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Robert M. Corl

January 10, 2024
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Robert Corl Obituary

Robert Melvin Corl “Bob”, 91, of Oswego, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, with members of his family at his side.  

Bob was born on July 31, 1932, in Maytown Illinois to Melvin and Dorothy (Didier) Corl. He spent his childhood on the family farm with his parents and his brother, Raymond.  

When Bob was old enough, he began his career with The International Harvester Company in Rock Falls, Illinois, an American Manufacturer. He enjoyed his time there until he joined the United States Army in 1952. While in the Army he completed his GED, and soon after basic training, he spent 18 months in Korea. Bob returned home with an Honorable Discharge after being hit in the leg and eye by a grenade. Once home he returned to work at International Harvester before working briefly at Armour Meat Packing. Bob left Armour Meat Packing to start a business with his cousin, The Wilbert Vault Company in Sterling, Illinois. A new opportunity presented itself at Caterpillar and Bob moved his family from Sterling to Montgomery, Illinois. Working his way up to management, Bob worked at Caterpillar for more than 25 years before retiring.  

Charlotte (Char) Flahaut was the love of Bob’s life. The year was 1952, and the setting was a bench at Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby, along the Illinois River, a world apart from anything else. Bob and Char went there frequently, so it was quite a shock to Char when Bob said, “Well, do you love me enough to marry me?” Of course, she said, yes, and they were married while Bob was on furlough for two weeks in April of 1953. Their love story of growing old together continued as they celebrated 70 years of marriage last April. They made their home in Montgomery, until building their forever home in Oswego.  

Bob enjoyed the outdoors. He was able to grow the best vegetables in his garden and created a beautiful bird sanctuary in the backyard attracting all types of birds, especially cardinals. He was a true “Mr. Fix-it" and enjoyed carpentry and woodworking, sharing his creations with family and friends.  

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 70 years, Char, of Oswego; daughters Kathy (the late Tom) Hopp of Cedarburg, WI. and Linda (Tim) Hartman of Montgomery, IL.; grandchildren Zachary Robert Hartman of Montgomery, IL., Andrew (Jess) Hartman of Sandwich, IL., Kevin (Brianne) Hartman of Sheridan, IL. And Todd (Megan) Hopp of Humboldt, IA.; great grandchildren Gabriel Thomas, Ava Marie, Aaden, Ethan, Corbin and Addison; his brother Raymond Corl of Rockford, IL. and his great grand dog Glitter. 

Visitation Monday, January 22, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. time of service at Bauman Family Funeral Home. 5600 Route 34 in Oswego. Interment immediately following the service at Pearce Cemetery in Oswego. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans  

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Visitation
Monday
January 22, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bauman Family Funeral Home
5600 U.S. Route 34
Oswego, IL 60543

Funeral Service
Monday
January 22, 2024

11:00 AM
Bauman Family Funeral Home
5600 U.S. Route 34
Oswego, IL 60543

Interment
Monday
January 22, 2024

11:30 AM
Pearce Cemetery
Pfund Court
Oswego, IL 60543

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