1931 - 2020
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Robert W. Given was born on July 18, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to Frederick and Mabel (nee Magoon) Given. He died Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Arlington Heights. Robert "Bob" married Norine on July 28, 1951. Their marriage lasted 66 years before her passing in 2018. Bob served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 until 1953 based in Mountain Home, Idaho, where his first two children were born. The young family moved back to Chicago where Bob was a sheet metal worker and attended night classes to earn an English degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He moved his family to Des Plaines where three more children were born, again attending night classes to earn a Master's degree in teaching from Northeastern University. He began his teaching career at St. Viator and was a founding teacher at John Hersey High School where he taught English for 25 years before retiring in 1993. Bob was an avid fisherman, racquetball player, and traveler. He made many friends who shared these interests. Bob was a lifelong learner, always reading and sharing what he had learned with family and friends. Bob is survived by his children, Michael, Given, Patricia Flosi (George), Julie Theros (George), Lynette Merkell (Kevin), Janine Steeves (Steve); his grandchildren, Michael B. (Christie) Given, Dana (Luke) Thomas, Kristin (Brian) Miller, Erin, and Caitlin Theros, Kayla and Larsen Merkell, Spencer and Jillian Steeves; his great-grandchildren, Quinten, Arianna, Delaney, and Michael Given Jr., and James Miller; and other members of his extended family. He is preceded in death by his wife, Norine (nee Mundorf); parents; and his adored granddaughter, Allison Flosi. Funeral services and interment were private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5710, or St. Mary Catholic Parish, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. Funeral information and condolences, or 847-253-0168.

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Published in Daily Herald on May 17, 2020.
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May 18, 2020
My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during these difficult times. I worked out with Bob at the Lattof YMCA Funseeker's for many years and have many fond memories of our friendship. We used to talk German to each other to keep in touch.
Charlie Beck
Charles Beck
May 17, 2020
I came to Hersey in 1975 and was introduced to Bob on the first day of new teacher orientation. He immediately made me feel welcome and supported. His easy-going manner and and genuine interest in knowing about my interests made my first years in 214 some of the most enjoyable and nurturing time for this young teacher. His quick wit and non-judgmental nature helped me through my first year of transition. I felt deeply honored when I was asked if I wanted to join the "old masters" poker nights, a good time, one I can still remember these many years later. Bob respected and supported each member of the Hersey family with consistent support. He was a fine, caring teacher and an truly honorable individual.
Dan McDonell
May 17, 2020
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Calling him a good man isn't an empty platitude. He was exactly that. Bob was unique in his unpretentious humility, sincerity, and wisdom. He became a teacher after years of working as a tradesman, and as a teacher, he valued deeply his profession and the content he taught his students. He was kind, gentle, and generous, and possessed a sharp and wry wit, and a love of the language in which he imparted it. Self-deprecating humor and clever quips were his trademarks. There was a quiet certitude in the faith and love that defined his life, and a modest but grateful satisfaction with how he lived it. Rest in Peace Bob. This world could use more people like you. Bob will be missed, but remembered with love by the many fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by him.
Chuck Venegoni
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