CARBONDALE -- Robert R. Jenner, 89, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, after a short stay in Rehabilitation and Care Center of Jackson County.
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He was born Jan. 24, 1924, to Clarence Arthur and Ora (Dowling) Jenner in Sioux City, Iowa.
Bob grew up in Sutherland, Iowa, and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1941. After high school, he attended the State Univer-sity of Iowa in Iowa City, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology on June 6, 1946. In June 1955, he earned a Master of Arts in speech pathology and audiology at Northwestern University in Chicago.
After graduation, Bob worked with children in the public schools in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Rock Island. In 1966, he and his family moved to Harrisburg, where he worked for Bowen Children's Center and, after it closed, Anna Mental Health Center until his retirement in 1985. Bob loved working with children and also with adults, who had lost their ability to speak because of stoke or other illness.
He married Beverly Ruth Gough on March 27, 1948, in Chicago. They were happily married for 65 1/2 years and were parted only a few days at the end of his life.
Bob was a member of the nature conservancy, Friends of Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, and Friends of the Cache River Watershed. He was the founder/builder of what is now the River-to-River Trail and enjoyed hiking and camping. He also was well known for his fine furniture making, wood and stone carvings and paintings in both acrylic and water color.
For many years, he raised guppies and other tropical fish, and then became passionate about day lilies, growing many varieties and propagating one that bears his name. He loved birding, and after his retirement built more than 650 bluebird houses and installed them on the River-to-River Trail.
Survivors include his spouse, Beverly, of Carbondale; daughter, Lorie (Howard) Allen of Carbondale; sister, Marilyn (William) Stuart of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Sarah (Chad) Caldwell of Houston and Nathan (Amy) Stahl of Oradell, N.J.; great-granddaughter, Han-nah Stahl; nieces, nephews and other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jean Hagunbucher; and two daughters, Gail Ann Jenner and Ellen Maureen Stahl.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and private services will be at a later date in Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TIP of Illinois Hospice, 702 Chestnut St., Murphysboro, IL 62966; and/or Friends of the Cache River Watershed, 8885 Illinois 37, Cypress, IL 62923.
Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Oct. 15, 2013