Robert H. Gerber
Aug. 7, 1923- June 10, 2006
Robert Harrison Gerber, 82, formerly of Waukesha, Rochester and Racine, passed away June 10, 2006, in Green Bay at the home of his daughter, Cindy (Jim) Mueller.
Born on Aug. 7, 1923, in Rochester, he was the son of Leon and Rose (nee Zielinski) Gerber.
From Nov. 2, 1943, to April 1, 1946, during World War II, Bob served proudly in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He was awarded the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon and the WWII Victory Ribbon.
Upon returning home, he was employed by Modine Manufacturing until his retirement in 1985. Bob was a member in good standing with the UAW-AFL-CIO for more than 40 years, and served as union president for many years.
On Feb. 12, 1949, Bob united in marriage with Betty Jane Blodgett, and they were married for 57 years before her death Feb. 22, 2006. He and his wife and children resided in Crestview for many years before buying a small farm in Rochester in 1960, where he became known as ﾒthe Gentleman Farmer.ﾓ He later served as constable in the township of Rochester from 1975 to 1993.
A lover of baseball, Bob played semi-professionally as a pitcher with the Racine Redbirds, a team managed by his late brother Cal Gerber. Many summer days and nights were spent playing his favorite sport. His interest continued as he later became an umpire for the Racine Recreational Department, overseeing many softball games for years.
Bob will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and a dear friend to many.
Survivors include his children, Cara (Mark) Rogers of Rochester, Bob (Pat) Gerber of Rochester, Mary (Kit) Heinen of Burlington, Cindy (Jim) Mueller of Green Bay and Mark Gerber of Waukesha; his special friend, Shawn Stib; his 13 grandchildren; his 9 great-grandchildren; his sister, Valarie Jaskulske; his brother, Lee Gerber; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and dear friends.
Bob was predeceased by his dear wife, Betty Jane; his granddaughter, Ashley; his brothers, Calvin, Fred, Glen, Clinton, George and William; his sisters, Evelyn and Gladys; and his parents, Leon and Rose Gerber.
Visitation and memorial services will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peterﾕs Church, 145 S. 6th St., Waterford. A private interment with full military honors will be held at a later date at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Peterﾕs Church or to the Alzheimerﾕs Association, 6130 W. National Ave., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.
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