Bob was born May 13, 1927 in St. Louis, MO, the only child of Herman and Phyllis (Grossius) Prasse. He died Thursday, June 28, 2012, of congestive heart failure.
He graduated from Hirsch High School in Chicago in 1944 and soon after joined the US Navy, where he served in the Pacific Theater.
Bob married his wife of more than 60 years, Darlene M. (Ahrens) Prasse in 1951, and together they had three children: Marliss, Brad (Leah) and Craig (Bonnie).
In 1955, Bob received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He excelled during his professional career as a sales engineer, retiring in 1988 from the Westinghouse Corporation.
Bob leaves eight grandchildren: Elliott and Carter Prasse-Freeman (Ashley), Heather (Kevin) Debelak, Ashley and Kyle Prasse, and Garrett, Alyssa, and Keara Prasse. He is also survived by his wife’s sister and brother in law, Susan and Robert Giltmier, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Sailing was truly one of Bob’s greatest joys. Bob and Darlene bought a sailboat in 1976 and spent many happy weekends sailing Lake Geneva (WI) with friends and family.
Another great passion of Bob’s was travel. Summer vacations involved trailering a pop-up camper to National and State Parks. By the time the kids had finished high school, the family had vacationed in 47 of the 50 states. Bob and Darlene began traveling internationally in the 1960s, and loved discovering new sites, cuisines, and cultures.
Wherever they traveled, they returned home with an address book filled with the names of new friends they’d made along the way.
Bob was a man of great faith, and actively lived out this faith by instituting a PADS program at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, and starting a Stephen’s Ministry Program at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McHenry. For Bob’s 80th Birthday, his friends honored his dedication to trying to be the helping hands of Jesus on earth, by raising funds for the Habitat for Humanity Program, one of Bob’s favorite charities. Bob touched the lives of many people through his hard work and compassionate pursuit of leaving the world a better place for future generations.
Bob loved life, loved to laugh and was a consummate joke-teller. The sound of his laughter was a joy to hear. We will miss him terribly.
Those wishing to do so may support the American Heart Association or Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry.
A memorial service at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry will be held on Saturday, July 7. A time to visit with the family will start at 10 am, with services beginning at 11am.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com.