Robert “Bob” Weber II, 73, of Champaign passed away on July 16th. A visitation will be held at Holy Cross Parish from 5:00 to 8:00 on Friday, July 30th.
In accordance with his family’s wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial Mass will be at Holy Cross on Saturday, July 31st at 10:00. Immediately following the service, he will be buried at Grandview Memorial Gardens. There will be a luncheon at the parish center at approximately 12:30. This will be an opportunity for family and friends to share memories about Bob.
Bob was born on February 20,1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Bob and Jeanette Weber. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan, and four children, Rob (Teresa) of Suffolk, VA, Jason (Kris) of Wauwatosa, WI, Rebecca (Matt Mazur) of Wilder, VT and Kate of Rockville, MD, as well as 5 grandchildren.
Bob received his B.S. in Metallurgy from Iowa State University and his M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He worked for the Department of the Navy in Annapolis, MD for 3½ years before moving to Champaign in 1974 to work for the Army Engineer Research and Development Center full and then part-time for 42 years.
He was very involved in the community. He was a faithful member of the Champaign Urbana Jaycees as well as a Brother Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He loved the theater and was involved in over 70 productions with the Champaign Urbana Theater Company doing everything except directing, and served on their Board of Directors for 22 years. He also worked with both the Champaign and Urbana Park District theater programs and volunteered each year to provide sound and lighting expertise for the Toast of Champaign Sweet Adelines show. In 2020 he was honored to be named as one of the News Gazette’s “Best of the Decade”. A devout Catholic, he was an active member of Holy Cross parish since moving to Champaign, acting as a lector, acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, president of the school board, taking communion to shut-ins, and on the Pre-Cana and R.C.I.A. teams for many years.
He was a quite talented do-it-yourselfer, building his own two-story garage, remodeling rooms and enjoying carpentry. As his children moved into their own homes, he loved helping them with their own projects.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to either Holy Cross Parish or the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company.
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Holy Cross Catholic Church
403 West Clark, Champaign IL 61820
Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company
117 E. University Avenue A, Champaign IL 61820