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Robert "Bob" Gailen

Robert "Bob" Gailen
  • September 14, 1946 - March 19, 2018
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate contributions to the Bob Gailen/Aspen Memorial Fund (send to Harrison and Held, Suite 1700, 333 West Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60606-1247)
  • Bob Gailen/Aspen Memorial Fund
    Harrison and Held, Suite 1700
    333 West Wacker Drive
    Chicago 60606-1247

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My father, Robert "Bob" Gailen, 71, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018.

He was born on the south side of Chicago on September 14, 1946 to Lawrence and Winifred Gailen, older brother to Judy Gailen. In his early years, he attended Bowen High School and went on to get his bachelor's degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in graphic design.

On December 1, 1969, Bob's birthday was chosen as number one in the Vietnam draft. Bob spent a little over three years serving mainly in the military as a Cryptanalytic and received five awards for his service.

Later in life, Bob met his soulmate, Carol. They spent over twenty years together, traveling to their second home, Aspen. His favorite pastime was sitting on rocks, gazing at the mountains surrounding him. Soon, they had me, Hannah, and I too joined their endeavors to the mountains and shared their love of the best place on earth.

Along with his passion for graphic design, Bob had an undying love for dogs, especially our Havanese, Pip. It is based on this love that the product 'The Original mine Pet Platter' was created. One of his many dreams in life was to make this product succeed, and he passed doing what he loved most.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter, Hannah, mother, Winnie, and sister, Judy, (husband Michael and son Gabe) Trautman, as well as his extended wife's family that he loved dearly: Nancy, David, JP and Michael Donovan. As well, he leaves behind many adored friends.

My father was the most caring, strong, creative, hard-working, determined, positive, funny, brave and warmest person I have ever met. He persevered through thick and thin, from conquering thyroid cancer to being drafted, and I have never admired someone more. He was also my best friend, and I loved him more than anything. While I may not be able to have another warm hug, I feel him in my heart at every moment.

Bob's service will be on Monday, March 26, 2018 from 2 to 6 pm, with Tributes at 5:30 pm, at BUCHANAN CHAPEL of FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL. Please use Chestnut street entrance just West of Michigan Avenue. Following the service, cremation will follow and Bob's ashes will be scattered in Aspen, the place he loved most.

In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate contributions to the Bob Gailen/Aspen Memorial Fund (send to Harrison and Held, Suite 1700, 333 West Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60606-1247). A date of unveiling will be shared when determined.

Please visit BOB GAILEN BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or memories in the online guest book, visit or Arrangements by CENTRAL CHAPEL, Lane-Moynihan Directors, Downtown Chicago. Info., 773-581-9000 or 312-944-6060.

Obituary lovingly composed by daughter, Hannah Gailen.