Robert J. Kirsten

Robert J. Kirsten of Pewaukee passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, surrounded by his loving children, including sons Bob and John and daughters Kathy and Angie, at age 86. He was born May 16, 1924.

He also is survived by his brother, Oscar R. (Audrey) Kirsten; sisters, Joan (Eugene) Griswold and Bernice Zimmerman; and a special granddaughter, Natalie. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria (nee Boettcher), and his mother and father, Rose E. and Oscar W. Kirsten.

Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a gunnery instructor for three years. He was employed at Dynex-Rivett in Pewaukee as a mechanical draftsman for 25 years. After retirement in 1989, he continued to work part-time at home as a patent draftsman. With his mechanical expertise and artistic eye, he produced hundreds of drawings of the highest quality. He had a hand in drawing the patents for many devices that were eventually marketed. He continued to work until several months before his death.

He dedicated many years of service to the Potawatomi Area Council of Boy Scouts, serving as commissioner for several of those years. He was a member of the Inter-Church Lay Council for 35 years, acting as treasurer for 27 years. He also volunteered many hours at the Pewaukee Food Pantry. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved nature. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family at his beloved cabin up north in Butternut, fishing, boating and tackling many fix-it projects. He also enjoyed fishing and puttering around at his old "boathouse" on the Wolf River in Winneconne with his brother.

He was a faithful, longtime member of Galilee Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council and many other committees. He was an avid walker. In recent years, he was especially fond of taking hikes at Simmons Woods in Pewaukee. He was always excited to share a story about a new deer trail he had discovered, a hawk’s nest he had spotted or how many great blue herons were nesting in the rookery.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. until the 5:30 p.m. memorial service Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Galilee Lutheran Church, N24-W26430 Crestview Drive, Pewaukee.

Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to Galilee Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

Yonke & Son Funeral Home in Pewaukee, 691-1900, is serving the family.