Robert “Bob” Harold Felgen of Laguna Niguel, California passed away on May 9, 2020, at the age of 89. After several months of declining health, Robert passed with his beloved wife Ann and daughter Brandy by his side. A longtime fan of John Wayne, Bob was tough and determined and fought hard to the end and throughout his long battle with health issues.
Bob was born in Oak Park, Illinois on March 1, 1931, to father Harold Franklin Felgen and mother Lenore Elizabeth Felgen. The oldest of two sons, Robert grew up playing baseball with a group of neighborhood friends he still lovingly refers to as the “Corsairs”. He attended St. Catherine’s Catholic School in Oak Park, Illinois and then went on to graduate from Lake Forest College in 1954 where he played baseball and was active in Delta Chi Fraternity. Bob played baseball throughout high school and college and was referred to as “Rifle Arm Felgen” by his teammates. Bob ended up pursuing a career in sales and he was a natural. His competitive nature and ability to connect with customers made him a born salesman. He would anxiously await the sales figures each week and just couldn’t settle for less than #1! After retirement he wrote a book called “Selling Secrets that Show you the Money” (which can be found on Amazon). Bob has always loved music and singing – in particular, Barbershop Quartet music. Bob loved being invited to harmonize with his brother Tom’s quartets every now and then. Bob also had a lifelong love of the Universe, space exploration, and astronomy. He wrote two books (unpublished) on his thoughts about the universe.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Lenore Felgen. He is survived by his wife Ann Marie Felgen; children Todd Robert Felgen, Laurie Davis, Shelly Porter, Forrest Felgen, Brandy Foust, Tony deCalonne and Nicholas deCalonne; grandchildren Todd Michael Felgen, Hillary Porter Layne, Max Davis, Cameron Porter, Alex Davis, Brielle Foust, Kaylee deCalonne, Taylor deCalonne, and Morgan deCalonne; brother and sister-in-law Tom and Jayne Felgen; nieces Carol Mazan, Vikki Day, Julie Sullivan, and Trish Schilling. They will all miss his great sense of humor, storytelling, and loving and generous nature. He was a one of a kind – a perfect mix of strength and sensitivity.
A small graveside ceremony with immediate family will take place at Pacific View Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 19th. An online Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.