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Former TBC board member Robert Schoeberl dies

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TBC Corp. reports that Robert R. Schoeberl, a past member of its board of directors, has died. He was 77.

Schoeberl had been an active member of TBC's board of directors until his resignaiton a short time ago. He then served in various consulting roles with TBC until his death on Sept. 19.

“We have lost a very good friend of the TBC family and of me personally,” says Larry Day, TBC chairman of the board and CEO. “Bob was a great leader, a highly regarded professional, a loving family man, and a friend to everyone he met. We will truly miss him.”

Born on March 13, 1936, in Lebanon, S.D., Schoeberl began his lifetime career in the automotive retail industry in 1955 when he joined Montgomery Ward & Co. in merchandising and marketing management. After nearly 40 years with Montgomery Ward, he retired in 1994 as the executive vice president and general merchandise manager of automotive, electronics and appliances. His noteworthy career in retail led him to a consulting profession after retirement where he worked with such companies as Rayovac, Armorall, and Midas, notes TBC.

Schoeberl was an active member of the TBC board of directors starting in 1995. He also was a member of the board of trustees of Mount Mercy University, the Automotive Aftermarket Foundation, and the former chairman of Lund International Holdings Inc.

Schoeberl’s family, friends and his philanthropic endeavors, along with playing golf, were his passions in life. He was a member of Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill., and Collier's Reserve in Naples, Fla. Over the years, Schoeberl served as a lector at many Catholic churches and was a strong supporter of the Over the Rainbow Association.

Schoeberl was the husband of Nancy Heche Schoeberl and the late Patricia “Pat” (nee Ferrie) Schoeberl, and is survived by his daughter Elaine (Brett) Trainor of Wheaton, Ill., and his grandchildren Madeline, Sydney and Emma.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Naperville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Robert R. Schoeberl can be made to the Northwestern Scleroderma Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Contributions will be used to further research and education efforts.

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