ST. CHARLES – Robert Lenzini, 80, was born in Highland Park. |
He attended Waukegan Township High School and graduated from the University of Illinois as a Civil Engineer. Bob was a lineman on the Illini 1952 Rose Bowl football team and captain of the 1953 team. During these years, he was named "Lineman of the Week" by the National Sportswriters Association and later received the honor of being the first University of Illinois athlete selected to the Scholastic All-American Team.
After graduation, Mr. Lenzini served three years as an aviator in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Regensburg, Germany.
Following Bob's retirement from the service, he, his wife, Doris, and their two sons moved to the Green Oaks-Libertyville area, where they resided for 19 years. During this time, Bob served as president of the Oak Grove School Board and as a trustee of First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville.
In 1977, after their sons graduated from Libertyville High School and were attending the University of Illinois, the family moved to St. Charles. At that time, Bob co-founded the consulting civil engineering firm of Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick, Inc.
During the 1990s, Mr. Lenzini was honored to serve as a director on the University of Illinois Civil Engineering Alumni Board and received the University of Illinois Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.
Bob is survived by Doris, his loving wife of 60 years; their two sons, Robert (Anne Marie) of Crystal Lake and James of Geneva; and three granddaughters, Katharine Tarczynski, Rebecca Lenzini and Jennifer Lenzini. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Peggy McCabe of Deerfield and Beattie (David) Radcliffe of Lake Forest; and many loving nephews.
Interment at the Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville will be private. Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to the Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL 60134.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Feb. 17, 2013