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On the evening of July 30, at 5:35 pm, Robert Glenn Warner breathed his last breath on Earth before assuming his rightful position in Heaven. For those who knew and loved Robert, we knew that "Bob" was his preferred moniker. While his life was definitely not void of pain and consternation, he did have many bright spots in his 83 years of existence. He was married to the love of his life, Helen, for 50 years before she passed away in 2005. In March of 2010 Bob realized his lifelong dream of writing a book complete with an ISBN number and a spot in the Library of Congress. The book, "Fireflies and Other Things Light…And Special Tributes" was a culmination of years of hard work and late night inspirations as he exercised a gift so few of us possess. His knack for capturing the moment with a word picture, or a simple Haiku, was evident throughout his entire book. But the book is just part of the story; the real story is the passion he felt for life, loved-ones, and doing the right thing. Bob fought in Korea from 1950 to 1952 before returning home to the states to marry his middle-school sweetheart, Helen Grattelo. Bob was a great provider-often working two jobs-a great husband to Helen, and a great father to his four children. He worked primarily as a printer with Sundberg Printers for the better part of twenty years while attending night classes at Rock Valley College. Bob's life was all about putting others' first and giving you the shirt off his back if need be. This was never more evident than the last seven years of Helen's life as he tended to her every need as she lie there legless until her passing. After selflessly giving everything to those he loved, and even strangers at times, he finally got to fulfill some of his own wishes and desires. In 2014 he went on the bucket-list-trip-of-a-lifetime as he went to Sequoia National Park, in California, to see the great General Sherman in all its glory. His passing is not to be mourned but rather his life is to be celebrated for all the love, joy, and inspiration he brought to so many people.

He is predeceased by his father Glenn Laverne Warner, and his mother Marion (Manson) Warner-Johnson; two sisters Joan and Sandy; brother, Thomas Johnson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his four children, Linda Warner, Richard Warner, Laurie Thomas, and Tom (Cathy) Warner. His grand-children include Nellie, Ashley, Jenna, Carolyn, Jimmy, Melissa, Matthew, and Jason while his great-grand children, nieces, and nephews, number more than twenty five.

Funeral Service will be held on August 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave, Rockford. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the chapel.

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  1. Jerry Morey

    Tom, Cathy, and Carolyn, Joe, Melissa, Pedro, Matthew, Brittany; My condolences to you and everyone for the passing of Bob. Although I didn't know him well personally, he was an important presence in your lives. I acknowledge who he was for you and who you got to be for him. Love you all.

  2. Laurie Thomas

    Hi Dad. I enjoyed our coffee breaks from Mcdonalds. We also shared a few child like giggles. I know you worked hard to supply the families needs and we appreciate you. God Bless you and mom up in heaven! Xxooxxoo

  3. Nicki Flaningam

    Tom, Cathy and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you all.

  4. margaret morey

    I will miss the evenings we shared this past year,Bob.I'll miss us singing our favorite Oldies, and you sharing the poems you wrote.I'll miss our reading God's Word and devotions together.I'll miss your friendship,farewell, 'till we all meet again.

  5. Joe and Kris Musialek

    Tom ,Kathy and family. So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he had an amazing life,and you hel o ed him through when he needed it most. Thinking of you and your family, love you♡

  6. Steele

    So sorry to hear this. Hugs and prayers to the family.

  7. Joan Coward

    I worked with Helen at Camcar for years and through her I met Bob. What a loving man he was to her. Prayers to all of you .

  8. Kim Lorenz Early

    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your Dad and Mom when I was growing up. Sending hugs to you all. R.I.P. Mr. Warner. 😢😢

  9. Stephanie

    He was such a special man and true spirit. I only got to know him for a short time, but he left a lasting impression. Rest Peacefully Grandpa Bob.

  10. Cathie and Greg Rose

    As Ashley's mother and papa in law we know he was greatly loved and loving.

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