James Robbe, 79

James "Jim" Robbe of Hartford, 79, passed on to Eternal Peace Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Cedar Lake Health & Rehab Center in West Bend.

Jim was born in Chippewa Falls on Feb. 3, 1930. He grew up in the Eau Claire area and was an avid sportsman. Jim attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and graduated in 1950. He enlisted in the Navy and served his country aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway.

He was united in marriage to Helen Coffeen in 1952.

Jim joined his father-in-law, A.R. Coffeen, in the heavy construction business building bridges, freeways, and power plants with both the A.R. Coffeen Company and Shappert Engineering, Inc.

He established a life-long home in Hartford, where he raised his family and was active as a community organizer, Sunday school teacher, and co-founder and fundraiser for Hartford football. Robbe Athletic Field, in the town of Hartford, bears his name.

Jim had a great love of jazz and was a friend of Wisconsin great trumpet player, Dick Ruedebusch. His passions included hunting, fishing, traveling, and golfing with his beloved wife Helen. Jim was proud to make the maple syrup with his pals that made Hartford famous, which became a common holiday gift.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Helen; his sons, Scott, Royce and his wife, Donna, and their family, John, Jay and his wife, Francie, and their family; and his daughter, Angela and her husband, John, and their family.

Family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe St., Hartford.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Brian Kundinger officiating. A luncheon will follow the service.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.shimonfuneralhome.com