|Robert C. Stoerzbach, 89, of Galesburg, died at 10:44 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013.
He was born December 21, 1923 in Galesburg, the son of Carl C. and Agnes (Kraul) Stoerzbach. He married Beverly Lee on August 9, 1946 in Minocqua, Wis.
Bob was a practicing attorney in Galesburg for 65 years, retiring in 2007. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1941. He attended Knox College and graduated from the University of Illinois Law School. Bob was an active member of Rotary for decades. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was confirmed at age 13, making him one of its oldest members.
He was a Naval Aviator during World War II. Trained on the Stearman, a military trainer aircraft, he served as a flight instructor of WWII pilots. Bob looked forward to the Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg every year and was always welcomed by several of the pilots, who valued his insights from the years when these planes were new. They enjoyed taking him up in their Stearmans so he could fly them in the skies over Galesburg.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, two sons and a daughter: Thomas (and Diana) Stoerzbach of Spring, Texas and children Dayla Stoerzbach and Amanda (and Jared) Smith; Janet (and Rick) Tichenor of Allen, Texas and children Justin (and Meaghan) Tichenor and Ellen Tichenor; Daniel (and Cynthia) Stoerzbach of Galesburg and children Ashley (and Jeff) Strobach, Audrey (and Matt) Scherrer, Kathryn Stoerzbach, and Jaclyn Stoerzbach. Great grandchildren are Jack, Louis, and Adelaide Strobach. His sister is Helen Peck of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Russell Stoerzbach.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 1, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church. Jordan Knight and Rev. David Esche will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the burial, the family will receive friends at the Lake Storey Pavilion for a luncheon from 11:30 to 2:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, the National Stearman Foundation, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.