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“Bob has been gone a year and I have just seen the loving messages that friends and family posted on this website. It means so much more to me now. ...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Phyllis Novy - New Lenox, IL

“You were a really good man, Bob. My kids and I loved you. Rest in peace.✝ ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Julie Hoffman - Lockport, IL

“Dear Phyllis and Family:Want to send our sincere condolences to you all on Bob's passing. Just had a feeling cause we haven't seen you guys at car...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Marge Carey - Mokena, IL

“Phyllis and family- We just heard of Bob's passing and we are all deeply saddened.we lost touch when we all stopped racing but I've known him nearly...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Dede Hall (Jeffrey) - Friend

“i'll miss you at Fankfort car club gatherings. Thankyou for your professional help and advice. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Bob and Carol Eyrich - Manhattan, IL

“Love you Bob... ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: vicki drogemuller - homer glen, IL

“Captain Novy, "Bob" Phyllis, friends and family. We all know that words, even well selected and meaningful, cannot accurately express the grief and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Al Shanahan - Bloomington, IN

“Remember watching The Muppet Movie at the firehouse for the first time. There is a scene with Fozzy Bear driving and he says"...a bear in his...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: William Ruting - Lyons, IL

“So many memories of the "GOOD OLD DAYS " at sante fe speedway-Bob and the guys in the pits-us girls in the stands-cheering on arnie-good friends...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn Scanlan-Grotz - Syracuse, IN

“Bob was a very wonderful and kind person. I had the pleasure of knowing him when he and his wife Phyllis Joiner Novy opened up the basement of their...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Allen Boice - Orland Park, IL

“It was always a pleasure spending time with Bob and Phyllis. He always had a welcoming smile for us! ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Jeanie Kaszubski

“My deepest sympathys on your loss Bob was a great man and will chearsh all the memorys and great times we had at Santa Fe Speedway. My thoughts and...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Kathleen Gall - FL - Friend

“Dear Bob, Carl, Danny,and I will miss you but, we will always celebrate July 4th in your honor. You were kind and gentle and one of the smartest...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Vicki Drogemuller - Homer Glen, IL

“My deepest sympathies to Bob's family and his many friends. He was a dear and genuine friend indeed. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Mark Wolfrum - Homer Glen, IL

“Uncle Bob was so many things to all of us....He always stopped whatever he was doing to help one of us with our vehicle or whatever the problem us.....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: michael joiner - independence, MO

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Robert G. Novy
Born June 28, 1948 went home to be with Jesus on July 4, 2017. He grew up in Westchester, IL. Retired Captain of the LaGrange Fire Department. Beloved husband of Phyllis (nee Joiner) for 40 years. Loving stepfather to Deb, Ray, Sally, and Sue, whom he called his own. Grandfather to Adam (Barb), Amy (Tracy), Andrew (Aimee), Joe (Mandy), Tina (Tyler), Lauren, Sean, Zoey, and Kelsey. Great Gramps to many! Wonderful brother to Pat (Rick), Pete (Mary), Tom (Phyllis), and Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
His other interests were building late model race cars to race at Santa Fe Raceway. He was a licensed pilot and owned several different small airplanes. Bob also enjoyed his role as a mechanic on the Hawk Sea Fury Racing Team at the Reno Air Races.
Bob credited his dad with teaching him everything he knew. His dad built 1" scale locomotive steam engine trains in his basement workshop. Because of what he learned from his dad, Bob could fix anything.
Throughout his adult life Bob was called upon for his advice and expertise by friends and family, and would never refuse a stranger who needed help.
The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm with a Funeral Service at 6:00pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to (NASCAR) the Denny Hamlin Foundation ( for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis.