Robert A. Krull, (1919-2009), born in 1919 in his Grandfather Wild's building on 3rd Street and remained a lifelong Hobart resident. As a child he enjoyed fishing and swimming in Lake George and attended Boy Scout meetings in the Scout Cabin his Grandfather Wild helped build. After graduating from Hobart High School, Bob attended Purdue University, Lafayette, where he acquired a Bachelors of Science in Engineering. He was also a member of the Purdue Marching Band and Chi Epsilon, a civil engineering fraternity. The next five years were spent in construction work and with the Indiana Army Corp of Engineers and State Highway Commission in Southern Indiana. After returning home from the Pacific during World War II, serving with the 1311th general service regiment, Bob joined his father, working alongside of him in the surveying and engineering business. The company was then renamed Krull & Son. In 1946, after only working one year with his father, William handed over the business operations to his son. Over the years, Bob was city engineer for the Town of Chesterton, City of Lake Station and the Town of Schererville. During the years, Bob followed in the footsteps of his parents and developed an interest in local and county politics, actively participating as Republican Precinct No. 13 committeemen in the 1950's. As far back as one can remember, Bob or his Father ran for the Republican candidate for Lake County Surveyor nearly 50 years - unsuccessfully. In the early 1970's, he also ran for Mayor of Hobart although Bob was a better businessman than politician. Also during the 1950's Bob started developing real estate which resulted in Greenwood Terrace, Duck Creek Heights (1990's) and Gilbert's Grove (2000's) to name a few. Through his daily business contact and activities Bob became actively involved in the Hobart Development Corporation for the need for improving downtown Hobart. It was safe to say that Bob was a man who was liked and admired by all who came in contact with him. Bob had many interests: he played the Clarinet for The Rusty Pipes Community Concert Band, was a 50-year member of the McClelland Masonic Lodge #357, member of the Hobart Lions Club, named Outstanding Lion for 1984-1985, member of the local Orak Shrine, Charter Member of Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he also enjoyed traveling, gardening and bridge. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his life's work, he was once quoted as saying "I grew up in the business and I just couldn't find anything else I enjoyed doing better", and he actively worked with the company until shortly before his death in January 2009.
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