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Robert B. Wall


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Robert B. Wall Obituary
Robert B. Wall (Bob), one of the few remaining OSS operatives from WWII, passed away on September 10, 2018 at 93. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the US intelligence agency during the Second World War and the forerunner to the present Central Intelligence Agency. He was born on July 19, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city along with his beloved sister Frances. His aunt and uncle, Helen and Bob Minton, raised the pair. Mr. Minton was a distinguished investment banker with The Chicago Corporation. After graduating from Loyola Academy in 1943 where he was a member of the track team, Mr. Wall enlisted in the armed forces and was chosen to serve in the OSS. In 1945 he was sent on missions in the European, African and Pacific theatres of war earning numerous medals. While stationed in Southern China, he was selected to serve on a mission supporting Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh in Vietnam. At the last moment he was reassigned but later noted the irony of the US backing Ho Chi Minh in the fight against the Japanese. He returned to the United States in 1946 and graduated from Loyola University in 1949. He later worked in executive positions at the Pure Oil Company and the Forest Atwood Paper Co. In 1950 he was united in marriage with Marylou Connolly and the couple had four children –three sons and one daughter. The couple raised their family in Wilmette and Kenilworth, Illinois and were parishioners of SS. Faith, Hope and Charity in Winnetka, Illinois since 1957. Mr. Wall was proud of the success that his children had and demanded excellence in their pursuit of lifetime goals. As the patriarch of the family, his children nicknamed him the Chief. In retirement he enjoyed golfing and traveling with his wife Marylou whom he dearly loved. He was very close to his sister, Frances, and in retirement lived a few blocks away from her. He counted as one of his closest friends, his wife's brother, Frank A. Connolly, Jr. He was very appreciative of the thoughtful care his daughter Marylouise proved in the couple's later years. He passed away peacefully while receiving care at Presence Maryhaven in Glenview. Surviving is his wife Marylou of Glenview, Illinois; sister, Frances Reynolds of Glenview, Illinois; sons, Robert (Sheryl) Wall of Kenilworth, Illinois; Frederick Wall of Chicago, Illinois; and Stephen Wall of Jacksonville, Florida; and daughter Marylouise (Peter) Mayer of Lake Bluff, Illinois; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Madeleine, Margot, Jack, Greta and Ingrid and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660. Funeral services were private. The family would appreciate any online condolences at www.donnellanfuneral.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20, 2018
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