Photo courtesy of Steuerle Funeral Home - Villa Park

Robert E. Engdahl

1923 - 2015

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Cindy and Curlie;
It was such a joy getting to know all of you! Curlie, I so enjoyed all the stories you and Robert told. Wishing you all peace, love, and comfort during this time! .
Sylvia Dragoo

Fathers are something special. I am sure he will be missed as my father is missed. Sid and Robert (Bob) were close friends. Roots go way back as do respect and good memories from days in Neenah. With all due respect from the Donaldsons. Jerry, Maxine and family.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

May God bless this true American patriot and hero. The men of the 3rd PRS broke new ground and saved many lives through their history making work over Japan.

May he rest in peace.

I knew Robert only at the end of his life ,and I enjoyed listening to him tell me about his early times with gardens and fish and sailing. He truly had enjoyed his life experiences.I know he is enjoying his new adventure with his heavenly Father.

Cindy and Tony,
So saddened to learn of the passing of your father. He had wonderful stories to share and was a great match to your mom. We always enjoyed spending time with him at the September parties.


Robert's Obituaries

September 22, 1923 – March 30, 2015Robert E. Engdahl, 91, a longtime resident of Villa Park passed away peacefully March 30, 2015, at Park Place of Elmhurst where he had been living the past three years. Robert was born and raised in Chicago where he attended Lane Technical High School. He graduated from IIT in 1949 with a B.S. in chemical engineering.During WW II he was a 1st LT in the US Army Air Corps, serving as a B-29 navigator with the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron on Guam. His career began at Marathon Corporation (now American Can Company) in Neenah, Wisconsin. In 1960 he joined a fledgling printing ink company which grew to become a leading supplier of gravure printing inks, Thiele-Engdahl, Inc., from which he retired in 1990.Robert loved to travel and had many hobbies,among them cooking, gardening, photography, and breeding tropical fish. He also enjoyed the out-of-doors and being on the water, including fishing, sailing, canoe camping and hunting. Always the adventurer, his joy of sailing culminated in a round-the-world voyage on a 38' sailing yacht with his wife Curlie.He was preceded in death by his parents Emily (Faulstich) and Martin Elmer Engdahl.He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years Curlie Ann, nee Flowers; his children Cynthia Engdahl (Tony Sekera), Donald (Ruth) Engdahl, and Susan (Donald) Hornbostel; his grandchildren, Matthew Hornbostel and Eric Engdahl; his sister Adrienne (Richard) Berna and numerous nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be held Monday, April 27, at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst followed by a luncheon at the church. Interment of his ashes is planned for Tuesday morning, April 28th, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Ellwood, IL. Arrangements by Steuerle Funeral Home, telephone 630-832-4161.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst, IL, 60126, or to an organization of one's choice.

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