Robert Virgil Brill

Robert Virgil Brill, 71, passed January 20, 2023. There will be a Visitation 6-8 pm Friday, January 27 followed by a prayer service 8-8 :30 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lawrence, KS.  Funeral, Saturday, Jan.28, 10AM, also at St. John the Evangelist Church.

Bob was born July 5, 1951, to Bob Brill and Alice Brill (nee Head) now deceased.

He married his dear wife, Ruth Entwistle, September 2, 1989, and together they have found love and given joy through music, science, books, games, prayer, wit, and wonderful food.  Bob was an excellent cook! The Brill/Entwistle hospitality embraced many from near and far with sincere warmth and fun. Bob’s generosity extended beyond family and the workplace, (ICL Chemicals), to tutoring Woodlawn grade schoolers, providing help to the homeless, teaching catechism to adults, and driving cross country with truckloads of necessities to remote Native American reservations.

Bob leaves his blessing upon his wife, Ruth, daughter, Sara Brill (Ryan Drake), sons Robert Brill, Nicholas Brill, and Benjamin Brill, three grandchildren- Elijah Brill, Silas Drake and Oscar Drake, his sister Kathleen Riley, and brother Richard Brill (Bonny), 7 nieces, 5 nephews, 3 great nieces and many relatives and friends.

Bob was a true Franciscan. He believed the very best way to serve God was to serve other people. In deeds and words, he was always a good neighbor- truly like the good Samaritan. We know that Bob’s mission of love and peace will be carried out by his relatives, friends, and his Franciscan brothers and sisters. He rests now in peace in the palm of God’s hands.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. John the Evangelist Church, or The Coalition for Homeless Concerns /DARE Center 944 Kentucky, Lawrence, KS 66044, or a charity of your choice. For more information or to post a condolence go to

16 Condolences

  1. Leanne Arnold on January 24, 2023 at 5:54 am

    I’m so sorry. Bob was always such a nice guy. Heaven has gained another angel.

  2. Jane and Larry Koster on January 24, 2023 at 11:58 am

    We are so sorry. Bob was a great guy. We will keep you in our prayers. Jane and Larry Koster.

  3. Kevin & Pam Beauford on January 26, 2023 at 4:56 am

    Bill and Ruth were one of the 4 couples that welcomed me when I moved to Lawrence and visited St. John parish. I will be forever grateful for this and his involving me in the Saturday morning rosary. May he rest in the arms of our Savior and Mary, our Mother.

  4. Jean Finch on January 26, 2023 at 11:48 am

    We already miss Bob terribly. But Bob was a phenomenal teacher, and we will do our best to carry on what lessons he lived for us. In truth and love, Bob is with us still.

  5. Nadeen Myers on January 26, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was not just my colleague, but a valued friend as well. His compassion for others always came through and I I am a better person because our paths met up. Peace be with the Brill family.

  6. Janet Heher on January 26, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Robert was truly a person of love and peace. He taught me so much about life, family and books. My first memory when we were kids was learning how to play Clue and he never let me win even though I was younger. His intelligent wit and dry humor kept me on my toes. My heart is filled with sadness and I wish God’s peace and comfort to all his family during this most difficult time.
    With much love,

  7. Joyce Halderman on January 27, 2023 at 5:06 am

    His dry sense of humor always made me laugh. I miss him already. Peace. Joyce

  8. Joyce Halderman on January 27, 2023 at 5:14 am

    His dry sense of humor always made me laugh. I miss him already. Peace. Joyce

  9. Greg Gervasio on January 27, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Monsanto & Solutia in the 1990s.

  10. Beverly Bryant LeMaster on January 27, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Robert Brill was my cousin, and he held a very special place in my household growing up. He came to stay with us for a few summers, and my sisters and I delighted in treating him like our own
    brother. I’m not surprised that he grew up to be a wonderful cook, as his Dad (my Uncle Bob) was also an inspired cook. Unfortunately we did not see Robert much as adults except for funerals and a few memorable reunions. But when we did see him, it was always a reminder of what a kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and generous person he was. He will truly be missed. My condolences to Ruth and his children, to Ric and Katie, and to all of Bob’s family and friends.

  11. Dave Gard on January 27, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    So sad to hear the news about Bob. It was always a pleasure to see him when I had the opportunity to visit Lawrence, or when he returned to St. Louis for work. He excelled as a scientist and a statistician. He was an involved and caring person who had tremendous insight and a penetrating wit. My condolences to the Brill family.

  12. Rebecca Bryant on January 27, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    I wish my cousin Bob had been my neighbor. We spent weeks together in summers growing up. I wish we had not been separated by distance as adults. He was such a wonderful man. I know he will be missed, but he is praising Him now with nothing holding him back. I look forward to seeing him in the next life.

  13. Sharon Book on January 27, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    It was a pleasure to work with Bob at Solutia/Astaris/ICL. Projects with him always went smoothly. His personality was so easy to work with, and his mastery of statistics was outstanding. He will be missed. Condolences to his family, who will miss him more.

  14. Janet Woller on January 27, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about the family’s loss. All of the family is in our prayers and thoughts.
    Dave and Janet Woller

  15. Shane on January 27, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    Bob was a good friend, fun to be around, witty, super intelligent (yes Bob I said that!) and always willing to help out. I and others at ICL miss him. Rest in peace Bob and say hello to our buddy Mike!

  16. Kevin Loos on January 27, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    We miss you Bob. You were so smart and witty and a knack for being a wonderful teacher. Miss our time together and our many conversations. So glad you made the move to Lawrence and joined us at the plant. My deepest condolences to Ruth and your family. We lost a great human being this week.

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