E. R. "Bob" Pape III attended Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois before graduating from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
In 1977, Bob purchased the Berhalter Funeral Home at 215 W. North in Danville and managed the home until 1995 when he donated the building to the Christian Home for Youth and later transferred ownership to the Illiana Genealogy Society.
In 1984, Bob purchased the Pape Funeral Home from his father, and the two worked side by side until his father's declining health forced him to retire.
In 1985, Bob added a cremation gardens/cemetery to the funeral home grounds, which remains in operations and growing today.
In 1995, Bob added an in-house crematory to the business.
Bob has four children, 2 daughters and 2 sons, including E. R. "Roby" Pape IV. He was very active in Danville Rotary, being instrumental in securing an international grant. Bob enjoyed the ballet, the opera, and wine dinners at the Orlando Hyatt. Bob passed away suddenly in September of 2013, leaving a great legacy and momentous shoes to fill.