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Robert W. Mabbs a 40-year resident of Batavia Robert W. Mabbs died on Nov. 24, 2012, aged 86. He was born Sept. 3, 1926. A Chicago native, he attended Evanston High School. A naval veteran of World War II, he served in the Mediterranean. He attended UW-Madison and graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. He married Betty Britt in Milwaukee, WI on June 12, 1953. Prior to retirement, he spent almost 30 years in the paper and packaging industry in sales and management positions. He was an active member of the Chicago section of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry, serving on its board and at retirement was chairman. He was a life member of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association. Active in the Congregational Church of Batavia, he served on various boards and as moderator of the church. He was an active participant and served on the board of the Batavia Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for over 20 years as well as having worked at Delnor Community Hospital Hi-Hat Shop. He was a member of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association Robert had a lifelong interest in railroads and was a member of the Chicago and Northwestern Historical Society and spent Tuesdays volunteering at the archives. Joining other Batavia community volunteers he made trips to Grand Forks, ND, St. Peter, MN and Owensboro, KY, to help repair flood and tornado damage. He also worked on several Habitat houses in the local area with his good friend Bob Hawse telling him "I have an opportunity for you." He was also a member of the Batavia Historical Society and B.O.Y.S. Club. In retirement, Robert and Betty were able to travel extensively and particularly enjoyed bareboat sailing in the Virgin Islands over a span of 15 years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Jean Mabbs (nee Brunsell) of Evansville, WI; and his father and stepmother, Carl (Marie) Mabbs of Fayetteville, AR. Besides his wife Betty, he is survived by his children, Barbara, Kathryn, John (Laurie) and Lauren (Agustin); four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial services will be held at The Congregational Church of Batavia, UCC, 9 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Congregational Church of Batavia or a .
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Dec. 8, 2012
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