Robert Benjamin Shallenberger
Peterson-Bassi Chapels - Chicago
6938 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL
Robert Benjamin "Bob" Shallenberger, 97, a 60-year resident of Oak Park and River Forest, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. Bob Shallenberger was born in Ames, Iowa, on December 30, 1923, son to the late Larsh B. Shallenberger and Amy V.C. Shallenberger (née Benjamin) and brother to the late Ruth L. McCornack (née Shallenberger), David B. "Buzz" Shallenberger, and Raymond M. Shallenberger. The family moved to Englewood in 1927, and Bob attended Lindblom High School, where he went by the nickname "Red," won the marimba state championship, played the cornet and xylophone, and graduated at age 14, the shortest person in his class. In 1942, he joined the service and, thanks to his skill as a typist, was recruited to the codebreaking team at the Office of Strategic Services, with whom he served in China through the end of World War II. After the war, he earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Southern California. As a business and drivers' education teacher at Foreman High School, he was known for getting to work so early all the lights weren't on, and worked other odd jobs part-time to support his family. He was a proud member of the Chicago Teachers Union and for the rest of his life he was grateful for the middle-class life it built. Bob was a devoted husband to the late Betty Lois Shallenberger, née Groark. They met at a Catholic singles dance in 1951; after he walked her home, he asked for her phone number, and she told him to look it up in the phone book. He did, and they were married for 52 years, until she passed away in 2004. He was a loving father to Roberta Shallenberger (Paul R. Lynch), Thomas M. Shallenberger (Kristin Nystedt), and Susan Shallenberger (Timothy F. Conway), and grandfather to Daniel P. Lynch (Lana Lynch), Michael R. Lynch, Madeline R. Conway, Grace E. Conway, and Julia S. Conway. Later in life, Bob was known to describe himself, to friends and strangers alike, as "so fortunate" for having such a loving family, but his family knew they were really the fortunate ones, to have so much time with him. Raised during the Depression, he was a frugal and more than occasionally stubborn but fundamentally generous person, and he held a lifelong, deep respect for Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his commitment to the working man (he maintained Harry Truman was second-best, and historically underappreciated). In retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Betty, making his grandchildren basted eggs, besting his friends at Bridge, and ordering vodka gimlets, heavy on the lime juice. He volunteered as a math tutor for local fifth graders for as long as his hearing allowed it, and shared his investment advice with anyone who would listen. Bob is survived by his children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, at Saint Giles Catholic Parish in Oak Park. The family would like to express their thanks for the help and care given by Brookdale Oak Park. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to Misericordia Heart of Mercy and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family at Peterson-Bassi Chapels in Chicago.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Nov. 24, 2021.
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Growing up on Forest Avenue I remember your dad as being nice. All the best to you all.
Jayne Gould
December 15, 2021
My sympathy and prayers go out to Bob's family. He was a wonderful man and member of St. Luke parish. He will be missed.
Rev. John Szmyd
December 3, 2021
May Bob Rest in Peace knowing our Roth IRA's are secure and growing - tax free! Thank you for your service to one of the greats from the "the Greatest Generation".
Mark Roche
December 2, 2021

Sorry to hear about your dads passing - what a great story of life with meaning - the life your dad led for you- your family and anyone he came into contact with. RIP
Michael Nelson
November 30, 2021
Louise Lynch/Peter Lloyddavies
November 27, 2021
Bridie Hickman and I had the honor of ushering at St. Luke with Robert as well with his dear friends, John McParland and Les Brettman. We celebrated birthdays together at brunches after mass, and I loved listening to Robert praise his family and talk about their many accomplishments. He was generous, kind, and always willing to volunteer to help others. Some of my special memories involve watching him collect for Misericordia Candy Days over the years wearing his WWII hat! His collection can was quickly filled many times over. He will be missed by so many of us. Rest in peace Robert.
Cynthia Maroon
November 27, 2021
Tom, Roberta, and Susan, I send my deepest condolences. I always felt like your dad was part of my family. He was one of my father´s closest friends and confidants. They, Les and Joe sure had a good time together! Your dad shared many stories about your journeys and accomplishments and those of his grandchildren. He was so proud of his family. I hope the wonderful memories you have will help to ease your grief. With sincere sympathy, Shaun McParland Baldwin
Shaun McParland Baldwin
November 26, 2021
From all the Georgia Shallenbergers, our deepest condolences to Roberta, Tom, Susan, and their families. Bob was incredibly special and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Dave Shallenberger
November 24, 2021
I knew Bob from my childhood and again in recent decades. He was always upbeat and friendly, exhibiting a quick wit and nimble intelligence, even as a nonagenarian. He enjoyed engaging with others. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to all of his family.
Bryan Schultz, M.D.
November 24, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mr. Shallenberger, also known as Mr. Shall, would come to volunteer his time at Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park. He wanted all the kids to succeed and he was part of the team to help them. Mr. Shall will be forever in our hearts. He was very generous to help families financially struggling at times—they were so grateful. He was recruited by Mr. Mc Parland to come and help. He joined the volunteer team of “Mr. Mac, Mr. Shall and Mr. Z”. May they all Rest In Peace ❤.
Sacred Heart School Family
November 24, 2021
Roberta and family,
I heard so much about your dad over the years but never got the opportunity to meet him. Sounds like he was a card! Lol. I know you will miss him terribly. Love, Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
November 24, 2021
Our sympathy and special prayers for Bob and all his family and friends.
Sr. Rosemary & the Residents of Misericordia Home
November 23, 2021
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