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Dr. Robert Gieselman

August 3, 1932 -
September 12, 2015

Dr. Robert “Bob” Gieselman, 83, of Urbana, passed away at Carle Hospital on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
No formal services will be held. An open-house celebration of Bob’s life will take place at the home of Mark and Terri Wetzel, 407 London Way, Savoy on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Frie…read more

Dr. Robert “Bob” Gieselman, 83, of Urbana, passed away at Carle Hospital on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
No formal services will be held. An open-house celebration of Bob’s life will take place at the home of Mark and Terri Wetzel, 407 London Way, Savoy on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Friends are encouraged to attend and wear Bob’s favorite colors, Illini orange and blue.
Bob was born August 3, 1932, in Gibson County, IN to Ray and Hazel Collins Gieselman. He met Lea Keith, a nursing student, when they were attending colleges in Indiana. They married on October 25, 1956 in Indianapolis and were devoted to each other for more than 57 years. Lea passed away in August 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara and brothers Charles, Larry and Johnny. Surviving family members are his sister-in-law, Sheila Gieselman, niece Missy Gieselman and two nephews, Dr. Morris (Ami) Gieselman and Timothy Gieselman.
Bob graduated from Spurgeon IN High School and earned bachelors and master’s degrees from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in France and spent many weekends in Paris, his favorite city.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and began a 35-year career as a professor in the UI Department of English. After taking early retirement, he taught technical writing for six years in the UI College of Engineering.
Bob loved teaching and was honored many times on the UI’s list of Excellent Teachers. He authored a textbook on business writing and 12 articles in refereed journals. He was a frequent consultant to business and industry and served as executive director of the National Association for Business Communication.
An expert bridge player, Bob was an active tournament competitor for many years. He wrote for bridge publications and attained the rank of Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League in 1977.
He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini. He was a long-time season-ticket holder for Illini football, basketball and volleyball.
Bob’s most enduring legacy will be the many lives he touched with his kindness and generosity. He was a mentor who helped young friends establish their careers and a benefactor who supported those in need.
Bob had a quick wit and a wry sense of humor that endeared him to people of all ages. His many friends will deeply miss him, but treasure their memories of this man with the big personality and big heart.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert and Lea Gieselman fund at the University of Illinois Foundation.
Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy is handling arrangements (www.morganmemorialhome.com).

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