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J. Robert Effinger Obituary
J. Robert (Rob) Effinger, 79, of Chicago died peacefully at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on December 19, 2013 after a short illness, surrounded by his family. Mr. Effinger was born in Chicago on August 21, 1934, the loving son of John Effinger and Ruth Walser Effinger and sister of Margaret Effinger Hayes. He graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, where he met his wife, Katherine (Kathy) Luhn Effinger, whom he married in 1957. Mr. Effinger was a very, very proud graduate of the University of Michigan (as were his grandparents, parents, wife, all four daughters, and his oldest grandchild) and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Mr. Effinger worked as an executive in the banking industry in the greater Chicago area and New York City for many years. He later founded a successful church software company, Omega C.G. Limited, which was the innovator and leader in its sector, serving 2500+ churches before selling to a competitor in 1996. Upon his retirement, Mr. Effinger enjoyed mentoring young businessmen and women with several organizations, served on the board of directors of GoodCity, and (with his wife, Kathy) volunteered as a youth advocate for foster children with Casa of DuPage County. Mr. Effinger and his wife, Kathy, made their home in the Hinsdale area for many years until moving to the Millenium Park area in downtown Chicago last year. He spent every summer of his life at the family cottage in Saugatuck, Michigan, which he loved more than anywhere else on earth and where he will be greatly missed. He was the loving father of four daughters: Mary Kay (Mark) Baker of Saugatuck and Chicago, Linda (Herb) Quinde of Chicago, Margaret Shiner of San Francisco, and Susan (Dev) Butler of East Grand Rapids. He was the beloved "Bumpa" of Stephanie (Jonathan) Zita, Caroline Baker, Matt Baker, Liamarie Quinde, Robert Butler, William Butler, Myatt Butler, and Sydney Shiner. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, December 23 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road in Oak Brook, with a reception following at the Hinsdale Golf Club, 140 West Chicago Avenue, Clarendon Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: www.dupagecasa.org.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 22, 2013
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