Robert Hussey
CHARLESTON - Robert W. "Bob" Hussey, age 89 of Charleston, passed away in the comfort of his home on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church located at 921 Madison Avenue in Charleston with the Praying of the Rosary at 7:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Father John Titus presiding. Inurnment with Military Rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his honor may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, LaLeche League, Right to Life or to the E.I.U. Foundation. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the Visitation or Funeral Mass or may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920. Robert W. Hussey was born July 14, 1922 in Appleton, Wisconsin, a son of the late William and Regina (Farrell) Hussey. He married Laura M. Laurion on December 27, 1950 and they have celebrated nearly sixty-one years of marriage and friendship. Surviving are his loving wife Laura of Charleston; seven loving and devoted children, Dan Hussey and wife Judy of Carlinville, Illinois, Pat Hussey and wife Maria of Bradenton, Florida, Kevin Hussey and wife Kathryn of Charleston, Kelly Hussey and wife Gail of Morris, Illinois, Tom Hussey and wife Sue of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Kathleen Hussey of Colfax, Illinois and Erin Hussey and husband Tony Batya of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; twenty grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, John Hussey and wife Mary of Green Bay, Wisconsin; a sister, Patricia Hussey of Brookfield, Wisconsin; a sister-in-law, Nancy Hussey of Appleton and several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Wargo; two brothers, Farrell Hussey and Dave Hussey; and two sisters, Janell Brum and Maureen Hussey. Following high school Bob went to work as a lineman for the Bell Telephone Company. In April of 1942, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and courageously and bravely served his country during World War II as a member of the 439th Troop Carrier Group 91st Squadron. Following his military service he enrolled at LaCrosse State Teachers College in Wisconsin where he received his Bachelors degree. He continued his education at Michigan State University in East Lansing where he attained his Masters degree and in 1963 received his Doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He taught and coached at Washingon Jr. High School in Racine, Wisconsin and at Manistique High School in Michigan before accepting a position at Eastern Illinois University. At EIU he was a Physical Education Professor, an assistant coach for the football and soccer programs, head gymnastics coach as well as the women's badminton coach. Bob was a devoted and faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4024. His memberships also included the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592, Mattoon American Legion Post #88, the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as well as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Bob believed in physical fitness and led an active lifestyle which included bicycling, playing badminton and table tennis, enjoying long memorable walks with Laura and square dancing - both as a dancer and a caller. Bob had mastered the art of juggling and through his instruction the rest of his family (including his grandchildren) did as well. He also enjoyed traveling and experiencing different scenic locations while appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Bob was a man whose Christian values created a wonderful role model for his family - he led by example and his abundant love and affection for them was steadfast. He was a kind and gentle man of good character who provided a true friend for many. Knowing Bob was a blessing and the many fond memories will serve as comforting reminders of what a positive impact he made upon the lives of his family, students, colleagues and friends. Bob's memorial website is available at where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries.
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Dr. Hussey, you were a great teacher and a greater human being. My family's prayers are with your family. May God grant them comfort at your passing.
Herbert Lattimore
November 30, 2011
Dr Hussey was an excellent role model. Starting my morning with badminton and getting to play against him once in a while and ending the evening with him calling a good square dance. He had the market cornered on enthusiasm and energy and will live on in my favorite memories of the college years at EIU class of 78.
Byron Birkner
November 28, 2011
Dear Hussey family - I just heard about Dr. Hussey's passing from my sister, Kay, who heard from Carol Schramm. There is a huge group of Pana, IL, people and old badminton players grieving with you. Dr. Hussey was famous for that "I enjoyed that match, thanks!" After he had run us all over the court. Always with a big smile. I have great memories of my 2 years at EIU - on the team and at the early morning club. What a wonderful man and coach - and family you all are. With love and prayers. Marcia (Metzger) Silkensen
November 26, 2011
I knew Bob as his student and later as a colleague. It was a pleasure seeing Bobs enthusiasm and smiling face. He will be missed by all who knew him. We will keep you all in our prayers. Dan and Karen Bolin
Dan Bolin
November 25, 2011
Dan Bolin
November 25, 2011
Dear Hussey Family,
We are sad to hear the news. We've been neighbors for the past twenty-some years. He was very kind to us. He was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

