Robert E. McCartney Jr.

March 19, 1945 - July 13, 2006

Robert E. McCartney Jr., 59, a long-time resident of the town of Ixonia, went home to be with his God on July 13, 2006, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Born on March 19, 1945, in Milwaukee, he was the son of Robert E. McCartney Sr. and Leona (nee Butler) McCartney of Ellenton, Fla.

He attended Catholic grade school in Milwaukee and graduated from St. Francis Seminary. After a short time spent teaching in the Milwaukee area, he began his professional career in insurance claims. Bob and his wife of 38 years, Mary, lived briefly in Detroit, where their two children were born. They returned to Milwaukee for a short time before moving to Ixonia, where they spent the balance of their married life.

Bob rose steadily in the insurance claim profession and spent more than 25 years in various management level positions, though he passed away before he was able to reach retirement. He studied for the original Permanent Diaconate class for the Milwaukee Archdiocese. While devoting nearly 10 years as a member of Ixonia Sanitary District II, he reached the position of president and oversaw construction of a sewer there. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, maintaining his home and helping and encouraging neighbors and friends. Bob had a special affinity toward children and spent many years playing Santa Claus for "Children of All Ages" in the Oconomowoc and Watertown areas.

Survivors include his loving wife Mary (nee Simonis); his son, Kevin (Maureen) of Brooksville, Fla.; his daughter, Colleen (Richard Lloyd-Roberts) McCartney of Glendale, Calif.; his father, Robert E. McCartney Sr. of Atlanta; his brother, Richard (Lorraine) of Atlanta and his sister, Kathleen (James) Topczewski of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Also surviving are three grandchildren.

Preceding him in death is his mother, Leona McCartney.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 211 S. Main St., Oconomowoc, with the Rev. John Yockey officiating. Friends and family may visit Schmidt & Bartelt-Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, when there will be a prayer service. Final rest will be at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia at a later date.

Memorials are suggested by the family to AngelsGrace Hospice.

In addition to the outstanding medical care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff of ProHealth Center in Oconomowoc, the family would like to express particular thanks to the many doctors, nurses, technicians and staff at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin and AngelsGrace Hospice for their skill and dedicated care of their husband and dad throughout the years of his illness.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc, is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459.