Herbert Zobel, 90

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Biker, craftsman, Boy Scout leader

Herbert W. Zobel, 90, died on June 2, 2019 in his River Forest home with his family at his side. Born in Warsaw, Illinois, he was a graduate of Bradley University and retired as a senior engineer with Peoples Gas Company after a career of more than 30 years, specializing in the distribution and utilization of natural gas. A man of diverse interests, he was an avid biker, making countless trips in the Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa and Colorado's Ride the Rockies. 

A talented craftsman, he enjoyed keeping old buildings in good repair, such as the 19th Century Club, where he was an early male member, and First United Church of Oak Park, his longtime church home. 

Road trips were his abiding joy and no destination was too far — Los Angeles, Bar Harbor, Fairbanks, Key West. For Herb, the pleasure was the journey as well as the destination. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Boy Scout Troop 16 where he served on the troop committee for many years and was elected to the Order of the Arrow. He was an original investor in Wednesday Journal and followed its fortunes with interest. 

Herb Zobel is survived by his wife, Claudette; his children, Fred (Kim) Zobel, Ginia Zobel and Doug (Rebecca) Zobel; and his grandchildren, Zachary, Amanda, Nicholas and Samantha. 

Services honoring him were held at First United Church of Oak Park on June 8. Gifts in his honor may be made to First United Church of Oak Park or the 19th Century Charitable Association Building Fund.

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