Robert W. Koczka

Robert W. Koczka, 42, of West Bend, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2006, at SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1964 in Port Washington to William and Judith (nee Morauski) Koczka.

Robert was raised in West Bend and graduated from West Bend West High School in 1982.

While he was in high school, Robert began working for City Bakery in West Bend.

In 1984, at the age of 20, Robert and his partner Rich Schommer purchased the Janzer Bakery in Hartford and became the co-owners of the Hartford Old Fashioned Bakery.

He and his partner eventually purchased City Bakery in West Bend and changed the name to Old Fashioned Bakery as well.

A short time later the Hartford Bakery was sold and the two ran the Old Fashioned Bakery from their one location on Main Street in West Bend.

Robert loved being outdoors. He enjoyed playing softball in the summer and hunting in the fall. He especially loved bow hunting and turkey hunting.

Robert is survived by his loving mother, Judith Koczka of Rhinelander; two sisters, Laura (Jim) Perket of Three Lakes, and Cheryl (Jerry) Hirman of Rhinelander; a niece, Nichole Perket of Three Lakes; four nephews, Dustin Perket of Three Lakes, and Justin, Christopher and Ryan Hirman of Rhinelander.

He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Ruth Hartwig of Three Lakes; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his father, William; maternal grandfather, Peter Morauski; maternal step-grandfather Fred Hartwig; paternal grandparents, Bill and Lois Koczka; and his uncle, Allen Koczka.

A service of celebration in honor of Roberts’s life will be held on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home in West Bend.

Family friend Jim Herther will officiate.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting the family.

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