Robert E. Black

Robert E. Black of Waukesha, age 80, died on July 1, 2012.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Gletha M. (Bolinger) Black, four children and seven grandchildren. The coupleís children are daughter Susan (Donald) Edwards of Austintown, Ohio; son William (Kathy) Black of Pewaukee; son Christopher (Lonna) Black of Wichita, Kan.; and daughter Sally (Mark) Schultz of Delafield. The grandchildren are Jonathon Edwards, Stephanie Edwards, Michelle Edwards, all of Youngstown, Ohio, and Lane Schultz, Taylor Schultz, Dana Schultz and Cara Schultz, all of Delafield. He was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Marguerite Black, and sister Peggy Darr, all of North Webster, Ind.

Born near North Webster, Ind., he graduated from North Webster High School in 1949 and enrolled in Manchester College, North Manchester, Ind. Robert met Miss Bolinger there; they married in 1953. He graduated in 1953 with a bachelorís degree, earned the masterís degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1955 and was drafted into the U.S. Navy later that year. He served as a laboratory analyst at the Armed Services Medical Procurement Agency, Brooklyn, N.Y., and advanced to the rate of HM3. After naval service, Robert held applied research and engineering jobs with four major corporations, published several technical articles and was granted four patents.

His favorite job was at Rauland Division of Zenith Electronics, where he helped perfect night-vision devices for American forces to use in the Vietnam war. These same devices were also used in the first Iraq war 20 years later. He resumed working in his specialty, radiation safety, in 1983 at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee. Later he became radiation safety officer at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, from which he retired in 1996. Beginning in 2009, he worked for several years as a part-time physics instructor at Sanford-Brown College, West Allis.

Robert was an active volunteer for the Republican Party, and a certified Free Flight Contest director for the Bong Eagles Model Airplane Club. He was dedicated to supporting many overseas missions, chief among them efforts in Tajikistan. He also respected and supported the work done by The Womenís Center of Waukesha.

Robert was a member of the eternal Church, Elmbrook branch. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Missions Fund, Elmbrook Church, Brookfield.

There will be a visitation on Friday, July 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, (corner of highways J & JJ).

There will be additional visitation on Saturday, July 7, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 4 p.m. at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield. Interment will take place on Tuesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove.