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ROBERT "Rob" TATE, age 72, of Aurora, passed from this life to eternal life on Wed. April 6, 2011 at Countryside Care Center in Aurora, IL.BORN: Rob was born August 14, 1940 in Chicago, IL., at Burnside Hospital, the son of Robert George and Louis Peternel (Konow) Tate.EARLY YEARS : Rob grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Roseland Community Area. Rob attended Bethany Reform Church with Dr. Harry Hagen as his pastor. At the age of thirteen Rob’s parents moved to St. John, Indiana, along with Rob’s younger brother Jon and his sister Kathy and Mary.EDUCATION: Rob attended St. John’s High School before joining the United States Marines in January of 1958.MILITARY: While waiting for his security clearance all the guys he trained with went to Okinawa. Rob was later sent to the Philippines for one year before being sent to Hawaii in 1959. While there Rob’s main duty was involved with top secret code and copying other coded messages for the purpose of breaking the enemies codes or transmissions. During Rob’s time in Imperial Beach California and before leaving the states, Rob said it became clear to him that he needed t make a personal commitment to receive Christ as his savior. Once out of the military Rob went to stay with his parents who had moved to Des Plaines, IL. Rob attended Main West High School for four months to complete his requirements to receive his high school diploma. MARRIAGE In September 1966 Rob married Carol at Elmwood Park Bible Church in Elmwood Park, IL. The first three years of marriage Rob and Carol lived at 3724 Leland Ave. in Chicago. They had a garden apartment and the first years rent was $70.00 a month. The next two years they paid $75.00 a month.RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: While they lived in Chicago, Rob worked as a computer operator at IBM for 3 ½ years. Chicago also had its Big Snow in 1967 About 27" in a twelve hour period. They were snowed in for the weekend. In September of 1969 they moved into a new home in Aurora, IL. OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY Rob received his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Elgin Community College in 1982. He worked at Chicago Rawhide in Elgin as a Computer Operator and was their programmer. Rob worked at Montgomery Ward Corporate Office in Chicago as a Programmer Analyst before they went out of business. He also worked for EDS-in the same building as Montgomery Ward. A the age of 59 Rob tested and was hired at the Gabriel Distribution Center Post Office in Aurora, IL.He worked there for ten years before retiring in August 2009. Rob worked for a total of 15 years for the post office. While attending Wright Junior College he worked part time at the post office. LIFE NOTES Rob loved spending some of his free time during his summers fishing up in Ludington, Michigan with his brother Jon and his Indiana friends. What a blast those guys had together. Fishing in Canada for two weeks in 1971 was a big thrill for Rob because he caught a 14lb Northern Pike on the very last day of our vacation. Two of the most important people in Rob’s life was his two sons, Mark and Jason. Mark was born in 1971 and Jason was born in 1973. Rob loved the family vacations with Carol’s grandparents Grandpa and Grandma Bannon. They spent several summers in the upper Peninsula of Michigan. He loved the rugged way of living there. In those days Rob and Carol stayed in a log cabin with no running water-just a hand pump in the kitchen, kerosene lights and a wood burning stove for heat at night. An outhouse for our toilet, But we didn’t mind at all. They loved every minute of the times they spent together. There was a Model A Ford car at the cottage which was kept in the garage. It belonged to our relative and he drove us in that old car into the back woods to lakes where no one else ever fished. We always came home with a stringer of bass, bluegills and perch.Without a doubt the other two precious people in Rob’s life were his two wonderful grandchildren, Amanda and Zachary. SURVIVORS Robert is survived by his loving wife Carol, Two sons:Mark (Donna)Tate of Sugar Grove, IL and Jason (Cheri) Tate of ¬¬¬¬__________;Four grandchildren:Amanda ______, Zachary ______, Joshua _______,Jeremy (Jessica) _______ and their son Kol.PRECEDED He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother John Tate and one niece, Sharon Tate.VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 with a service to celebrate his life to be at 3:00 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. The Rev. Tom Barron of Central Bible Church of Aurora will officiate. Following cremation there will be a private family service to lay Robert to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.MEMORIAL A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the "Robert Tate Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.The Tate family would like to extend our sincerest thank you for all those who took care of Rob during his stay at Countryside Care Center, as well as all the wonderful people who kept him in their prayers. Thank you also to Harbor Lights out of Glen Ellen, IL and all those who sent cards of encouragement, good wishes, and beautiful art work. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Tom Barron for his care and concern.
Visitation will be on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 with a service to celebrate his life to be at 3:00 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. The Rev. Tom Barron of Central Bible Church of Aurora will officiate.
. Following cremation there will be a private family service to lay Robert to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.