-Sarina Sun, Rick Winkler, Ashley Chiu
Sarina Sun
November 25, 2011
Dear Hussey Family, What a wonderful life this great man had! His family is his legacy. Dr. Hussey was one of my professors in grad school at EIU. I have no doubt there is great celebration as he is welcomed by his Lord and Saviour. Today I am thankful for having known him and his family.
As I keep you in my prayers, these words come to mind, "Well done my good and faithful servant." Peace.
Diana (Dee) Lenzi (Tuscola, IL)
Diana Lenzi
November 24, 2011
To the Hussey Family,
I was very saddened to hear the news. Dr. Hussey was a wonderful teacher, coach, and person. I will always remember the great times at badminton and how he encouraged all of us to do our best. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mary Cothern
November 23, 2011
Dear family members of the Beloved Dr. Hussey,
I heard of Dr. Hussey's passing late last night and certainly want to convey my condolences to each of you. To say Dr. Hussey was an inspiration to anyone who knew him just doesn't seem to do justice. It was absolutely obvious that he was a Christian man...a true witness of Christ in the manner in which he taught, coached, and simply the daily activities that he followed.
It is most likely going to be impossible for me to attend the visitation and/or funeral, but my thoughts and prayers for the family and countless friends will be there in spirit.
Many thanks to God for allowing this fine man to positively influence literally thousands of lives during his lifespan.
Love and Prayers for each of you,
Carol Schramm
Carol Schramm
November 23, 2011
To the Hussey Family, We are so sorry to hear the sad news...our thoughts and prayers will be with you all...may your memories help you through this difficult time...The Whalen Family
Con and Mary Lynn Whalen
November 23, 2011
To the Hussey Family,

I met Dr. Hussey while taking his Kinesiology class at EIU in the 70's. From the time you walked into his class, you knew he would be an awesome professor. He truly cared about his students & made learning fun. You wanted to go his class because he was so full of energy & knowledge. Dr. Hussey challenged me to the fullest & I always had & will continue to hold in my heart the utmost respect for him.

My thoughts & prayers go out to his entire family. Dr. Hussey will always remain close to my heart.
Sue (Maas) Peadro
November 22, 2011
I had Mr. Bob Hussey while in master school at EIU. I was truely amazed at his love for physical education!! Charleston has truely been blessed for having Bob Hussey in our community!! God Bless
Kathy Bess
November 22, 2011
Please accept my sympathy. Mr. Hussey was a wonderful man. I can remember seeing him, his wife, and his family filling up a church pew at 8am mass on Sunday. He always said "Hi" and had a kind word to say. Cathy Merigis Sorenson
November 22, 2011
To the Hussey family:

I never had the privilege of knowing Bob until we met as fellow members of the faculty at Eastern; but unbeknownst to both of us, our paths had crossed during World War II. Among the missions of his C-47 unit, the 439th Troop Carrier Group, 91st Squadron, was that of dropping paratroops and towing gliders for the airborne landings in Normandy, Holland, Southern France, and Germany. During the Southern France invasion, the 439th dropped troops just to the west of my unit's Drop Zone north of St. Tropez. In December 1944, it flew in badly needed supplies and medical personnel for the 101st Airborne Division when we were surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a friend and I shall miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time

