GRAYSLAKE - O. Robert Swensen, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 30, 2021. "Bob" as he was known to his family and friends is survived by his beautiful bride of 67 years, Joann (Jonie); sister, Grace Marie; daughters, Debra (Tom) Muller, Donna (Mark) Jacobs, Dawn (Jon) Marquardt and Nancy (Jonathan) Guhl; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Esther Swensen and grandson, Andrew Jacobs. Bob was born on June 1, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to a family who loved the Lord. He was committed and involved at all the churches he attended, Salem EV Free Church in Chicago, Winnetka Bible Church, Our Savior EV Free Church, Wheeling and most recently The Chapel, Mundelein. Bob accepted the Lord as his Savior as a young boy at camp. He made the decision to follow God wholeheartedly when he was a young father with three small children after listening to the Scottish Men's Chorus sing 'I want my life to tell for Jesus.' Throughout his life, he served the Lord faithfully. He taught Sunday School, AWANA Clubs and served on various church boards and at Lydia Children's Home. He was an elder and deacon, and he and Jonie visited those who were sick and in the hospital. He loved welcoming newcomers to church and having people over to their home. Bob was a bricklayer by trade and began his apprenticeship out of high school. He loved to sing and encourage others while they worked. He did some building for different mission organizations in Switzerland and Trinidad. He also enjoyed sports and cheered for the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls. Bob loved his 'bride' Jonie whom he met at Schurz High School in Chicago. They were married on June 1, 1953. He loved dearly his girls, their husbands, his grandchildren and their spouses, and every one of his great-grandchildren. He received great pleasure in watching them in all of their activities like sports and school musical programs. He loved spending time with his family in person or on FaceTime. An Easter Sunday memorial service is planned this afternoon in Florida. An Illinois service will be scheduled at a later date. We praise God for this wonderful man and the Godly heritage he has left behind.
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Bob was a Godly man who set the example for all his extended family. He was the patriarch of our families. Our fathers had passed away and he stepped into the void they had left. He took me to Awana as a child .As an adult, He visited me numerous times at the hospital and at home as I recovered. He and Jonie also did the same for my mother before she died i too. Always kind and gracious with a ready prayer before he left. I was blessed to have him in my life.
April 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember Bob and you Joni when I first attended Our Savior. He was so welcoming and enthusiastic. One of the reasons I stayed to worship for all these years. We missed you so much when you moved.