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Robert C. Droege
Service: January 9, 2019 (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Village at Rockville (Chapel), 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

Robert Carl Droege July 9, 1924 – December 27, 2018

July 9th, 1924, Bob was born into the small, rural town of Seymour, Indiana. Here, surrounded by the many relatives and descendants of German settlers, his early life was circumscribed by family, church and parochial school.  He was the one of five children which included two brothers (Jack and Tom) and two sisters (Betty and Susie).  His father, Walter, was postmaster and a well-connected personality in the local church, political scene and community with a passion for gardening that grew out of the Depression’s necessity.  His mother, Minna, was the violinist in a well-known traveling string trio based in Milwaukee.  She came to town with her sisters, was courted, and Walter was chosen from among several eligible suitors.  In Seymour she imbued her family with a love of classical music and concern for social issues, both remaining strong influences throughout Bob’s life.

During WWII Bob served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Hawaii within the Jungle Training group, now a National Wildlife Refuge. Thankfully, before shipping out ... the war had ended.  The G.I. Bill allowed Bob to graduate from Purdue University in 1949 and receive a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1954.

Upon graduating, he spent most of his career with the U.S. Department of Laboras a personnel research psychologist, designing aptitude tests among many other things.

In 1956 he met Eleanor Baden, who had moved from the Midwest to teach at Concordia Lutheran School in Hyattsville, MD. Within weeks they were engaged and married soon thereafter in 1957. There were four children (Sam, Ann, Ken, and Phil), spread across Maryland and Virginia, who in turn, presented them with 10 grandchildren.

After retirement in 1984, Bob found great satisfaction and passion in serving Redeemer Lutheran Church in its social and Stephen ministries.  These increasingly moved him into advocacy within Prince George’s county on the practical and political issues of poverty, adequate social services, and homelessness.

In 2003 Bob packed his computer, Eleanor packed her sewing machine and the family photos and they moved to an independent living unit at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, Maryland, remaining active but at a slower pace.

Bob and Eleanor were blessed to have been born and raised in a Christian home, church and school. It taught them to serve their Lord and raise their family in a similar atmosphere.

Bob's first family of his youth and second family with Eleanor and their children (and grandchildren) were major influences on his life. His first family significantly affected his development into adulthood, and his second family became a source of great joy and fulfillment in his later years.

A funeral service for Bob will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday January 9th in the chapel located at the Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bob’s name to either The Lutheran Church of the Cross in Rockville, Maryland (http://www.lccrockville.org/) or the philanthropy office of The Village at Rockville (formerly known as the National Lutheran Home)(www.thevillageatrockville.org)

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