Robert Earl Drew of Kenilworth, Illinois. (November 22, 1930 – February 3, 2018). Eagle Scout.
Born November 22, 1930 at Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago Illinois to Colleen and Leslie Drew. Robert attended New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL graduating in 1948.
Robert or Bob as most of his friends called him, entered the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1948, and graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1952. Shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois, Bob married Patricia Michelman and moved to New Mexico where Bob was a Lieutenant in the army based at White Sands Proving Grounds. After leaving the military, Bob and Pat moved to Milwaukee, made several life-long friends, before eventually landing in Kenilworth in the early 60’s.
In Milwaukee, Bob began his professional career working in industrial sales for Cutler Hammer before joining his father, Leslie, and brother, Roger, at Drew & Carr in the advertising world. In 1969, Bob left advertising to own and run a plastics firm, Leon Bush Manufacturing. For over 25 years, Bob utilized his mechanical engineering background designing several household and toy items and was credited with several patents.
Including his youth and most of his adult life, Bob lived in Kenilworth for over 70 years. Bob enjoyed coaching local youth baseball and football teams and was the defacto league photographer during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Bob was also an active member in The Church of the Holy Comforter and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. In May of 2017 Bob sold the family home and relocated close to family in Three Rivers, which is also where the family and Bob enjoyed reunions for the past 20 years.
Robert Earl Drew was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Patricia, and will be interned with Patricia at The Church of The Holy Comforter. Robert is survived by his four children, Deborah Drew Howell (Steven), George Robert Drew (Beth), David Michael Drew (Carrie) and Gerald Philip Drew (Elizabeth). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
The memorial service for Bob will be held on March 23rd at 11:00 AM at The Church of The Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Boy Scout troop. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohnerfh.com