Robert H. Reber
April 23, 1934 – June 6, 2021
Robert Harold Reber, 87, of Crystal Lake, IL died on June 6th at Revere Court Memory Care. He was born on April 23, 1934 to the late Harold and Catherine Mae Resh Reber in Rockford, IL.
He first lived in Egan, Illinois and attended Seward grade school until moving to Winnebago where he graduated from Winnebago High School in 1952. He graduated from Bradley University in 1956 with his Bachelors degree and graduated from Northern Illinois University with his Masters degree.
In 1957 he married Donna, his loving wife for over 63 years. He began his teaching career in Wyoming, IL and after three years, moved to Crystal Lake Central High School where he was a loved and respected teacher of American History and Economics for over 30 years before retiring in 1991. He was the voice of CLCHS basketball and football where he was the announcer for several years. He loved teaching and interactions with his colleagues and students, many of whom became long-time friends. In addition to teaching, he was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Crystal Lake where he served in multiple capacities including church president and Sunday school superintendent.
Bob loved spending time with his family and was very proud of his children, their spouses and grandchildren. He took great joy in family gatherings and made many memories at his lake house in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He showed his love for his grandchildren by turning into the “Gripper” who would hug the children tightly until they collapsed in laughter. Also known as “Farmer Bob”, he was a prolific gardener and loved to share his vegetables with friends and family. During summer breaks he designed and built numerous home improvement projects over the years. He was a lifelong learner, attending several interesting Elderhostels across the country. He loved to travel and often spent winters in Florida and Arizona. He generously volunteered at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry for over two decades. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks, especially when they were winning.
Survivors include his wife Donna and their children, Shari (Pat) Daw, Brian (Rebecca), three grandchildren, Kate (Jordan) DeGayner, Matt Daw and Meredith Reber and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roger and Paula Sass and cousins, nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his sister (Joyce), father, mother and step-mother, Sylvia Reber.
There will be a gathering from 2pm until the 3pm Memorial Service on Sunday, July 18 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 485 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake.
Burial was private at Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery in Pecatonica, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 485 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
- Harold Reber, Father (deceased)
- Catherine Mae Resh Reber, Mother (deceased)
- Donna Reber, Wife
- Shari Daw (Pat), Daughter
- Brian Reber (Rebecca), Son
- Kate DeGayner (Jordan), Granddaughter
- Matt Daw, Grandson
- Meredith Reber, Granddaughter
- Roger Sass, Brother-in-law
- Paula Sass, Sister-in-law
- Joyce, Sister (deceased)
- Sylvia Reber, Step-Mother (deceased)
- Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
485 Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Robert H. Reber
June 12, 2021
We were very saddened to learn of Bob’s passing and we extend heartfelt condolences to you all.
My family and I had the very good fortune of having Bob and you as next-door neighbors since 1975. We could not have had better neighbors. As a young couple raising our children, my late wife Jody, and I felt an added measure of security knowing that Bob and his family were right next door. Bob will be missed and the neighborhood won’t be the same.
As to memories of Bob, I found him to be kind, patient, friendly, intelligent, unpretentious, caring and generous. He had a good sense of humor and was a devoted husband and family man.
I also remember the time Bob and Brian saved our dining room window from being obliterated by a large swinging tree limb that I had chain-sawed from a tree behind our house. I had planned to single-handedly lower it to the ground by use of a long rope strategically tied for that purpose. But the laws of gravity and the weight of the limb got the better of me. I still don’t understand how Brian and Bob got to my aid so quickly. In my embarrassed state, I thanked them both profusely and I especially appreciated that Bob and Brian both refrained from ridiculing or joking about my lumberjacking abilities.
I have many other memories of Bob, including his annual knock on our front door to deliver Christmas cookies; his sharing of herbs and produce from his garden, and firewood from his stack; the gift of extra rhubarb plants he had, which still present us with a crop every spring; and the way Bob tended and grew the most beautiful flower garden, which brightened up the whole neighborhood.
Most of all, I will remember Bob’s friendly back yard hello’s and neighborly conversations and advice. For all of my memories of Bob, and the opportunity to have known and had such a special man as our neighbor for so many years, I am blessed and grateful.
May your memories of Bob help comfort you through this time of grief and bring you joy in the future.
June 8, 2021
It was always fun to work with Bob at Central High School. He had a wonderful sense of humor which showed itself frequently.