Ken Hesler
November 22, 2011
Our heart felt condolences go out to the Hussey Family during their time of grief. Bob and Laura have long held a special place in my heart and always will. Bob's radiant smile always lifted the spirits of those around him.
Sheran & Al Benerth
November 22, 2011
I took a Square Dance class at EIU with Bob Hussey as the instructor and remember it as a fun time. I also remember the Hussey family from my time in Charleston and want them to know that they have my positive thoughts and prayers at this time. He was a great guy and will be missed. RIP
David Kent Coy
November 22, 2011
Hussey Family,
We didn't know Bob for a very long time, but we came to look forward to seeing him at church and especially at the "50+" lunches. We always looked forward to the March gathering because we knew we would hear some Irish jokes from Bob and sing some Irish songs with him. We will miss him.
Glenn & Vicki Richard
November 22, 2011
To the entire Hussey family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr. Hussey was such a wonderful man and was always quick with a smile and a kind word. You are blessed to have so many memories to remind you of all the happiness and good times shared with him. God bless.
Erin Whitley
November 22, 2011
My husband and I took square dance classes with Bob and had such a great time! We were proud to call Bob our friend; he was a good man, always had something positive to say. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Jan Faires
November 22, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
ira barrett
November 22, 2011
To all the Hussey family you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Bob will be greatly missed. Rick and Theresa Allen
November 22, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I was in Dr. Hussey's acro-imps class and remember fondly all the lessons learned from him.
Joe & Denise (Bennett) Adducci
November 22, 2011
I had just arrived on the EIU campus and was enrolled in a badminton class. After a few weeks, I decided to show up for the early morning badminton club to test my newly founded skills! That morning, Dr. Hussey gave me a lesson I'll never forget! He literally stood in the middle of the court and sprayed birdies all over as I exhausted myself chasing his precision shots all over the court. Needless to say, I walked in thinking I was hot stuff and left humbled by a white haired machine!

Dr. Hussey's energy and enthusiasm is something I'll never forget. God Bless this great man!
James Voyles
November 22, 2011
My memory of Dr Bob was and still is his badminton game! Now he is on the ultimate court and enjoying every minute of it! God Bless.
Phil Willis class of 85
Phil Willis
November 22, 2011
We send our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of Bob. He was one of the most energetic people we have ever seen and we learned so much from him when we took square dancing under his direction. He was fun to be around and one of the most sincere people we have ever met. Les and Kay Heath (Charleston, IL)
November 21, 2011
Dr. Hussey served as role model for many of us who were raised with the Hussey kids in the close confines of Buzzard Lab School. I'll remember him for his zest for life, his integrity and for instilling fitness as a way of life, for life. My condolences to Mrs. Hussey, Dan, Kevin and all of the Hussey clan.
Chris Pollard
November 21, 2011
We are grateful to have known Dr. Bob Hussey as a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. May God's grace be with his family. His was a life well lived!
Kevin & Kathy Lasley
November 21, 2011
"Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our Prayers are with all your family." Bob will be sorely missed. My daughter enjoyed Bob's enthusiasm, energy and love of youth during her particiaption in the acro-imps program at EIU. I am sure he is helping all the children do cart wheels in heaven! Anne and Caitlin Wend
Anne Wend
November 21, 2011
Hussey Family,
Bob will be missed by all members of the Charleston Knights of Columbus. Our prayers are with your family.
Glenn Richard
November 21, 2011
Kevin and family, so sorry for your loss. My kids loved having gymnastics with you and your father. Prayers to you and your family.
Meyer family
November 21, 2011
Our deepest sympathy on your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Sanders and family
November 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hussey Family.
Dr Hussey was the most enthusiastic Instructor I had at EIU.
I know today there is a Badminton tournament being planned in Heaven.
God Bless you Dr Hussey, we will miss your energy, your Joy of life and that booming laughter of yours.

Wayne E. Lockett
November 21, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Hussey family. God's peace and comfort be with you all.
The Pommier Family
Kathryn Pommier
November 21, 2011
Bob provided the consummate example of living a healthy lifestyle. We will miss seeing him walking or riding his bike all around Charleston, as well as his service to others. We wish the Hussey family the best at this time of loss and mourning.
Tony Oliver
November 21, 2011
Kathy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of your father, having been part of his early gymnastics study in the 1960s. He was a wonderfully encouraging and kind person.
I will be thinking of your family this Thanksgiving, especially as this timing exactly mirrors my father's death in 2007.
With sympathy,
Ruth Riegel
Ruth Riegel
November 21, 2011
Sorry for your loss!
Mike South
November 21, 2011
We send our regrets and thoughts to the entire family. Bob will be missed.
Dale and Debby Wolf
November 21, 2011