Robert K. Harenberg Jr.
Sarasota – Robert K. Harenberg Jr. passed away on September 24, 2021 after a long illness at home. He was born on May 19, 1934 in Urbana, Ohio to Helen and Robert Harenberg Sr.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, son David Harenberg, sister Patricia Harenberg Kammerer, stepmother Tommy Lou Meeks and a dear nephew, Kevin DePeugh.
He leaves behind his wife, Ellen Harenberg, a stepdaughter Christine (Alan) Hightower, a stepbrother, Ed (Barbara) Culpepper, several nieces and nephews: Carol (Gil) Luers, Cary Kammerer, Celeeste (Greg) Hall, Jon (Hayley) Broughton and Jason (Amanda) Broughton.
He attended Stivers High School in Dayton Ohio and Central Illinois
College, Peoria, Illinois.
At the age of 17, Bob left Dayton, Ohio and joined the Navy. He
served aboard the USS Manchester as a rifleman during the
Korean War from 1951 to 1953. 1953 after discharge from the Navy
he went to work for NCR. He then worked for Midwest Beer
Sales in Dayton, Ohio. His years in Ohio made him a love
Ohio State Buckeyes and he has been an avid believer all his life. He
moved to Huntsville, Alabama to run the wheat beer distributor.
While he was in Huntsville, he began his racing career by joining Nascar. changed
and ARCA and spent his weekends winning on the local tracks.
In the 1970s he returned to Dayton Ohio, became a manager and
Coy sales seller. He later decided that the open road was for
he and he started driving a semi truck for Coy Distributing. 1980
He began driving for Ben C Williams sales where he was promoted
the ranks to become manager of the Illinois Department.
In 1983 he married Ellen and made himself at home in Beijing, Illinois, where
he was a member of the Sunset Hills Country Club. In 2006 they left
Beijing to set up their retirement home in Venice, Florida.
After arriving in Florida, he worked briefly as a bridge provider,
then he joined the Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice, where he spent
many happy hours on the golf course and in the clubhouse
the many friends he made there.
Donations in memory of Bob can be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3550
S. Tamiami Trail, # 6014, Sarasota, Florida 34239 or the Autism Society of
America, 5007 East Armstrong Ave, Peoria, Illinois 61603
Services will be announced at a later date. The funeral will take place in Sarasota. instead of
National Military Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida. Arrangements are
is made by Your Traditions Cremation and Funeral Chapel,
Published by Herald Tribune on October 3, 2021.