Robert W. Lundy, 70, a longtime Oak Park and River Forest resident, died on Aug. 21, 2013 at his River Forest home. Born in Chicago on April 15, 1943 to Francis L. and Alice W. Lundy, he attended the Wilmette Public Schools, New Trier High School, Blackburn College in Carlinville, and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1968 and later a personnel officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, which became the Office of Thrift Supervision. At the end of his federal career, he worked for the Comptroller of the Currency.
After retiring in April 1999, Mr. Lundy became a regular volunteer driver for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), delivering donated food to pantries and kitchens all over the Chicago area. He continued this work for many years, logging well over 900 volunteer delivery runs. In 2000, the GCFD awarded him its Irving Nathan Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2007, America's Second Harvest, the national network of U.S. food banks, named him the National Food Bank Volunteer of the Year, of which he was very proud.
At the time of his award, GCFD Executive Director Kate Maehr noted, "He comes back dirty and sweaty and tired, and he does it with such compassion for the people who are ultimately the clients we serve. … He's an institution to us." Of his volunteer work for GCFD, Mr. Lundy said, "There aren't a lot of jobs where you make a difference in people's lives every day. Every day I work [at GCFD] I feel I'm making a positive difference."
His daughter, Susie, said of him at the 2007 National Food Bank Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony, "My father taught me by his example to live my life in service to others, to live with integrity, and to show compassion for those less fortunate than I."
He was long active at Third Unitarian Church in Chicago's Austin neighborhood and served as TUC board co-chair. In recent years, he volunteered as a front door greeter and watchman. He also put his driving skills to work, operating a "TUC Taxi" service. He ferried scores of church members to Chicago-area airports and train stations, often with complimentary goodies for the upcoming trip.
A life-long Chicago sports fan, he had season tickets to the Chicago Bears and Northwestern University's football and basketball games. He often attended White Sox and Cubs games.
He was known to his friends as a generous and gentle soul.
Bob Lundy is survived by his children, Susan A. and David W. Lundy, and his brother, Joseph R. Lundy.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2013, at Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield Ave. in Chicago. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 708-383-3191 or www.drechslerbrownwilliams.com.
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