Robert Lee Savaglio Jr. died March 18th at his home in ByronCenter, MI. He was born October 4, 1979 in Racine, WI to Pamela Ann Mertins and Dr. Robert Lee Savaglio.
About Savaglio Jr.
Robert attended schools at Trinity Lutheran until he followed his football coach, Scott Smith, to St Catherine’s High School (Class of ’98). He excelled at both basketball and football, setting school records along the way and as a Senior was awarded Racine’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Robert moved on to UW-LaCrosse where he received his BA in Accounting followed by a Masters in Accounting from UW-Milwaukee. Rob chose the accounting profession because he would go with his Dad to visit our Uncle Al at work – Dairyland Racetrack in Kenosha.
There Rob learned gaming odds and statistics. With this love of the gaming industry, Rob decided he could work in a sports book, but would often say: “Why should I be a bookie when I can run the casino?” He took his own advice and moved to Las Vegas. Rob started at MGM Grand and Caesar’s Palace casinos and eventually worked his way up to Casino Controller at Treasure Island, where he became known as “Hombre De La Gente” for his friendly talkative nature and ability to strike up a conversation with any employee. Rob then went on to be the Director of Finance at Red Rock Hotel and Casino.
After about a decade in Las Vegas, Robert wanted a change and decided to take a position as CFO for Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, MI. He was able to parlay this position into a larger role as CFO of the Gun Lake Tribe, which was his final position.
Rob enjoyed watching basketball, baseball, football, UFC, and golfing. There was not a sport Rob wouldn’t watch or play. When Rob was not watching or playing, he was coaching. He coached high school teams in Wisconsin and volunteer coached for a kids basketball team in Las Vegas.
Rob leaves behind his prized companion, Gigi, his bichon frise. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert Lee and Pamela (Mertins) Savaglio of Sun City, AZ; his sisters, Amy Savaglio (Vincent Niemi) of Peoria AZ, Melissa Kim (Dr Kyu) of Tualatin, OR, and Joy Hulsey of Denver, CO; and his nephews, Gavin, Kai, and Jakobi Kim, who will truly miss fun Uncle Rob.
A Celebration of Rob’s life will be held Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Racine, with Rev. Jim Olson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday from 12 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Racine Youth Sports.
Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith Acklam Funeral Home.