ROCHELLE — Steven William “Tobe” Tobler, 64, passed away at his home, Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born Sept. 16, 1952 in Rochelle, the son of William and Olga (Freschi) Tobler. He was united in marriage to Pamela Dobbeke on July 31, 1976 in Tampico.
Steven is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Tobler; and father-in-law Fred Dobbeke
Steven, like his four boys, attended Kings School, where he later served as president of the school board for 12 years. He graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1970. He was a lifelong resident of Rochelle, where he grew up and worked on his family farm. He could always be found working in his shop, where he could literally fix anything. He was highly regarded by his family, especially his grandkids, for his spot on Donald Duck impression. Steven enjoyed the outdoors and long drives through the country, often to White Pines for dinner with his beloved wife “Palomino” of nearly 41 years.
A hardworking man of few words, Steven made an impact on so many family, friends and neighbors. Always willing to lend a hand, offer advice or crack a joke, he was a friend to many and will forever be remembered and missed by all.
Steven is survived by his wife, Pamela; four children, Brian (Heather) Tobler of Rochelle, Jeffrey (Kim) Tobler of Los Angeles, Calif., Daniel (Niki) Tobler of Davis Junction and Adam Tobler of Davis Junction; four grandchildren, Taylor, Alexis, Allie and Emma and a grandson due this fall; four sisters, Willa Hood of Elk Grove Village, Carol Pretzer of Lindenwood, Julie Mann of Chana and Sue (Phil) Meister of Diamond Bar, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Carol Tobler of Hemet, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Clara Dobbeke of Deer Grove; the Dobbeke family; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth Street in Rochelle. Visitation will be from 3 to 6:45 p.m. immediately prior to the service at the funeral home. The family requests everyone attending to wear casual attire. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Ogle County 4-H Foundation.
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