June 15, 1912 - July 12, 2009
Robert Raschka, Bob (with one "o"), after a long and happy life, entered the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 12, 2009, at the age of 97.
Robert is the beloved husband of Ellen (nee Schuyler) and wonderful father to Carol Anderson, Jerry of Pewaukee, Chet (Pattie) of Ventura, Calif., and Marvin (Ronna) of Dousman. He is survived by grandchildren, Jeff (Deb), Brian (Karen), Terry (Ron) Hahn, Karen (Bryan) Schindler, Russel (Anna), Eric (Chizuka), Jason (Mindy), Greg (Jenny) and Erin; and great-grandchildren, Danyelle, DeAnna, Christopher, Michael, Nicole, Jessica, Brandon, Christopher, Zackary and Cayden; and one sister, Joanne (Dick) Hass of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Josephine (nee Yanda); brothers, Charles and Frank; sister, Emily Pritchard; son, Raymond; and great-grandson, Anthony Hahn.
Bob was married to his lifelong sweetheart, Ellen (nee Schuyler). They would have celebrated their 72nd anniversary on Aug 6. They were the first couple married in the Dousman Presbyterian Church. In 1929, at the age of 17, he received an apprenticeship from Super Steel Co. as a sheet metal worker. Bob was an A-1 welder for the government during World War II, making special bombs for our military. He also helped build skylights, such as the Milwaukee Mitchell Domes and Johnson Wax building in Racine. He retired after 48 years there, then went to work at Pritchardís True Value in Hartland for another 20-plus years.
There is a plaque with his name and Ellenís, in the garden at the historical Clark House in Pewaukee, for helping set up the flower garden. He loved woodworking, fishing and belonging to Lunkers Fishing Club for many years. Cooking chicken and corn on bed springs for family reunions was as far as his cooking talent went.
Those that knew Bob fell in love with him. His sense of humor was infectious - wiggling his ears for anyone pleased him to no end. He was quiet, strong, honest, caring and never said a bad word about anyone. He lived his life as a true Christian. His quiet ways drew small children to his lap.
A special thanks to Joan Carr - we are so blessed that you have joined our family. Couldn't have done all of this without your help. Also, it all of the wonderful people at the Caring Place in Waukesha. You all kept Bob going and so happy. He truly enjoyed each and every moment there. Ronna, thank you so much for all your help the last three years. The wonderful angels from the Rolland Nelson Cross Road Hospice. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the loving and caring. You all did a splendid job, Karen, Barth, Kathy, Rochelle, Candy, Larry and others. The gentlemen, from Riches Barber Shop for helping and being gracious for his trips, especially when it kept getting harder for him to get around,
Per Bobís request there will be no services at this time. He will be cremated. When the time is right, he and his love, Ellen, will be buried together.
Evert-Luko Funeral Home, 170 Warren Ave., Hartland, is serving the family. For more information, please call 367-2156 or visit www.evertlukofuneralhome.com.