Robert Propoggio, 79, of Creal Springs, and a former longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Aug. 9, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. Born on Dec. 9, 2016, he was a respected pharmacist in the Oak Park community for 28 years, the owner of Proper Pharmacy, and he counseled a myriad of patients and improved their lives.

An avid lover of classical music and a zealous reader of science, science fiction and history, he was a self-taught physicist with several patented scientific theories. His art of conversation was unparalleled. 

Robert Propoggio is survived by his children, Leslie (Jeff) Perry, Ron (Suzanne), Lisa (Mark) Latham, Lynn (Terry) Leggett, Amelia (Mike) Simenson, and Megan (Shaun) Pollitt; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and John (Amy) Miller. He was preceded in death by Emily (nee Szalek), his wife of 53 years; and his daughter, Lauren Miller. 

Visitation was held on Aug. 14 at Drechsler Brown and Williams Funeral Home, followed by private interment. The family appreciates memorials to Audio Books for the Blind at Learning Ally, www.learningally.org, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc., 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, 62220 (www.hospice.org). 

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