Robert Peter Saar, former Vail resident, 1927-2008
Robert Peter “Bob” Saar, 80, passed away peacefully, Feb. 14, in Sarasota, Fla., at the Tidewell Hospice House, after a courageous fight against cancer. His wife, son and sister were at his bed side.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held March 1, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Downers Grove, 1047 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, Ill.
Born in Chicago, Bob graduated from Lane Tech High School. In 1946, he was accepted into the V-12 Naval Officer Training Program. In 1948, Bob received a bachelor of naval science degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.
Bob continued his education at the University of Illinois, Champaign, graduating in 1948 with a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree. During his college years, Bob was a member of Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity and the Pi Tau Sigma Honorary fraternity.
Bob spent 30 years at Henry Pratt Company where he designed large butterfly and ball valves for electric power plants and sewage and water district systems. He was in charge of research and development, serving as vice president of engineering for several years and received several patents during his time with the company.
In June of 1948, Bob married Lois Talcott. They were together until her death in 1968. In 1969, Bob married Karen Fichtel-Storry. They raised seven children: sons Robert T. Saar and Martin Saar, and daughters Sandy Saar Garza, Sharon Saar, Pam Saar Buyck, Jeanine Storry Meyer and Michelle Storry Braaten. They have 15 grandchildren.
Bob had one sister, Dorothy Strenk.
Bob was a director of Downers Grove National Bank since 1972. He was very instrumental in the building of the Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove.
In his youth, Bob excelled at many athletic activities including weightlifting, waterskiing, golden gloves boxing, roller skating, football, racket ball and track and field.
During retirement, Bob spent many happy years near Vail, where he was involved with the Vail Club 50. He was an avid cyclist, hiker, skier, snowshoer, golfer and tennis player. He had to leave his beloved mountains in Sept. 2007 because of health reasons. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486/mesothelioma Research: http://www.mdanderson.org/gifts. 1-800-525-5841.
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