Robert Otto Warnecke of Arlington Heights Robert Otto Warnecke, 95, formerly of Elkhorn, Wis., and Chicago, passed away peacefully on Sept. 29, 2012, surrounded by his loving children, Michael (Germaine) Warnecke, Kay (Charles) Primrose, Joan (David) Heald, Nancy (Kim) Coleman and Robert (Deborah) Warnecke. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Jane Sternberg Warnecke; and his loving wife of 12 years, Katherine Coleman Warnecke. Robert grew up in Chicago (only child of Emil Otto and Kathyrn Hargesheimer Warnecke) and as a youth was a voracious reader - sometimes staying up most of the night to read a Zane Gray or Jack London novel. He served in the Navy during World War II as a radioman. He was a faithful and valued employee of Bradner Central Company, a paper distribution firm, and retired after 49 years. He was very active in the Arlington Heights Elks Club, and served a term as a Grand Exalted Ruler. Artistic by nature, he was an avid water colorist who loved to paint landscapes and also loved to draw what he called "cartoons," which were actually clever caricatures. An avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, he held season tickets for both teams for many years. He took great pleasure in family gatherings, whether at a cookout in the back yard or on vacation in his cherished Maui, Hawaii, where he indulged his love of golf. He loved his lake house in Wisconsin, and nothing made him happier than cruising around the lake on his pontoon boat or watching the weekly sailboat races, being a sailor at heart. His greatest love, however, was reserved for his family, of which he was so proud, and of which he was the undisputed leader and champion. He was always ready to listen and help, whether for his children, his grandchildren, Michael Warnecke, Drew Warnecke, Lindsey (Kirk) Sanders, Christina Wollerman, Jeremy (Rachel) Wollerman, John (Marissa) Lowe, Brian Coleman, Julie (Lance) Hill and Jackie Coleman; or his great-grandchildren, Diego Lowe, Zoe Wollerman, Sebastian Lowe and Cole Sanders. For the last four years he was a resident of Lutheran Home of Arlington Heights, a loving and caring community where he was known for his friendliness, positive attitude and dapper attire. A memorial visitation will be held from 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Seegers Living Room of the Lutheran Home, until the time of the service at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of St. John the Beloved in the Lutheran Home, 800 W Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. The service will be followed by a celebration with refreshments. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran Home.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 10, 2012