BATAVIA – Robert W. Mabbs, 86, a 40-year resident of Batavia, died Nov. 24, 2012. |
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, Wis. He married Betty Britt in Milwaukee, Wis., on June 12, 1953.
Before 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 more than 20 years and 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, spending Tuesdays volunteering at the archives.
Joining other Batavia community volunteers, he made trips to Grand Forks, N.D., St. Peter, Minn., and Owensboro, Ky., to 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 traveled 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 (nee Brunsell) Mabbs of Evansville, Wis.; and his father and stepmother, Carl (Marie) Mabbs of Fayetteville, Ark.
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 at 11 a.m. at The Congregational Church of Batavia, UCC, 9 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, 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 Kane County Chronicle on Dec. 6, 2012