Illinois. Eleven grandchildren and four great-grand children also survive Bob.
A memorial service will be held at The Village at Incarnate Word at 11:30 AM on Saturday, September 24th where Bob was a resident since 2015.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., NY, NY 10016, www.kidney.org or 1-800-622-9010.