Obituaries

Robert F. Mukenschnabl

November 19, 1940 - June 2, 2021

Robert “Bob” F. Mukenschnabl of St. Charles, Illinois passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the age of 80.  Born to Frank and Mary (Batista) Mukenschnabl, Bob was united in marriage to Cynthia Driessen June 9, 1984, in St. Charles, IL.

Bob attended Lewis University’s aircraft maintenance program, graduating in 1962. After passing all required examinations, Bob was awarded ‘Aircraft & Powerplant’ and ‘Inspection Authorization’ certificates by the Federal Aviation Administration. Bob was then hired by United Airlines to maintain the numerous and varied types of propeller and jet aircraft then in service.  He was also trained, and certified, as a pilot.

 In 1972, Bob opened his own maintenance facility/fixed base operation at DuPage Airport, ‘Mukenschnabl, Inc.’  With a work ethic like no other, Bob famously worked seven days a week, 365 days a year, from the day he opened the business until just two weeks prior to his passing.  In 2016, Bob was awarded the prestigious ‘Master Mechanic’ and ‘Master Pilot’ awards by the FAA in recognition of his superior knowledge, skill, and 50 years of continuous service to the aviation community.  Bob truly loved aviation and devoted his entire life to it.

Bob is survived by his wife Cynthia; his children, Robert (Tamara) Mukenschnabl and Matthew (Kandy) Muksnschnabl;  Anna (William) Callahan;  Ryan (Amy) Braman,  Michael Braman, and Heather (Kenneth) Haas, eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Donald (Judy) Mukenschnabl, George Mukenschnabl, Dorothy O’Reilly, and Mary Crawford, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Thomas Mukenschnabl.

Visitation will be held 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 South Third Street St. Charles, IL. 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 7, 2021, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Prairie Cemetery, St. Charles Township. 

Guest Book

  • bernadine strobel Bob and I are/were first cousins on his mothers side and my fathers. We were born 6 days apart and I was the oldest. After we grew up we drifted apart for many years. He stayed in Chicago and I moved to CA but we got together 14 years ago and it was great getting to know him as adults. We kept up our friendship over these years and will definitely miss him. Rest in Peace Bob but we will definitely meet again. Love your cousin Bernie
  • Nathan Volle Dear Cindy. Thank you for your years of loving care and partnership with Bob. Bob was a great, never-to-be-forgotten friend and mentor. Thanks for your large part in making that possible. God bless you! Nathan
  • Bruce J Lanphear If I were writing for The Readers Digest "Most Unforgettable Character" segment in the magazine. Bob or Muk as we called him, would be that person. A devoted Christian, caring husband, 7 day a week workaholic, perfectionist, teacher all rolled into 1, that was Bob. I first got to know him in 2000 when hired by DuPage Airport as the Chief Engr./Bldg. Mgr. He immediately tested me to see just how much "free" work he could get done at his hangar. That was yet another side of Bob. Thrifty he was. Sometimes I said yes, sometimes no,,, but never a cross word was uttered. It was,, the way it was. If someone owned a vintage plane, it was Bob's passion to fix it. Finding parts for the old birds was a game for him and boy, could he do it. He could tell great stories when, as a very young, freshly minted A&P mechanic at Midway, he was in awe when Mr. Howard Hughes taxied in one late night in his personal B25 and asked young Bob to change the spark plugs, "cause the starboard engine is running rough". I'm sure he did an excellent job. He was a fixture, and pillar of the airport and will be truly missed. I surely will miss him So, RIP my friend, see you at God's Airport in the Sky I hope someday. PS, Please don't argue with God on how to fix an airplane. Your friend, Bruce
  • Mike & Marilyn Kanak Cindy our hearts go out to you. Bob was our friend and neighbor. We will truly miss his wisdom, round table talks and his warm welcoming dinner invites. May God bless you Bob rest in peace. Mike & Marilyn Kanak
  • Ravinder Dhiman I met Bob last year at his shop when I dropped off my aircraft for first Annual inspection. He was charming, very helpful and straight shooter. I will miss him dearly. Thank you for keeping me safe in the sky Bob.
  • Bill Meier Bob was "one of a kind" at the DuPage Airport. He helped me with many airplane questions and issues over the years.
  • Loretto Walden Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I was the oldest of the cousins and remember babysitting him. I wasn't able to see him recently but have thought of him often. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
  • Paul Hummel I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. You are in my prayers.
  • Becky Weaver Bob was always such a delightful person. In the early 1980s he often ate at Inglenook Pantry when it was in Saint Charles. He always humored me about my dream to own a Jet, I remember when I met his future wife Cindy and how wonderful she was! I stopped by and visited him about 10 years ago and he was just as wonderful as ever! I never realized how talented he was until today, I feel honored to have known him and sending prayers to the family. So sorry for your loss
  • Tammi Conro We are so sorry for your loss!
  • Hadlai Hull Bob was an inspiration - a hard worker and a loyal friend. I will miss him for certain.