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Robert Blessing Obituary (1947 – 2022) – Naperville, IL

Robert Thomas Blessing passed away June 1, 2022, age 74, born June 29, 1947. A Naperville, IL resident, Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Gail Elaine (nee. Singletary) Blessing and niece, Megan Leigh Blessing . He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Lilian (nee. Courter) Blessing and brother, William Terrance Blessing of Little Falls, NJ. A native of New Jersey, he graduated Bloomfield Senior High in 1965, attended Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where he met his wife-to-be while studying for his BS in Industrial Tech. Bob entered the insurance field in 1970 employed by Industrial Risk Insurers, Houston, Texas. He held positions of field engineer, supervisor of field staff, and engineer-in-charge of accounts for the Texas-Louisiana district. Bob especially enjoyed managing the Goodyear Blimp account while there. Bob and Gail married in Houston on July 3, 1971. In 1976 Bob was offered a position in the Fire Engineering Dept. of Rollins Burdick Hunter, Multinational Insurance Brokers. This was his goal; he relished the opportunity to broker, negotiate property insurance coverages, and monitor insurers’ loss control services programs. From 1983-86 he served as manager of the Engineering and HPR Property Marketing Dept. Dedicated and highly regarded for his HPR expertise and knowledge of the semiconductor industry, Bob enjoyed a successful and challenging career spanning over four decades in the Chicago insurance community. Though retired, he currently held a Senior Property Consultant position with ZURICH. When not engaged in insurance, Bob enjoyed SEC Football, especially when the LSU Tigers played. He also delighted in spirited discussions on any subject—politics included! He usually played devil’s advocate as he often did with his dad in their nightly discussions of the daily news. Bob is lovingly remembered as a devoted husband and friend to all-a proud gregarious Irishman facing life with humor and positivity! Services were private but memories and condolences are welcomed on the website of Friedrich-Jones & Overman-Jones Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 44 S Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60540, (630) 355-0213.

Published by Naperville Sun on Jul. 3, 2022.

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