DIXON – Robert L. Kustom, age 85, of Dixon died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
He was born July 11, 1934, in Chicago the son of Louis and Mary (Henek) Kuskowski. He had worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont from 1958 until his retirement in 2018. Robert earned his bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from IIT in Chicago, and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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He was a member of St. Luke Episcopal Church in Dixon. He was a patron of the arts, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and woodworking. Robert married Dolores Smith Payette on March 31, 1986 in Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Lou Namowicz; and stepgrandson, Michael Strutz.
Robert is survived by his wife, Dolores; children, Brittan (Rebecca) Kustom of Crofton, MD, Todd (Julie) Kustom of Panama City, FL, Jill (Gary) Smith of Stow, MA; grandchildren, Madison Kustom, Robert Kustom, Jacqueline Smith, Spencer Smith and Tessa Smith; stepchildren, Joseph (Alicia) Payette of Shannon, IL, Mary Concepion of Las Vegas, Denise Kilbourne of Converse, TX, Sharon Payette of Tinley Park, IL, Michelle (Anton) Graff of Yorkville, IL, Rebecca (Michael Nilles) Payette of Charlotte, NC, Matthew Payette of Tucson, AZ, Luke (Traci) Payette of Naperville, IL; stepgrandchildren, Daniel Payette, Aaron Payette, Connor Concepcion, Christopher (Kristin) Kilbourne, Mariah Kilbourne, Steven (Yana) Strutz, Jessica Graff, Justin Graff, Laura Graff, Anneke Nilles, Katrina Nilles, Madelin Payette, Luke Payette Jr.; and four step-great-grandchildren.
At Robert’s request his body has been donated for scientific study through the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. Memorial donations in the donors choice can be made to organizations of Robert’s interests, in the arts or science. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon, IL. Condolences can be sent to www.thejonesfh.com.