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In Memoriam: Robert C. Wegman

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Robert C. Wegman passed away on January 29, 2022.

From the obituary:

Robert “Chic” Wegman, (95), passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 29th, 2022, in Aurora, Illinois. He was born in Aurora on September 30, 1926, to Carl and Agnes Wegman. Robert met his beloved wife, Emma (Banks) Wegman at East Aurora High School. They were married in 1951 and were blessed with 10 children who they loved and cherished and were so proud of. Robert was a supportive and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend, widely known for his kindness and generosity.

Robert’s life centered around his family, friends and business. Robert was a fun Dad, who loved his children dearly and took them on many adventures to make their childhood wonderful. Highlights include: sledding, ice skating, canoeing, bike rides, a camper trip to Disney World, and the famous Wegman treehouse on Lehnertz Avenue. He made breakfast every morning, packed lunches for the day and would sing “You are My Sunshine” at bedtime; he was an amazing Father. Robert enjoyed hosting large family gatherings with his children and grandchildren and would never miss a grandchild’s birthday party. Later in life, Robert and Emma enjoyed traveling, especially to Mexico; and loved socializing at the Phoenix Club and Moose Lodge. He was an honest businessman and lifelong learner, very interested in reading up on new subjects, often copying or clipping out interesting articles he had read to pass on to his family and friends.

In 1961, Robert founded R.C. Wegman Construction which has been run by the family for 61 years and is on its 3rd generation of leadership.

Robert, WWII Veteran, served in the U.S. Navy and attributed his leadership and regard for preparation and safety to his time in the military. After his service in the Navy, Robert went on to receive a degree in business from Aurora College on the G.I. Bill. Throughout his life, Robert actively served the community as a member of St. Joseph’s Church, a loyal supporter of several local non-profits, and a huge supporter of everything “Aurora.” Robert served as the Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade and was honored to have Sheridan Street in Aurora dedicated as “Robert C. Wegman Way”.

Robert is survived by his loving children, Laura Maxey, Janet (Richard) Luthmann, Karen (Kevin) Kuk, Juli (David) Michaels, Jodi (Terry) Bohr, Carl (Mary) Wegman, Andrew (Gannon) Wegman and Todd (Paula) Wegman; his daughter-in-law, Toni Wegman; as well as his brother, David Wegman, 27 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. He is preceded in death by his wife Emma, his sons Paul and Christopher Wegman, his brother Alan Wegman, and Grandson Gregory Moulton.

A private family memorial service will be held. The family requests that condolences be sent to R.C. Wegman Construction Company, 750 Morton Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Aurora Central Catholic High School or The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in Robert’s memory are appreciated.

The Wegman family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Ascension Living Fox Knoll Village, Amita Health Mercy Medical Center, and Rainbow Hospice for the loving and professional care provided to Robert.

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