TBC Corp. announced the death of Robert R. Schoeber, a former member of the board of directors. He was 77.
“We have lost a very good friend of the TBC family and of me personally,” said Larry Day, TBC chairman of the board and CEO. “Bob was a great leader, a highly regarded professional, a loving family man and a friend to everyone he met. We will truly miss him.”
Schoeberl began his lifetime career in the automotive retail industry in 1955, when he joined Montgomery Ward & Company in merchandising and marketing management. After nearly 40 years with Montgomery Ward, he retired in 1994 as the executive VP and general merchandise manager of automotive, electronics, and appliances. His noteworthy career in retail led him to a consulting profession after retirement where he worked with such companies as Rayovac, Armor All, and Midas.
While with Midas, Inc., Schoeberl served as lead director, member of the compensation committee, member of the nominating and corporate governance committee, and member of the audit & finance committee at various times from 1998 to 2006.
He was an active member of the TBC Corp. board of directors starting in 1995. He was also a member of the board of trustees of Mount Mercy University, the automotive aftermarket foundation, and the former chairman of Lund International Holdings Inc.
Schoeberl ‘s family, friends, and his philanthropic endeavors, along with golf, were his passions in life. He was a member of Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill., and Collier’s Reserve in Naples, Fla. Over the years, he served as a lector at many Catholic churches and was a strong supporter of the Over the Rainbow Association.
Bob was the beloved husband of Nancy Heche Schoeberl and the late Patricia “Pat” (nee Ferrie) Schoeberl, and is survived by his daughter Elaine (Brett) Trainor of Wheaton, Ill., and his grandchildren Madeline, Sydney and Emma.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Robert R. Schoeberl can be made to the Northwestern Scleroderma Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Contributions will be used to further research and education efforts.