Robert J. Acosta

Obituary for Robert J. Acosta

August 5, 1947 - September 9, 2020
Aurora, Illinois | Age 73


Robert J. Acosta, 73 of Aurora, passed away Wednesday September 9, 2020 at his home with loved ones at his side. He was born August 5, 1947 in Aurora, IL, the son of the late Robert M. and Nieves (Salazar) Acosta.

Robert graduated from East Aurora High School in 1966, and was President of the Student Council. He received his associate's degree from Waubonsee Community College, his bachelor's degree from Governor State, and his master's degree from Chicago State.

Robert proudly served his country with the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1974. He served with the 101st Airborne Division as a door gunner and crew chief on a Huey helicopter. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and 27 Air Medals.

Robert started his career with the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1975. He worked at the Fox Valley and Peoria Community Correctional Centers; Stateville and Pontiac Correctional Centers; and he served as Assistant Warden of Operations at Sheridan Correctional Center and St. Charles Youth Center. Following his retirement in 2003, Robert served as a consultant with the American Correctional Association of which he was a lifelong member.

Robert served as Commander of the Sheridan American Legion Post 729 for several years. Robert was an active member of the community and at Fox River Lutheran Church where he planned Veteran's Day Celebrations to honor every veteran for their service and sacrifice.

He is survived by his children, Patricia (Michael) Dietzman, Robert W. Acosta, Jennifer (Skip) Talbot; his grandchildren Robert I. Acosta, Moriah and Brayden Dietzman, Brooke and Cooper Talbot; his great-grandchildren Noah Munoz and Laurel Schwartz; beloved caregiver and friend Serena Nieto; three sisters Carole (Daniel) Ginther, Susan (Scott) Christoffel, and Diane (Doug) Quigley; four brothers Ruben (Cindy) Acosta, Michael (Karen) Acosta, David Acosta, and Eddie (Sheila) Acosta; the mothers of his children Judy Hausler and Donna Klein; and countless nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Jason R. Acosta, and his niece Michelle Posejpal.

Memorials can be made to the America Diabetes Association ( or Wounded Warrior Project (

Visitation will be held Tuesday 4-8 pm, September 15, 2020 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl, Aurora, IL. An additional visitation will be held Wednesday 10 am, September 16, 2020 at Fox River Lutheran Church, 2785 E.-52, Sheridan, IL 60551. Funeral services will start promptly at 12 pm. Interment will take place at Norway Cemetery with food to follow at the Church. Please note that masks will be required for all attendees. For further information please call 630-897-9291.

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