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Robert Kidwell Rabb, 87, of Zionsville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. He was born Oct. 17, 1929, to the now late Max and Georgia Rabb. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn Horan Rabb; and his sister, Jace Ann Michael (Tootsie).
Bob graduated in 1948 from Washington High School, Indianapolis. After high school, he worked on the railroad with his father from 1948 to 1952. In January 1952, he began his 40-year career with Kraft Foods as a salesman. In 1991 he retired from Kraft to spend time with Marilyn in Ft. Myers, Fla.
On Sept. 26, 1953, Bob married Marilyn Horan of Indianapolis. They started their family in Speedway and lived there until 1966. The family moved from Speedway to raise their five children in Zionsville.
Bob was an avid golfer, he also enjoyed hunting golf balls, playing cards and fishing with his family. Bob lived for his family and friends; he never met a stranger.
Bob is survived by his sister, Myra Ellis of Inverness, Fla.; his four sons, Gary (Debbie Born), Dan (Peggy Porter), Jim (Paula Weaver) and Bill (Lisa Petrowsky); his daughter, Mary Rabb; and family friend, Ro Madea. Bob had eight grandchildren, Jessica Richmond (Scott), Megan Rabb, David Rabb (Monica), Tanner Rabb, Brandon Rabb, Brian Rabb, Molly Rabb and Christina Rabb; and two great-grandchildren, Brennan and Madelyn Richmond.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Zionsville, on Feb. 14. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. A funeral mass will follow at 7 p.m.; all are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to be given to Father Terry Hopenjans, c/o St. Michael Catholic Church, 720 Washington Ave., Paintsville, KY 41240.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.
Published on February 10, 2017
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