Robert T. "Doc" Kauth

Robert T. "Doc" Kauth, D.D.S. of West Bend, died peacefully at Kathyís Hospice surrounded by his family on Sunday June 24, 2007 at 87 years of age.

Bob was the sweetheart and loving husband to Elaine, his wife of 64 years.

Bob will by deeply missed by his wife and five children, Mike (Ellen) of Menomonee Falls, Kathy (Bob) Dums of Denton N.C., Patti (Dave) Bavlnka of Sun Prairie, Jon (Kay) of West Bend and Arleen "Dolly" (Tom) Steepy of Colgate.

Bob was born Aug. 5, 1919 to the late Dr. Philip M. Kauth and Mabel (nee Roddy) Kauth in the family home in Slinger.

Bob lived in Slinger until 1929 when the family moved to West Bend. He attended Holy Angles School and later graduated from West Bend High School in 1938.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from St. Norbert College in 1942. While in college he was active in R.O.T.C. and entered the United States Army as a second lieutenant upon his graduation.

He met his wife Elaine (nee Ewalt) of Green Bay while he was attending St. Norbertís and they were married Jan. 23, 1943 at Camp Maxey in Paris, Texas.

During World War II, Bob served in the United States Army Company A, 9th Infantry Regi-ment, 2nd Infantry Division (Indian Head).

Bob participated in the European Theater and landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on June 7, 1944.

He also fought in Northern France, Rhineland, Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes of Belgium and Germany.

He was discharged with honors in 1946 as a first lieutenant with five battle stars, a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster.

Upon graduation from Mar-quette Dental School in 1950, Bob opened his practice in Kewaskum and six years later he moved to West Bend where he eventually built his dental office onto his home on South Sixth Avenue.

In 1967 Bob was appointed to the position of postmaster of West Bend, which he held for 17 years until retiring in 1983.

Bob continued to practice dentistry during his tenure as postmaster and retired from dentistry in the early 1990s.

He was also active in many professional organizations up to his retirement, such as the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Toastmasters and the VFW.

Bob and Elaine have been members of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church since 1956.

Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom (at age 9), Philip Kauth of West Bend, Attorney Luke Kauth of West Bend and Dr. Charles (Mildred) Kauth of Port Washington; sisters, Gertrude "Dolly" (Jack) Killeen of Big Cedar Lake, Mary Jayne (Louis) Ottmer of Tampa Fla. (formerly of Big Cedar Lake) and Helene (Bud) Pfeffer of Chilton; and cousins, Ardell (Rita) Kauth of Florida (formerly of Grafton), Vernon (Marion) Kauth of Germantown and Marilyn Bernhardt of West Bend.

Bob was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mikeís children are Andy Kauth of Denver, and Amy (Tom) Brown Kauth of Chicago; Kathyís children are Dr. Rob (Dawn) Dums of Virginia and their daughters Emma and Eden, Kim (Greg) Overbay of North Carolina and their children, Grayson, Garrett and Cami, and Mandie (Stuart) Condie of North Carolina, and children Bryndl, Megan and Noah; Pattiís children are Kevin, Tim and Marc of Sun Prairie; and Jonís children are Katie and Emily of West Bend.

Bob is further survived by a sister-in-law, Barbara Kauth of West Bend; cousins, Dellora (Irv) Blanchard of Slinger and Dorothy (Ralph) Kohl of Rich-field; as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews, lifelong and new friends and neighbors.

Bob enjoyed life and his family. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his interest in people and politics.

He also was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk on Saturday night.

Many longtime residents of West Bend will recall Bob taking walks with "Schnapps," one of the three collie dogs he had over the years.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations be made to the Washington County Humane Society or The Kathy Hospice in Bobís name.

The Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, is assisting the family.

The family would like to Thank the Staff of The Kathy Hospice of Synergy Health for the care they gave Bob and the support they provided us.