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Friend to Geneva Chamber, Bob Langeness, dies

Chamber volunteer remembered for his positive outlook

Honorary Parade Marshall Robert Langeness greets a gathering of his family and friends from a carriage while riding in the 70th Swedish Days parade June 23 in Geneva.
Honorary Parade Marshall Robert Langeness greets a gathering of his family and friends from a carriage while riding in the 70th Swedish Days parade June 23 in Geneva.

GENEVA – Robert Langeness, the 2019 Swedish Days Parade Marshal who was known for his positive outlook and generous spirit, died Sunday at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, still recovering from a broken hip and a stroke. He was 79.

“He was positive on everything and such a great friend of the chamber,” said Geneva Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Laura Rush. “This makes us all so sad.”

Langeness had sold advertising for the Chicago Tribune, the Kane County Chronicle and the Geneva and St. Charles Republican newspapers.

In 1994, he suffered serious injuries when a hot-air balloon he was riding in crashed into power lines.

“With all the setbacks he had, he never lost hope, never had a negative word, just always, ‘This is how it is and I’m going to make the most of it,’” Rush said.

A member of the chamber for 25 years and had been on the board almost as long, Langeness volunteered at all chamber festivals and helped out in the office, Rush said.

Obituary information is pending, but visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St., Geneva, with the funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva.

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