Robert L. Borchardt, 90, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 15th, 2018

Bob BorchardtAmerican FlagRobert L. Borchardt, of Lombard, passed away on February 14, 2018.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 18 from 2 – 5 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Monday, with Robert Lying-in-State from 10 AM until time of service at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, St, Lombard. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL, at a later date.

Robert Lee Borchardt, 90, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Herbert F. Borchardt and Rosalie B. nee Sahnow. He attended high school in Alma Center Wisconsin.  He was a member of the local Civil Air Patrol, and immediately upon graduation from high school (as valedictorian of his class) he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Upon discharge, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  He married Evelyn Kunzelman, and upon graduation he began employment with Motorola, Inc. Together, they made their home in Lombard, Illinois.

At retirement (after 40 years of service at Motorola), he began working part time as a docent in the newly established Motorola Museum of Electronics.

His professional activities included membership in the Vehicular Technology Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Chicago Federated Advertising Club, the American Management Association, the Associated Public-Safety Communications Officers, the American Institute for Quality Control, and his investment club, Sheridan Investment Partners.

He was active in community affairs, principally through participation on a number of boards and committees. He was also church secretary for many years at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lombard, his home congregation.  He became a docent at the Lombard Historical Museum, and served as an election judge in his home precinct for many years.

His recreational preferences were bridge and golf with his many friends and associates, amateur photography practiced on his family, and an interest in genealogy.  His primary interest was always his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, and is survived by his four daughters, Robyn (George) Fram, Ruth (John) Stoeckel, Kathryn (Mark) Kornatz and Karla (Dan) Lang, and their families including nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, his sister Ruth Duxbury, his brother Donald Borchardt, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL  60148, or another charity of your choice, are appreciated.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Tom Carollo says:

    He was one of the “greats” at Motorola. I was glad to have had him as one of my bosses. He taught me a lot. Rest in peace……

  2. Ken Koldan says:

    I was fortunate to have worked for him for 14 years and considered him not only my mentor but also a personal friend. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Larry Hermansen says:

    A delightful fellow Motorolan at work and a great fellow docent. Bobs sense of humor was great. What a great life!Larry Hermansen

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