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Robert F. Brummel

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 8:22 a.m. CST

YORKVILLE, Ill. — Mr. Robert F. Brummel, 80, of Yorkville, Ill., passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at his home with his family by his side.

Born May 9, 1931 in Aurora, Ill., Robert was the son of Leo J. and Gertrude (Modaff) Brummel of Naperville, Ill. Bob farmed in Rochester, Wis., after serving with the U.S. Army from Dec. 8, 1953 to 1955, stationed in Germany.

Bob married Patricia Kammes of Big Rock, Ill., on Nov. 29, 1958. In 1962, they moved to a farm south of Yorkville, owned by George M. Dickson.Together. they raised their eight children, the pride of his life.

In 1949, with the help of his brothers, Leo and Richard, they built seed cleaners for Brummel Seed Cleaning and built a strong business of which he was owner and operator for 56 years, supporting three generations of farmers.

Bob received the State Farmers Degree Award in high school. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Plano, Ill., where he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society, which he supplied sweet corn for their annual steak fry.  He was also a member of Yorkville Moose and Plano’s American Legion. He served as the director of the Yorkville Farmer’s Elevator, the Kentland Elevator and Grainco F/S.

As member of the Kendall County Farm Bureau, he was president for seven years and served on the Board of Directors for eight years. He was instrumental in starting the Farm Bureau Scholarship Program. His legacy will live on in the work he did, the people he impacted, the life he made for his family and the values he shared all who knew him.

He farmed the land all his life and had always said the best crop he ever raised was his eight children, homegrown with love with the help of his wife of 53 years, Pat. 

Bob also wanted to say thank you to all of the family and friends that made his life on this Earth great.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Gertrude; sister, Barbara and her husband, Richard Koretke and brother, Henry and his wife, Margaret Brummel of Kirkland, Ill.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; their children, James, Joanne (Roger) Kyrouac, Janelle (Tom) Weber, Gerald, Kenneth (Kay), Carole (John) Steagall, Connie (Gregg) Schoenrade, Colleen (Robert, Jr.) Browning, and their grandchildren, Randall and Hannah Brummel, Robert and Matthew Kyrouac, Paul (Sonya) and Michael Weber, Aidan Brummel, Richard, Laura, Susan, Rachel and Thomas Brummel, Kendrick and Katherine Steagall, James, Joseph and Jennifer Schoenrade, Robert III and Teage Browning; his brothers and their wives, Leo (Delores), Nick (Loretta), Ed (MaryAnn), Richard (Alice) and sister, Mary, and her husband ( Robert) Kammes.

Wake service will be held a from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Gerald Brummel’s shed at 10734 Lisbon Road, Yorkville. A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Visitation will also be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Plano.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plano, Ill. Father Andy Davy M.I.C. will officiate.

Burial will follow at Risen Lord Cemetery in Oswego.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held following the cemetery service at Gerald Brummel’s Shed.

To sign the online guest book, go to

Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 3952 Turner Ave., Plano, Ill., is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (630) 552-3022.

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