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Bob Strube Sr. dies

by Tad Thompson | January 14, 2010
The cheerful, booming voice of Bob Strube will be heard no more. Robert William Frederick Strube Sr. died Jan. 14 at age 91.

He headed Strube Celery & Vegetable Co. in Chicago, which was founded in 1913 by Fred Strube. In addition to leading many national industry advancement causes, he may be best remembered for relentless, years-long leadership that eventually built a modern produce market for Chicago.

"The industry truly lost a giant today," Tom Stenzel, president of United Fresh Produce Association, said on United's website. "Bob's can-do, never-give-up attitude helped build both a family and a company that reflect the very best values of our produce industry. He let it be known that he lived by several mottos -- 'Work is a blessing' and the self-reliant creed 'If it is to be, it is up to me.'"

Mr. Strube was married for 69 years to Helen M. Strube, according to Jan. 15 issue of The Chicago Tribune. He is the father of Robert Strube Jr., the companys chairman of the board, and Janet Fleming, the firm's chief executive officer. Susan Strube, who is married to Robert Strube Jr., is the companys executive vice president. Janet's husband, Timothy, is also an executive vice president.

Bob Strube Sr. was the grandfather of Robert Strube III, Kirsten Lodarek, Timothy Fleming Jr., Christian Fleming, Jon Strube and Suzanne Trott; and great grandfather to 15.

Visitation Jan. 18 will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard at Old Orchard Road in Skokie. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. at North Shore United Methodist Church, 213 Hazel Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022, Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Bob & Helen Strube Freedom from Hunger Fund, c/o Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632, or to the North Shore United Methodist Church. For more information, call 847/675-1990 or visit