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Robert F. Carr, 92

Robert F. Carr, 92, of Woodstock, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, peacefully surrounded by his family.

He was born April 3, 1928, in Cicero, Ill., to Maurice T. and Bess (Foster) Carr.
Bob, as he was known to his family and friends, was very involved in the community of Woodstock, Ill., where he spent most of his adult life with his wife and children. He helped to found the Townsquare Players at the Woodstock Opera House, where he acted and created the sets for the plays they performed. Bob was known to play Scrooge on the Woodstock Square at Christmastime. He was an artist and a lover of music. He could play the piano, the harmonica, and almost any stringed instrument, but his favorite was the standup bass. He and his wife, Gloria, ran an antique store for a number of years out of the old Lutheran Church. His artistic legacy survives in his children and grandchildren.

Bob was the last of his five siblings to pass. He self-published a small book about his life and family, growing up during the Depression, called “My life so far.” He served in the armed forces during the Korean War. Afterward, he attended art school and then met and married Gloria Reiner in 1956. Their plan for six children was slightly thwarted when Eric, the youngest, joined the gang and became their seventh. Bob held many positions in his career spanning advertising, real estate, and sales. He was an avid collector of military uniforms, magic tricks, and musical instruments.

He will be remembered as an imaginative man who taught his children so many lessons throughout life. He encouraged his family, taught them games (animal, vegetable, or mineral?), and brought music, poetry, and laughter into their lives. As Bob would say, third line, splash of vermouth, extra olives! Bah, Humbug.

Bob is survived by his wife, Gloria Carr; his children, Kevin (Denise) Carr, Keith (Christie) Carr, Heather (Ilan) Avnieli, Gregory Carr, Victoria (Michael) Brendel, Christopher (Kathleen) and Eric (Shana) Carr; grandchildren, Julian, Savannah, Daniel, Sydney, Mary, Sarah, Robby, William, Dorian, Christopher, Grace, Morgan, Alegria, Hunter, Alex, Peter; and great-grandchildren, Kaia, and Aeson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services were held for the family. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a future post-pandemic date.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to his memorial fund at

For more information, call the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710; or visit

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