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Robert B. Persinger, 95, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018. Born on September 29, 1923, in Wever, IA, he was the son of Charles and Lucille (Brinkman) Persinger. Bob lived in Revere, MO before moving to Marengo, IL, where he met and married Arlene Anthony on October 7, 1950. She predeceased him on June 30, 2016. Bob served with the 3rd Cavalry during WWII and commanded the first tank that liberated Ebensee Concentration Camp in Austria. In his later years he shared his story of Camp Ebensee with many students and organizations in Rockford and beyond. He was a member of the American Legion for many years, worked with the American Cancer Society, and volunteered his time driving veterans to Madison Veteran Hospital. Bob was a plant manager for All Rental Garment. He enjoyed playing golf, and wood turning.
Bob is survived by his children, Linda (Ron) Osikowicz, Peggy (Robert) Giannangeli, and Alan (Vicki) Persinger; and grandchildren, Steven, Jill, Nina, Marissa, Daniel & Eric.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Rd., Rockford with Reverend Jane Eesley officiating. Luncheon to follow. Burial with honors will be held prior to the service at 10:00 AM in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, IL 60077.

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  1. Valerie & Reeve

    Our deepest sympathies go to the Persinger family. May God grant your family comfort and peace with his guaranteed promised recorded in Isaiah 25:8

  2. Alberta T Woodrow

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Persinger family, Bob was my Boss when I worked at All Rental Garment, he was a hard working Boss, he will truly be missed, R...I...P..

  3. Paula Phipps

    I never knew Bob, but I did know Arlene. I was one of the nurses who cared for her at Swedes Cancer Center. She told me of her husband's group of soldiers liberating the camp in Austria, and how he went to the schools to tell his story. She was so very proud of him. Arlene was a wonderful person and it sounds like Bob was, too. May they Rest In Peace eternally.

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