Robert K. Horstmeier
Oct. 19, 1934 – March 19, 2014
Robert K. Horstmeier, 79, of Waukesha, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, just shy of his 80th birthday. He was born October 19, 1934, in Van Nuys, Calif., to Paul H. and Margaret E. Horstmeier (nee Hopkins). He moved with his brothers Paul and Laurence (Betsy) Horstmeier to Madison, where he graduated from Madison West in 1952.
He joined the Army during the Korean War as a MP where he received the UN medal, National Defense and Korean Service medal. On May 1, 1958, he joined the Waukesha Police Department and proudly served until October 19, 1989. During his tenure at the police department, he was a patrolman and then he earned the rank of detective on March 18, 1966. He was promoted to lieutenant on March 13, 1979, for the juvenile division. He graduated summa cum laude in criminal justice from Milton College in May 1979. He was instrumental in initiating the McGruff program and also held several bike rodeos for the city. He retired in 1989 after serving 30 years with the Waukesha Police Department. He was a faithful member of St. William Catholic Church, a member of The Soat Vergenz VFW Post #721 and The D.J. Martin American Legion Post #8. While retired, he enjoyed traveling, collecting watches and spending time talking smart.
On October 20, 1956, he married Sherry D. Biedenbender. She preceded him in death April 5, 1974. They had four children: Terry Jaeckel Risteen, Robin (John) Davidson, Diane (John) Kazmierski and James (Lisa) Horstmeier. On February 7, 1974, he married Joni B. Blando. She preceded him in death July 4, 2001. She had two sons: Greg (Patty) Blando and Anthony (Tony). On May 30, 2003, he married Marty Connors, who survives him. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Angela (Ryan) Kerrigan, Jennifer Blando, Mallory and Cody Davidson, Jake and Bob Kazmierski, Calvin and Travis Horstmeier and Samuel Blando; one greatgrandson, James Ryan (the lad) Kerrigan; and many nephews, nieces, other family and friends.
Visitation will be Monday, March 24, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 PM. Services continue on Tuesday at the funeral home with prayers at 9:15 AM followed by the procession to St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, for the funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Graveside services with full military and police department honors will follow at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.
The family would like to thank the VA palliative care unit 4C, Waukesha Memorial Hospital ICU and ER, Waukesha Fire Rescue, and Bill.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation, & Preplanning Services at 547-4035. Please visit www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online message.