Robert E. “Bob” Slyman 

Bob Slyman, one of the iconic figures of the St. Louis business and advertising scene died Sunday Sept. 3, 2017 at his home in Fenton, Mo. He was 85 years old. In 1965 Mr. Slyman and his brother, the late Harry Slyman started Slyman Brothers Appliance on Watson Rd. in Crestwood and owned it for many years until other family members took over.

Bob Slyman died at home of natural causes, surrounded by his beloved wife of 65 years, Jerry and other family members, including all of his eight children who came to his bedside. Mr. Slyman who raised his family in Our Lady of Providence parish, was given the last rites Sunday night..

“He was the best dad ever,” said his daughter Darlene Kassen, who was happy that he was able to attend her surprise birthday party in August, getting to celebrate with family including his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren and extended family and friends. The photo shown left is Bob Slyman greeting Darlene at the party.

Besides Darlene, Bob, Sr. was the center of attention at the party-- with guests happy to see him and spend time with him.

Bob and Harry Slyman (shown in photo, right) operated their business in an era of company owners who were known for starring in humorous television commercials. Surrounded by the comedic commercials of Uncle Leonard, Steve Mizerany and Schweig-Engle to name a few, the Slymans took their advertising to a whole new level when they used technology to superimpose themselves on the Gateway Arch. They would wave from the top of the arch and say “Thanks for making us tops in town.”

"My dad and uncle opened the business in 1965, which was the same year the Arch was completed, so it was a natural tie-in to do those commercials,” said Bob Slyman, Jr.

The original Slyman brothers used the tagline “Try us you’ll like us” and today the company, in its third generation, owned by Bob Slyman, Jr., Jon Slyman, and Darlene Slyman Kassen continues to use it.

Bob, Jon, Darlene and their sister Diane Slyman as well as many of their children continue running the business which will remain open this weekend despite the visitation and funeral.

Slyman Brothers Appliance released the following statement following Mr. Slyman’s death:

It is with heavy hearts that we relay the passing of Bob Slyman Sr. on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Bob along with his brother Harry, started Slyman Brothers in 1965. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and an overall great person who will be missed by so many. We are so grateful to this man for starting something that continues, still today, supporting so many wonderful families.
Rest in peace Bob, we ALL love you.

Bob Slyman served in the U.S. Air Force.

Family was everything to Bob Slyman (shown in photo left, with wife Jerry and granddaughter Kristie Breeding Scherrer) and it was important to him to have dinner with his family so he would leave the store and run home at 5 p.m. and then go back to the store every evening. 

“We just loved him so much and he loved his family more than anything,” said daughter Diane Slyman.

Bob Slyman’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in the early 1900's. His parents were Harry (an insurance salesman) and Agnes Slyman. The family’s Lebanese heritage was important to him, with Jerry learning to prepare favorites like kibbeh nayyeh, a Lebanese dish made of lamb or beef mixed with bulgar. 

“He loved all the Lebanese food like kibbeh, malfouf (stuffed cabbage rolls) grape leaves, lubia,” said Judy Tabash, whose father, John, was his first cousin. The cousins raised their families two doors down from each other. “He loved to play golf and also really enjoyed going to football games with a group of guys, including my dad.”

Bob and Jerry Slyman liked taking trips to a vacation house in Florida, and those trips always involved golfing.

“In recent years his favorite times were the ones spent with his kids and grandkids,” said Darlene Kassen.

Known for his smile, he always enjoyed himself when relatives would get together. He was most happy when surrounded by family with a big cigar in his hand.

“He was just a hard-working, giving, kind, person," said Judy Tabash. ”He loved to tease and was always smiling. He was really a great guy.”

Bob Slyman is survived by his wife Jerry Slyman and children Debbi (Rich) Adams, Bob,Jr. (Angie), Mike (Sherry), Darlene (Gordon) Kassen, Tony (Lisa), Denise (John) Bradley, Diane Slyman (fiance Tim Naccarato),and Jon (Lauri) Slyman. He had 26 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services are from Kutis- Affton

Visitation Friday Sept. 8, 2017, 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.  at Kutis, 10151 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

Funeral Mass is Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 10 a.m. St. George Church 4980 Heege Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123, with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 6901 MacKenzie Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123


Should friends or family wish to donate in Bob Slyman's memory, family requests the American Heart Association