Ronald J. Roebke

Ronald J. Roebke, 61, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 at Cedar Springs Health and Rehab Center of Cedarburg.

Ron was born on Sept. 9, 1945 to the late Wilbert and Evelyn Roebke (nee Schneider) in Milwaukee, and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1963.

He left for training in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1965.

He was a dedicated employee of Marcus Corp. Big Boy Restaurant for 33 years until they were sold. He started there as a bus boy, was promoted through district manager in Iowa for 12 years, and ended his career there as a food standards director in Milwaukee.

After that, he worked for Sundance Photo in Jackson as a route driver until retirement.

Ron was a member of Marcus Corp. 25-year Club, EAA, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Associ-ation and the North American Fishing Club.

His nickname was "Big Ron."

Some of Ron’s favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing, cheering for the home teams on sports, especially the Packers, Bucks and Brewers. He was also a very good photographer.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Helen (nee Miller); his daughter, Lisa Roebke; a granddaughter, Samantha "Sammy Jo;" a sister, Suzanne (Charles) Jacobson; siblings-in-law, Louis Miller, Ramona Kleman, James Jr. (Kathleen), Andrew, Bernadine and Daniel Miller; his mother-in-law, Mar-garet Frehler; and also his former wife, Patricia Roebke.

He is further survived by 20 nieces and nephews; 10 great-nieces and nephews; special friends, Dr. Duane (Candy) Jar-chow and John (Sonja) Kalian; and a cherished pet named Liberty.

He was preceded in death by his fathers-in-law, James Miller Sr. and Donald Frehler; a niece, Angela Miller; and many pets, including his favorite dog, Travis.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ron will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend.

Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services.

The visitation with family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 until 7 p.m.

Memorials are appreciated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cedar Springs Health and Rehab Center of Cedarburg, the staff of SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital, members of the Newburg Fire Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.