Robert J. Hansen
Nov. 13, 1936 - March 1, 2013
Robert J. Hansen, 76, of Delafield, was born Nov. 13, 1936, on Ormsby Street in Pewaukee, to John and Evelyn Hansen, and born to eternal grace at AngelsGrace Hospice and granted freedom from pain on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Judy, and his daughter, Kristen. Also surviving are his furry children, BG (a border collie mix) and Dante, the damn cat. He leaves behind his brothers, Harvey (Joanne) of Oshkosh, John (Dani) of Beloit, Joe (Kathy) of Spencer, Nels (Sue) of Hubertus; sister, Mary (Twig) Harnack of Chetek; and sister-in-law, Fern (Billy) Hansen of Chetek. He is further survived by his sister- and brother-in-law, Barbara and Roger Whitcomb of Pewaukee, as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and many friends, especially his young friend, Anna Hardacre of Indiana, who called him Mustache Bob because there were too many Bobs in the camping club.
Bob was a master of many things but would be best described as a over-the-road owner-operator of an 18-wheeler. He traveled to 49 of the 50 states as well as Mexico and Canada as he kept on trucking. After retirement, he continued to truck and travel but this time with Judy and BG and often Kristen in their 34-foot Bounder motor home seeing as much of America as they could.
Bob was proud of his service to our country in the U.S. Army for eight years active and then in the Air Force Reserve for two years. He spent three years in Germany patrolling the border during the Hungarian Revolt of the Cold War.
Bob was a longtime member of Pewaukee Masonic Lodge #246 serving three terms as Master of the Lodge and also a longtime member of Tripoli Shrine Valley of Milwaukee. He also belonged to Mid-America Bounders and enjoyed traveling to the campouts with the group. He was also a former member of the Milwaukee Roamers camping club and enjoyed campouts around Wisconsin.
Bob was preceded in death and will be welcomed by his parents, John and Evelyn; his brother Billy; and his in-laws, George and Millie Gendrich.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. service today, March 5, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. A Masonic service will also be held. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee, with military honors (please meet at the cemetery).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family will be distributed to some of Bobís favorite charities and to purchase a legacy stone at the Highground in Neillsville.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.