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ROBERT HARDEKOPF


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ROBERT HARDEKOPF Obituary
BIG ROCK – Robert Hardekopf, 88, of Big Rock, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Naperville.
He was born on March 4, 1925, in Aurora, the son of Paul and Clara (Henne) Hardekopf.
Bob grew up living and helping his father on dairy farms in both Kane and DeKalb ounties. He attended one room schools, Tanner and Grouse, until fifth grade. Bob was a 1938 graduate of Hinckley Grade School and a 1942 graduate of Big Rock High School. Mr. Hardekopf served his country proudly from 1945 to 1946 in the U.S. Army.
Bob was employed at Big Rock Farmers Co-op during 1947. In 1948 he started working for Carl T. Thurow Implement & Hardware. Then in 1954, with Merle Thorson as a partner, they purchased the business, changing its name to Big Rock Implement Co. until 1973 when it merged with Hinckley Equipment to form DeKane Equipment Corp. Bob served as president at that time, and continued in that capacity for many years. He also served for 10 years on the Kane County Draft Board.
Bob was a member of both Big Rock American Legion Post 529 and Aurora Moose Lodge 400. He was a charter member of the Big Rock Volunteer Fire Department, having served more than 40 years and for 17 years as an EMT. Bob also served as a trustee of the Big Rock Fire Protection District. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Bob is survived by his sister, Darlene (Bill) White of Alva, Fla.; nephews, Eric (Coleen) Hardekopf of Aurora, Eugene (Patty) Hardekopf of Virginia, Earl (Maureen) Hardekopf of Aurora and Edwin Hardekopf of Glen Ellyn; sister-in-law, Stella Hardekopf; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Clara Hardekopf; brothers, Earl and Norman Hardekopf; and nephew, Ernest Hardekopf.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley, with the Rev. Bill Riegle officiating. Interment will follow at West Big Rock Cemetery in Big Rock. Friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory. For information, visit www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or call 815-286-3247.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 23, 2014
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