Dr. Robert "Bob" Lewis Hetzer
Dr. Robert "Bob" Lewis Hetzer passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at the age of 88. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Bob at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6 at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church (1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg, WI 53012). Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., prior to the funeral Mass. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.
Bob was born in New London on Oct. 26, 1919, the youngest child of Francis Edward and Mary Frances Hetzer (nee Knapstein). He attended Most Precious Blood Catholic School and New London High School.
Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army-Air Corps in 1940. He was stationed in Europe during World War II, from 1943 until 1945. In June of 1953, Bob was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force as a captain. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, where he first started playing the tenor saxophone. Following the war, Bob enrolled in dental school at Marquette University, where he met a young and beautiful dental hygienist named Elaine Tittelfitz. Bob and Elaine got married on June 23, 1951. Together they raised seven sons, starting off their married lives in Omaha, Neb., then moving to Jefferson, and finally, in 1968, ending up in Cedarburg.
Bob was a devout member of St. Francis Borgia / Divine Word Catholic Church in Cedarburg, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
Bob was very competitive in everything he did, whether it was playing bridge or pitching baseball where he threw a mean knuckle ball and screw ball. His steadfast faith carried him through his bout with colon cancer and other tribulations in his life. He led an exemplary life for his children and grandchildren to follow.
Bob is survived by his seven sons and their wives, Daniel and Margaret, Michael and Kathryn, Mark and Candice, David and Jodi, Christopher and Jody, Joseph and Kimberly, Scott and Dana; along with 13 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Frederick Tittelfitz and his wife, Karen, and many loving nephews and nieces.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his siblings, Lucille Gross, Margaret Wudtke, Dorothy OíNeil, Edward, Katherine, Theodore and Raymond; and three grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bobís name to Saint Francis Borgia parish in Cedarburg would be accepted. For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
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