Robert Eugene Dorn
Dec. 31, 1946
April 23, 2017

Our beloved Bob passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017. His deep faith in God, positive, confident outlook, thoughtfulness, patience, kindness, and great sense of humor made him a unique man. Courage, quiet dignity, a valiant spirit, and strength from his faith in God helped him battle against tremendous odds. His spirit is now free.

Robert Eugene Dorn was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Watertown on December 31, 1946, to Eugene and Margaret Dorn. On December 28, 1968, during the worst blizzard in three decades, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Thorman.

Bob and Shirley raised three thoughtful and caring men Brady (Stephanie), Rob (Charidee) and Jeremy (Dawn), who have so blessed their lives. Their grandchildren, Logan, Hannah, Ethan and Avery brought so much joy, laughter and love. He is also survived by his mother, sister Vicki (Tom) Wilke, special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

His father preceded him in death.

Football, baseball and basketball were Bob’s passions. He was an outstanding athlete in all three sports from his early years in Lake Mills, through his college years at River Falls and Whitewater and beyond. He carried his love of athletics and his caring nature into his professional life as a teacher and coach for 30 years. Bob fulfilled two of his goals in retirement becoming a Florida snowbird and becoming a Disney cast member. Bob enjoyed experiencing unique travel adventures with Shirley, riding his Harley (with his "sidekick" Shirley), and trying to catch "that one big fish." Most important to Bob was his love for his family.

He was more than a husband and dad — he was a best friend. His spirit will live on in so many ways and in so many memories. Bob Dorn — deeply loved.

A memorial service will be held at White Stone Community Church, 2517 N. Dousman Road, Oconomowoc, on Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. Family and friends may call upon the family starting at 1 p.m.

Donations can be made to the Oconomowoc Gridiron Club, P.O. Box 490, Oconomowoc, WI 53066; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (;  White Stone Community Church, 2517 N. Dousman Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (;  or to a charity of your choice.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit