Robert ‘Bob’ LaPaz

Dec. 12, 1939 - July 17, 2011

Robert "Bob" LaPaz passed away July 17, 2011, at his Waukesha residence at the age of 71 years. Bob was born Dec. 12, 1939, the son of the late John and Sylvia (nee Schutta) LaPaz. Bob was a renowned jazz musician for many years and was well known throughout the area.

Bob is survived by his partner in life, Bonnie Florence. Bob is also survived by children Bill (Teri) LaPaz, Bobby (Lisa) LaPaz and Becky (Doug) McDowell and grandchildren Megan Horace and Olivia LaPaz and by former spouse Kathleen Martin. Bob is further survived by brothers Gerard "Jerry" (Jill) LaPaz and Leonard "Bucky" (Mary) LaPaz and by sisters Elizabeth LaPaz, Rosemary (Bruce) Larkin, Lorraine Prouty and MaryAnn "Annie" (John) Schroeder.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sylvia (Nee Schutta) LaPaz; brother John "Jack" and his wife, June LaPaz; sister Bernice Basham, brothers-in-law Duane Prouty and Fred Basham and by stepfather Clement Nettesheim.

Visitation for Bob will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha (four blocks south of Interstate 94 on the corner of highways J and JJ), with funeral services at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family to be used to establish a scholarship fund for an aspiring musician would be appreciated.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home, Waukesha, is handling the arrangements. For information or directions please call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com.