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Robert Kristoff

October 31, 1938 — November 20, 2023

Carbondale - Robert Lee Kristoff, 85, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family.


Robert was born on October 31, 1938 in Carbondale to Anton and Anna (Maynarich) Kristoff. Robert married Janice Lindhorst on December 5, 1964 in Makanda.


Robert was a 1956 graduate of Carbondale Community High School. He was drafted and proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1962 - 1963. He retired in 2000 from the State of Illinois as Site Superintendent of Giant City State Park.


Robert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, daughter Melissa Staples, granddaughter Annabelle Staples, and sister Marie Stockton.


He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Tony Jr., Albert, Katherine, Edward, Louis, Lucille, Bertha, and twin brother Richard, and his son-in-law Steven Staples.


A Memorial of Robert's life will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, November 28th in Giant City State Park (Shelter #3) Nephew Dennis Vaughn will be officiating and Military Honors will be presented by the U.S. Army and American Legion Post #127.


Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Robert visit




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