Richard ‘Rick’ Rombough

By on November 13, 2008

            Richard “Rick” Rombough, 55, of Maple Park, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital, Geneva, where he was taken Saturday following a ruptured brain aneurysm.   Stricken without warning, Rick died doing one of the things he loved best, tinkering with his car. 

            He was born in Sycamore on Feb. 18, 1953, the son of George E. and Alice  Josephine “Jo” (Bell) Rombough, Jr.   Rick grew up in Maple Park and graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1971. After high school, he began working at Turner Brass in Sycamore and through the years, worked a variety of jobs throughout the area, including Countryside Pools and the Sale Barn, both in Maple Park, Mac Tools of Cortland and currently, Car Quest Auto Parts in Sycamore. Always ready to lend a hand, his fingerprints could be found on many projects, from antique tractors to the Harvel’s monster truck, “Blue Max.”

            A White Sox fan all the way, Rick loved nothing better than bantering with his Cub-fan friends. 

            Softball was his game, however, and legend was his name among DeKalb-Sycamore teams. At bat, he was renowned for his ability to place the ball in any field and, on a signature triple, call a time-out at second to bring in a pinch runner. It was, in fact, at a ball game that his future sister and brother-in-law introduced him to his future bride in the summer of 1989. A slightly shy Kathy Wig, caught Rick’s heart at that game and they were wed on Jan. 25, 1991. 

            They made their home in Maple Park in the same house that had been home to Rick from the day he was born. Rick loved Kathy deeply, and though their personalities were opposites, it was those very “opposites” that forever attracted their hearts to each other. The ever upbeat, ready to give a “ribbing” Rick, had a tender side that showed itself both at home and with family members as he cared for his aging parents, and later, his mother-in-law. The reflective Rick enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews, talking things over while waiting for the “big one” to bite. 

            In addition to his wife Kathy, he is survived by three siblings, Donna (Orval “Pete”) Peterson of Huntley, Ill., Shirley (William “Hank”) Perkins of Sycamore and James “Jim” (Carol)  Rombough of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, Donna’s: Brian and Jean Peterson and their children, Nathan, Austin, Elliot and Jack; Jeff and Jen Peterson; Steve Peterson and his son, Blake; Shirley’s: Bill Perkins and his daughter, Samantha; Jim’s: Bette and Mark McCabe, and their sons, Jacob and Michael; three aunts, Ann Mathys of St. Charles, Mary Snow of Aurora and Eleanor Peterson of Burlington, Ill.; his father-in-law, James Wig of Sycamore, two sisters-in-law and their families, Cynthia “Cindy” Wig of Sycamore, and her son Christopher Wig; Mary (Curt) Biarnesen of Sycamore, and their daughters, Jessica and Tracy (Robert “Bobby”) Biarnesen, as well as their children, Rebecca and Leland; one brother-in-law, James “Jim” (Amy) Wig of Surprise, Ariz. and his son, Hunter; many cousins and a countryside of friends.

            He is preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Grace Wig.

            Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, where the Rev. Mark Meyers, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, will officiate. Services will be webcast live at and available for on-demand viewing the next day. Following cremation, private family committal ceremonies will later be held.

            A memorial has been established in Rick’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Rick Rombough Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at For information call (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.