Obituaries

Arnold R. Schenk

Born: May 23, 1918

Died: April 18, 2017

Services: A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Elmhurst, 235 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst, with a reception to follow at the church from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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Arnold R. Schenk of Elmhurst, May 23, 1918 - April 18, 2017, passed away following a decline in his health. His wife of 75 years, Dora, passed away in January of this year. He is survived by his four children: Ron (Charlotte) of Dallas, Texas; Nancy (Jack) Kalionzes of Leavenworth, Washington; Phil (Devney) of Elkview, West Virginia; and Barbara (the late Marty) Ferguson of Deerfield, Illinois; grandfather of Nathan, Ashley, Becca (Marc), Zee, Paul (Carrie), Mark and Tom (Emily); great grandfather of Ben, Matt, Claire, Charlie and Lily.
Service to community and church, involvement with family, support of orchestra and opera in the Chicago area, engagement in travel to experience history and natural beauty, and a rich home life ...these elements came to light in the person of Arnold Schenk.
Arnold attended high school and junior college in the Morgan Park area of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1939, where he met Dora. His love of Boy Scouting led him to a career with the Boy Scouts of America. During the following 42 years Arnold held executive positions in Peoria IL, Beloit WI, Alton IL, and Madison WI. Later he was on the Region 7 staff based in Oakbrook, IL, the Chicago Area Council, and a national representative of Boy's Life Magazine.
Arnold's dedication to community service manifested itself in his involvement in the Rotary Club of Elmhurst, Boy Scout Retiree programs, service in many capacities with the First Congregational Church of Elmhurst, Walk-In Ministry, Elmhurst College and Community Committee, and other organizations.
Arnold's love of symphonic and operatic music as well as his organizational capabilities benefited the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra where he was a board member for many years and the Chicago Lyric Opera for which he lectured locally to give background information on current performances.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Elmhurst, 235 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst, with a reception to follow at the church from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, https://rmconservancy.org/. Arrangements by Ahlgrim Funeral Home. Info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.


Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, https://rmconservancy.org/.



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