Robert Retel - Teacher
Robert E Retel, age 83, of Wheaton. Served on the aircraft carrier USS Midway while in the US Navy from 1950-1954. Beloved husband of the late Carol, nee Roepke. Loving father of Eileen, Paul (Christine), Bruce, Mark (Polly) and the late Wayne. Cherished grandfather of Megan, Tyler, Caroline and Nathaniel. Uncle and great uncle of many. Mr. Retel grew up in Chicago and was a resident of Wheaton for 45 years. He received a bachelors and master's degree from the University of Illinois. Mr. Retel enjoyed a career as a high school teacher, soccer and swimming coach. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard for 45 years where he served as an Elder. He was a member of EAA Chapter 579 Fox Valley Sport Aviation Association. He was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. His hobbies included family, traveling, bicycling, gardening and reading. Visitation Wednesday 3-8 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Funeral Service Thursday, 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran York Center (corner of Roosevelt and Westmore/Meyers Rd) Lombard. Interment Chapel Hill Gardents West Cemetery. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1165 Westmore-Meyers Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.
Published in the Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on March 31, 2015