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Leading by example- City recognizes Bob Krebes for longtime community service, volunteer spirit

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured, Senior Living

Published on February 21, 2018 with No Comments

by Steve Euvino

William “Bob” Krebes (left) listens as Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor presents Krebes with a plaque and other gifts in honor of Krebes’ long community service and volunteerism.

William “Bob” Krebes is the kind of guy who, regardless of how he’s feeling, not only shows up to help, but he’s always got a warm handshake or kind word to share.

After years as a faithful volunteer to multiple causes, Krebes received an official pat on the back from his hometown. The city of Hobart presented Krebes with a plaque and other gifts on Feb. 7.

Despite the cold and snow outdoors, a large crowd filled city hall as Mayor Brian Snedecor praised Krebes, 70, for his civic and church involvement.

William ‘Bob” Krebes acknowledges the applause he received Feb. 7 at Hobart City Hall. Prior to the city council meeting, city officials recognized Krebes for his longtime volunteer efforts to his church and community, including Friends of Robinson Lake, Hobart Food Pantry, and Knights of Columbus.

“Bob is a gentleman who has really had an impact on this community in several ways,” the mayor said. “If there’s anything that requires volunteers, usually, in some way, Bob Krebes is involved. Bob Krebes is in the middle of it.”

Krebes has been active as a Friend of Robinson Lake, a group that seeks to preserve and protect that body of water in Hobart. He is a regular Thursday volunteer at the Hobart Food Pantry. As a member of St. Thomas Council Knights of Columbus, he can be found in the kitchen during Lenten fish fries, faithfully doing dishes.

“I don’t know any bad things about Bob Krebes,” said Bob Allen, representing the Friends of Robinson Lake. “If there’s anything that needs helping as volunteers, he’s always there first. He leads by example. He wouldn’t ask anyone to do something he wouldn’t do.”

Theresia Larimore, director of the Hobart Food Pantry, called Krebes “one of our more reliable volunteers – usually the first to arrive and last to leave.”

Besides helping at the pantry, Krebes picks up donations from local supermarkets and volunteers at annual food drives.

Citing Krebes for his dedication, commitment, and compassion, Larimore said he embodies the food pantry motto: “those who can do more, volunteer.”

The Rev. Benjamin Ross, administrator at St. Bridget, Krebes’ parish, noted, “You’re a good man,” citing the heart of a true volunteer.

“Everything you do expresses that heart,” the priest said.

Ralph Freimuth, grand knight with the St. Thomas Council Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s fraternal organization, called Krebes “an integral part of our council,” adding that he considers the senior volunteer “a good member, a good friend.”

A retired steelworker, Krebes and Anne, his wife of 40 years, accepted gifts from the mayor. Keeping a promise to Krebes, Snedecor announced that the city was reimbursing the Friends of Robinson Lake $2,500 for work at the lake. Over the years, the Friends have raised $10,000, all of which goes back into the city.

Krebes, who is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, has tried to remain active, including helping at the food pantry, where he has organized and trimmed cardboard boxes.

Somewhat taken aback by the large response for his recognition from the city, Krebes said, “This is quite an honor.”

Then, pointing to everyone assembled, Krebes told city officials, “Everybody in this room deserves that recognition. Every one of us is doing a little bit.”

Noting all the pins he wore to represent the varied organizations and causes he serves, Krebes added, “Without them, I wouldn’t be able to volunteer.”

Adding that he serves Hobart with people of all faiths and backgrounds, Krebes concluded by praising “the unity of the community to get these things done.”

Ralph Freimuth, grand knight with the St. Thomas Council Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s fraternal organization, called Bob Krebes “an integral part of our council,” adding that he considers the senior volunteer “a good member, a good friend.”

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