Robert Mervine
1946 - 2019
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Robert Arthur Mervine

Born: August 2, 1946

Died: November 21, 2019

Robert (Bob) Arthur Mervine, 73, of Countryside, Illinois, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on November 21, 2019.

He was born to parents Lloyd Arthur Mervine and Mary Jean Mervine on August 2, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bob graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1964. He received a BA from Illinois State University and a Master's in Mathematics from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Bob worked as a high school math teacher and baseball/soccer coach at LTHS. He will be remembered for his service in activities Operation Snowball, scorekeeper/statistician/bus driver for multiple sports teams and tutoring many students. After 35 years of service, Bob retired from LTHS. In retirement, Bob continued his tenure at First Student Bus Company.

Bob was an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor, Wood Badge Member, Silver Beaver Award Recipient and Camp Staff Member at Camp Delevan. He was a Young Life Leader and leader in the YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses. Bob was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church of Western Springs where he was involved in the high school youth ministry, church treasurer and council board member.

Bob married Paulette Hall on August 16, 1970 in Fairbury, Illinois. Together they raised two children: Jeannette Marie and Paul Arthur. They were married for 40 years and divorced in 2010.

Bob was a loving brother to Craig (Sharon) Mervine, Bege (Denny) Wiegman, Jeanne (Cheryl Dykstra) Mervine; a proud father of Jeannette (Jay) Breimhorst and Paul Mervine; and devoted Grandpop of Jacob Mervine, Reid and Gabe Breimhorst. Bob also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Jean Mervine; his infant daughters Marianne and Amy Jo Mervine; beloved aunt, Judy Lawson; niece, Laurel Jean Mervine; and nephew, Luke James Wiegman.

A Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 2pm at St. James Lutheran Church, 5129 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558.

Guest may greet the family one hour before the service. A reception will follow at St. James Lutheran Church. Pastor Bege Wiegman will officiate the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob's name can be made to either the NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) Scholarship fund of Boy Scouts of America at (please make sure to add "Memorial made in honor of Bob Mervine" in the "Note" section) or to the Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue at

Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside at 708-352-6500 or

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Dec. 5, 2019.
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December 14, 2019
I was in Bob's first class at LT. He was a great teacher and coach, so dedicated to helping young people. He gave of himself in so many ways. What a great man of God. My thoughts and prayers for the family- I know he will be missed and fondly remembered by many.
Randy Wiersma
December 12, 2019
Bob positively changed the lives of thousands of people through teaching, coaching and Scouting, including mine, through patience, humor and a strong desire to pass on his knowledge. He was a kind and gentle man who for a lifetime helped others be the best that they could be. I will miss Bob. I pray for peace and comfort for his family.
Tom Bennington
December 9, 2019
Bob Mervin, teacher, husband, father and grandpop will be sadly missed. In retirement he offereded his time tutoring special ed kids who were thought to be at risk of falling behind. He was a humble man who inspired many. Condolences to his family and many friends in the community that he served for many many years.
patricia sup
December 9, 2019
First, you were my camp counselor at Camp Delavan. You took me to the doctor in the town of Delavan to stitch up my cut finger. After that, we became life long friends. I will miss you.

steven rusch
December 5, 2019
Bob taught my husband John then many years later drove the bus for our daughters teams at LT. He was a wonderful man. Prayers of comfort and peace. The Keeve Family
Meg Keeve
December 2, 2019
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return our loved ones who passed away in death . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
November 27, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Sally & Becky
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