Robert Arthur Dietmeyer of Gurnee Robert Arthur Dietmeyer, 84, died peacefully on Good Friday, April 6, 2012. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a devout Catholic, veteran of the Army, tireless professional with Abbott Laboratories, community volunteer, and an avid jogger, golfer, and antique auto enthusiast throughout his adult life. He was born May 9, 1927, in Burlington, Iowa. He moved to Waukegan as a child and graduated from Waukegan High School in 1944. He then enlisted in the Army and served in the 703rd Military Police Battalion in Washington D.C., where he attained the rank of sergeant while helping to guard President Truman. After leaving the Army. he enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1950. He was the manager of corporate benefits at Abbott Labs, worked towards and earned his master's degree from Marquette University, and spent 35 years with the company before retiring in 1986. He served as president of the Holy Name Society of the St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan and volunteered on the Gurnee Village Civil Service Commission from 1988 to 1991. He was involved with numerous charities, including the Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army, and the American Cancer Society, was a founding member of the St. Paul's Church Parish in Gurnee, and even served as little league baseball coach for all five of his sons with the North Side A.C. in Waukegan. He was preceded in death by the love of his life-his wife of 46 years, Catherine Efinger Dietmeyer; and his parents, Viola and Fred Dietmeyer. He is survived by his sons and daughters, David (Nanette) of Crestwood, Ky., Thomas of St. Cloud, Fla., Patricia Hook of Wadsworth, John of Fremont, Calif., Philip (Susan) of Gurnee, James (Dara) of Libertyville and Mary Minehart (Darwin) of Waukegan. He is also survived by his older brother, Richard (Thelma) of Lake Bluff; grandchildren, Tony, Kelly and Keith Morse, and Colleen, Desiree and Jimmy Dietmeyer; and many nieces and nephews. "Those of us who knew and loved 'Pop' will miss his guidance, generosity, sense of humor, and his positive example for us on how to be a wonderful husband to our Mom throughout their lives together." Visitation will be Tuesday, April 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. A private memorial service and funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 11. For information, 847-244-1155 or www.salatagurneefuneralhome.com.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on April 8, 2012