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Obituary for Robert Doetsch (1955 – 2022) – Highland Park, IL

Robert John Doetsch, Jr. (Bobby) passed away on January 7, 2022 at his home in Lake Bluff, IL. He was born on February 10, 1955 to the late Robert and Margaret (née Hlavacek) Doetsch in Evanston, IL. Spending his childhood years in Wilmette, IL and Bannockburn, IL, he grew up in a time where you played outside all day and came home for dinner when you heard Mom ring the bell. He has lived in Lake Bluff, IL for over 40 years. Bobby was the loving husband of Kym (née Seaverns); proud father of Belle, Robert (Caitlyn) and Rose Bud; grandfather to Josie and Lincoln Harlow and Bella and Evan Strezo; brother of Thomas (Peggy) and Theresa (John) Newhouse; He is survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws, co-workers and friends. After graduating from Deerfield High School, Bobby began his lifelong career with Doetsch Bros. Co. in the excavation business and became part of a long family tradition dating back to his grandfather and great-uncle in 1912 and continued today with his children Belle and Robert. Bobby had a good sense of humor and a keen power of observation which he used with ease to annoy the unsuspecting recipient. He answered many names of those who loved him: Bosco, Boskie, Dad and Papa are just a few. Bobby will be remembered by his family and friends for thoughtful gifts (Bulls Eyes candy), his ability to be there with a chainsaw, snowplow or tractor if needed, and his parties after the Fourth of July parade. He had a soft spot in his heart for the menagerie of furry friends he and Kym shared (or inherited!). Bobby’s main cheerleader and life support was his beloved wife, Kym. Together they went on road trips and motorbike rides, enjoying their children’s achievements in art, business and rock ‘n’ roll. They maintained their happy home and manicured yard, kept the birdhouses stocked, and spent summers boating on the Sand Dollar. For Bobby and Kym, life was one big adventure! A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Elawa Farm, Lake Forest, IL. For information or directions please contact Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home at 847-831-4260 or www.kelleyspaldingfuneralhome.com

Published by Chicago Tribune on January 16, 2022.

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