Robert Bern passed a way in 1966 in a car wreck.
James C LeMasters,Sr. (LeMasters)
Bob Bern, You were the first one I tried to hook up with when I got back from Vietnam in 1967. I could not, I really could not believe you were gone! And I was looking forward to all the New's you would have about how it went in 10th grade, and forward, I so wanted to compete with, and against you for the Fullback position on the GHS Football Team, and to play beside you my friend, I still miss you........ I still have video of you in my mind, the football games we play for Lombard! Or, when my family moved, and I had to Play for Churchill in my 9th grade year, against you, and my dear Lombard Team friends, but we honored each other in, and during that 1963 Game at Lombard, you scored the only point to be made, going through me, and Jerry Cato to do it, we stopped you the first time up the middle, but not the second time! We shook hands and patted each other on the back, and swore we would play next time, together on the Galesburg High School Football Team, you and me, GHS Football! Who would have guessed the fickle finger of life, that you would not, and I would not, and leave the field right open for Jerry Cato..................Karma? Of all the People I have known, loved, and not liked so much-you were for sure "One" of a kind! Bob, you were a great friend, so much so, I enjoyed knowing you, going to school with you, just everything......You were So Physicaly Strong, like Hercules! I knew no other who had your strength of muscle, NO one, not even upper classmen messed with you for that very reason, but also for one other-You were a Teddy Bear of Kindness, and respect for other's, your gift's of natural being, made you such a great and nice guy, a friend! Take Care Bob, RIP Buddy, Sincerely, Jim LeMasters :) :)
Fred L Harris
SNAKE was an amazing athlete. Any one winning the 100 yard dash AND the shot put in a Track Meet would have to be. My Dad and I went to the Drive to see a James Bond Movie and Bob stopped by and talked to us. My Dad was impressed. Bob died less than 100 yards from our cabin on the Kiethsburg Black top. He was a really great guy.
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