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Robert Lewis Chance, Jr.

January 9, 1956 — October 29, 2021

Robert Lewis Chance, Jr.,  65, of Rolling Prairie, IN passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family; Father Paul Silva, LC; and Father Robert DeCesare, LC.

Robert was born on January 9, 1956 in Detroit, MI, to Robert Lewis and Margaret Therese (Gelineau) Chance.

On April 13, 1985 in Spokane, WA, he married Colleen Cools who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Melissa (Frank) Lindquist of Rolling Prairie, IN, Catherine Chance of Buffalo, NY, Hannah (Ben) O'Brien of Laconia, NH, Thomas Chance of Rolling Prairie, IN, and Rosemarie Chance of Rolling Prairie, IN; 2 granddaughters, Amelia and Violet; siblings, Julia Gustafson of Wooster, OH and John Chance of Oak Park, MI; brother-in-law, Bill Hanneman of Mason, MI; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Janet Hanneman; and brother-in-law, Brian Gustafson.

Robert was a teacher for 13 years at Sacred Heart Apostolic School.  Prior to that, he taught for 16 years at Marquette High School  in Ottawa, IL.  Robert loved teaching and the students he taught!

Robert was a member of St. John Kanty Catholic Church.  He was a man of great faith, making it central to his whole life.

He enjoyed camping, reading, and playing chess and pinochle.  Robert especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021, at St. John Kanty Catholic Church with Father Heimer officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John Kanty Catholic Cemetery.

A time of visitation will be from 4 p.m. -  8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Sacred Heart Apostolic School, 5901 N. 500 E., Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 in Robert's honor; the family in c/o Colleen Chance, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN, 46350; or the donor's choice.

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

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