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Obituary: Robert Henry 'Bob' Steltjes

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Robert Henry “Bob” Steltjes

Robert Henry “Bob” Steltjes

Robert Henry “Bob” Steltjes, 83, of Franklin, passed away July 21, 2020.  

Mr. Steltjes was born in St. Louis. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood and the former owner and CEO of CPS Industries in Franklin, which was a major gift wrapping manufacturing corporation.  

He was very active and respected in the community. He served on several boards, including the Battle Ground Academy Board of Trustees, the board of directors for Williamson County Bank, board of directors for McDowell Enterprises, board of directors for Tractor Supply Company and board of directors for O’More College of Design, where he was a former president.  

He was a lifetime member of the Heritage Foundation and the Carnton Association. Bob also served as chair of the United Way of Williamson County and was on the board of BTI – Robert Oldham for cancer research. 

In 1981, the Review Appeal named him ”Man of the Year.” CPS Industries, Inc. was an excellent corporate citizen, and Bob was one of the original founders of the CPS Cancer Run, now called the Franklin Classic.  

He’s survived by wife of 56 years, Gerri Steltjes; daughters, Julie (Scot) Cohen and Jen (TomM) Sharpe; grandsons, Hank Bradley Cohen, Thomas Andrew Sharpe and Robert Luke Sharpe; sisters, Carole Walesky and Kathy (Tom) Majewski; and many loving nieces and their families.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Heil. 

He loved and was loved by so many special friends, including Tom and Charlotte Cone, Roger and Marilyn Reed, Currie and Jane Andrews, Genie Herron, Maxine Bivins, Carolyn White, Tom Lafferre and all former CPS employees.  

A private family interment will be in Williamson Memorial Gardens Angel Columbarium. Memorials may be made to Battle Ground Academy.  


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