Robert K. McNamara of Palatine Prayers will be said for Robert K. McNamara, 79, at 9:30 a.m. Monday, at the Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Mass will follow at 10 a.m., at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Palatine. Born Aug. 13, 1923, in Maysville, Ky., the son of Eugene and Helen McNamara, he passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob graduated from Dixon High School. He valiantly served his country during World War II as a staff sergeant in the Army, stationed in the European Theatre with the 377th Infantry Division. Bob attended Cornell College and graduated in 1949 from Bradley University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He then went on to a successful career in management within engineering services with Soreng/Singer Controls with 38 years of service. In retirement, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and pursuing his hobbies of gardening, golf, reading mystery novels and travel. He was the loving husband for more than 50 years of Dorothy (nee Taliano); loving father of Debra Miel of Palatine, Kevin (Audrey) of Crystal Lake, Joan Deichstetter of Lake Zurich, Barbara McNamara of Palatine, Brian (Elizabeth) of Gurnee and Nancy (Andrew) Levers of St. Charles; and proud grandfather of Meghan, Emily, Steven, Caitlin, Meara, Nicholas, Lucas and Zachary. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Eugene John "Mac" Jr. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Masses are appreciated or memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Friends may visit www.dailyherald.com/obits to express condolences and sign the guest book. For more funeral information, (847)358-7411.
Published in Daily Herald from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2002.