Robert ‘Bob’ Bruce Amerson
Robert “Bob” Bruce Amerson, age 85, passed away on Sept. 23, 2014. Bob was a devoted lifelong member of the Baha’i Faith, his maternal grandmother being one of the earliest American Baha’is.
Bob was born in Chicago on June 8, 1929, to George and Gladys Amerson. Following WWII, Bob left high school early to enlist in the Army, serving in newly occupied Japan. Upon completing his service, he returned home and was granted his diploma. Bob married Bernita “Bea” Gleason in 1948. They lived and raised their family of five children in various Chicago area and southeastern Wisconsin communities over the years, including Racine, where Bob founded his first accounting practice. In 1973, they finally settled in Waukesha, where Bob started Amerson’s Tax Service, the business he would run for the next 30 years until his retirement.
Bob was a founding member of Waukesha Sunrise Rotary, and for a time served as its president. He served on the Waukesha Training Center board of directors, and was a dedicated volunteer at the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, where he also served as a board member for many years. He was the Baha’i representative to the Waukesha Ministerium for about 30 years, and was their treasurer for more than 10 years. Bob served on the Waukesha Spiritual Assembly, the elected local administrative body of the Baha’i community, for 40 years.
Bob and Bea were married for 66 years. Bob is survived by his wife, Bea; his sister, Shirley; and his children, Sheila, Terence, Nancy, Andrew and Robert, and their families.