The Reverend Robert Warskow, 89, Associate Pastor Emeritus of Glenview Community Church, died on the morning of September 14 at Glenbrook Hospital.
Reverend “Bob” served in the church from 1970 to 1995 under three senior pastors: Kenneth Nye, Robert Alward and Douglass Runnels.
“He was a very modest man. He was not a pompous man, he was very down to earth. He was more of a shepherd,” said one of Warskow’s three children, Susan Schroll of Glenview .
Born in Hartford, Michigan on October 10, 1932, Warskow attended Elmhurst College and Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
He was ordained on June 23, 1957 in the United Church of Christ. Warskow served in churches in Bippus, Indiana and St. Charles, Missouri, as well as Glenview Community.
Born the second of twins, Warskow was the fifth and final child born to Carl and Talitha Warskow.
He and his wife, the former Kathlyn Clavey, married on September 10, 1955 and were together for 67 years. Kathlyn, known as Kay, and the Reverend lived in Glenview near Flick Park.
Schroll recalled that his parents served as accompanists on trips, often overseas, with Glenview Community Church‘s children’s choir, the 90 Singing Stones. Joining them would be another Glenview couple, the late Ron and Sally Clonts. They married on the same day as the Warskows.
“Everyone who was in the choir at the time knew him as ‘Papa Bob,'” Schroll said.
The family recalled Warskow’s love of travel, reading mystery novels, spending time with family and friends, his Kiwanis activities and his love of golf.
“He called the Chick Evans Golf Course (in Morton Grove) his private club,” Schroll said. “He was always playing golf with a bunch of Bobs. They were all called Bob, so it was probably hard to tell who was next.”
The family also highlighted Warskow’s undying love for his wife.
Besides Kay, Reverend Warskow is survived by children Susan (Scott) Schroll, Lynn (Ken) May and Richard (Mary Jo). He had seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Jacob Pyle.
Services will be held at the Glenview Community Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24.
Memorials may be sent to the church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview, IL 60025.
“He was my father,” Schroll said, “but he was the father of many.”