SOLON– The Rev. Robert (Bob) B. Haight died suddenly in his Solon home after a valiant three-and-a-half year battle with a rare form of thyroid cancer.
He grew up on a farm northeast of Waterloo, the son of Lee G. and Marjorie May Haight (who have both predeceased him), and attended high school in Denver, Iowa.
He was the beloved husband of Rev. Emily S. (Demme) Haight, Ph.D. of Houston, Texas, for 34 years, and the devoted father of David L. Haight (Megan) of Dallas, Texas, and Daniel B. Haight of Solon. He is survived by two sisters, Marilyn Haight of Minneapolis and Marty Kajewski (Bill) of Oelwein; and one brother Richard Haight (Janis) of Waterloo.
Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University in Ames and with a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
He worked as a psychiatric technician at Evanston Hospital before entering the United Methodist ministry. He served as a dedicated parish pastor of churches in Wilmette, Sheridan and Norway, Evanston, Elmhurst, Ingalls Park (Joliet), Oak Forest, and Orland Park, Ill. for a total of 34 years. He was a consultant in the use of computers for church administration and electronic media for contemporary worship. One of his joys was collecting over 400 1/64th scale toy tractors. He will be greatly missed by 10 nieces and nephews and many extended family members. A memorial service officiated by Rev. Carol Kress was held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Solon United Methodist Church. His life and ministry will also be celebrated at Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park, Ill. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Memorial contributions honoring his values and interests may be made to Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Habitat for Humanity or Bread for the World. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .