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“Bob was such a wonderful guy and I truly appreciated being a part of the church with him. He always had a smile and kind word. Bob and Shirley shared...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Ben Hollister - Chicago, IL

“Our sincere sympathy to Shirley and family. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Kenneth & Helga Huizenga and family - IL

“We will miss Bob. He stopped by when retiring from Dupont to see if I could use his help on the tree farm. We worked together for many years and...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Dean and Rosemary Huisingh - IL

“Remember our outings especially " Bears" ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: kenny Rekenthaler - Mt. Carroll, IL

“Sorry to hear about his passing. He has been in my prayers. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Janet Price - Albany, IL - Friend

“Sorry for your loss mrs.nowak ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Micheal,Elizabeth, and caydence Mulderink - WI


Robert Lee Nowak, age 82, of Fulton, passed away on March 28, 2022.
Robert was born June 10, 1939 to Lawrence and Hazel (Schmidecamp) Nowak. He was a 1957 graduate of the Stockton High School and served with the United States Army. Robert was employed with DuPont for 37 years.
Robert married the love of his life, Shirley Marie Hall, on July 18, 1964. Robert and Shirley were blessed with a 57 year marriage and were true soulmates.
Robert was a member of St. Mary's Church in Morrison, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for the homebound and the nursing home.
Robert lived in Garden Plain, Illinois for over 55 years and served many roles in the community, such as tax assessor and township clerk. He was a member of the Natural Area Guardian Association and enjoyed gardening and building bird houses. He was an Illini and Packers fan but above all, he cherished his family.
Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Nowak of Fulton; one son, David (Kim) Nowak of Salem, WI; one daughter, Maria (Ben) Brown of Wilton, IA; two grandchildren, Abigail and Colby Brown; and two sisters, Donna Domberger of Kent, IL and Ruth Reckenthaler of Lanark, IL.
Robert is preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn Tipton and Edie Heeren; and his brothers, Melvin, Bill, Lloyd, Earl and Laverne Nowak.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1601 16th Avenue, Fulton. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Church in Morrison with Reverend Slawomir Zimodro officiating. Burial will be at Garden Plain Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to St. Mary's Education Fund, Resthave Home or to the Nowak family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.