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Robert A. "Bob" Kudlicki Sr.

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Kudlicki Sr., Robert A. "Bob" Age 83, entered eternal life on Monday, October 1, 2012 at his home in Hampshire, IL after a brief illness. Bob was born in Muskegon, MI on October 10, 1928, the son of Sigmund and Cecelia (nee Grajewski) Kudlicki. When Bob was 5, he and his family moved to the north side of Chicago where he attended St. Xavier Elementary School before entering Lane Technical High School graduating with the Class of '46. In August of 1946, Bob enlisted in the US Marine Corps taking basic training at Paris Island, NC before being stationed in Washington, DC. In October 1950, Bob was drafted back into the Marines for the Korean Conflict. Based on his civilian work in the printing industry, he was sent to Washington, DC and given top secret clearance to work in map making. The assignment proved fortunate for Bob as most of his unit was killed in action. He was again Honorably Discharged from the Marines in December 1951 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Bob returned to Chicago and began printing work at RR Donnelley. A chance meeting at a north-side social club in 1952 was the beginning of a 61 year relationship with his future wife, Theresa Struke. Bob and Theresa were united in marriage on August 8, 1953 at St. Marks Parish in Chicago. Their first child, Robert Jr, was born in November 1955. After 6 months of city life, Bob and Theresa decided on a move to the country and settled in Pingree Grove, IL. Bob worked for Hampshire Printing Company and later the Hampshire Register. After the arrival of their second child, Michael in April 1959 and a series of events, Bob purchased a franchise of Illinois Cleaners in August 1959 based in Hampshire, IL. For the next 5 years, Bob and Theresa worked to build the business. In October 1964, the family relocated to their current home in Hampshire. Seeing another business opportunity, Bob and Theresa purchased the Village Toggery in June of 1969. Again and together, they built a second successful business, both of which are still operating in Hampshire. Bob believed in giving back to his community through involvement with charitable organizations and in public service. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the Hampshire Lions Club, a member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Past Commander and member of American Legion Post #680, Past Commander of the Elgin Marine Corps League Detachment. Bob served as the current Treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 22 for 35+ years. Bob was involved in politics, but never was a politician. He was first a member of the Hampshire Zoning Board. In 1976, he was elected Village President of Hampshire serving 2 terms. In 2002, he was elected to the Kane County Board representing District 25 and served 2 terms. Bob was on the Executive Board of the Kane County Forest Preserve District and was a member of the Solid Waste Management and Administration Committees. Bob is survived by his wife of 59+ years, Theresa (Struke) Kudlicki; his sons, Robert Jr. (Margie) of St. Charles, IL, Michael (Rita) of Glendale Heights, IL; 4 grandchildren, Karmen, Michael Jr, Jessica, and Robert III. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Sigmund Jr., Edward, Chester, Casimir, Jerry, Richard; sisters, Florence and Bernice (Jean). He is survived by a brother, Skip and sisters, Isabelle, Wanda, and Angeline. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 7th from 2 to 6 pm at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 297 East Jefferson, Hampshire, IL. A funeral mass will be held at the church on Monday, October 8th, 11:00am with Father Nnaso officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery. A special thanks to caregivers, Sharon, Jessica, Kelly, and Debbie for the comfort they provided Bob in his final days. Memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Hampshire Food Pantry c/o Fredrick Funeral Home, PO Box 445, Hampshire, IL 60140. For information call (847) 683-2711.
Published in Courier News on Oct. 4, 2012
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