Robert Raymond Baertlein

Robert Raymond Baertlein, 74, of West Bend passed away on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer, at Froedtert Hospital with his family at his side.

Bob was born on Aug. 8, 1934 in West Bend to Edwin and Margaret (nee Gundrum) Baertlein.

After high school, Bob began a career as an assembly worker and machinist for Mercury Marine from 1952-1997 with 45 years of service. He also served his country in the Army National Guard.

On June 14, 1957, Robert married Delores Marie Buchelt, and was married for 51 years.

After marriage, Bob began a new chapter in his life raising a family. He enjoyed fishing and being with his best pal, Pepper, his dog, and going to the cabin. But mostly, he loved the times with his family.

Robert is survived by his wife, Delores; sons, Robert (Karen) of Colorado, Michael (Pam) of Marytown, Dan (Linda) of Madison and Curtis (Shelley) of Richfield. Also surviving Bob are his nine grandchildren, Brandon, Megan, Emily, Jesse, Jake, Josh, Aaron, David and Caitlyn; brother, Lee (Mary) of Mequon; sister, Eileen Harter of Fredonia; step-sister, Jeanne (Alex) Kaye of Campbellsport; sister-in-law, Betty (Ed) Bryant of Fond du Lac; sister-in-law, Barbara (Joe) Nastal of Arizona; brother-in-law, Ron (Angie) Buchelt of Wisconsin Dells; brother-in-law, Walter (Kathy) Buchert of Random Lake; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Robert in death were his parents; his son, Ron; sister, Laura; brother-in-law, Tom Larsen; father-in-law, Walter Buchelt; father-in-law, Hal Boettcher; and mother-in-law, Rose Boettcher.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at noon at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, West Bend. Interment will be at Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church only on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials to the family are appreciated and will be given to a charity at a later date.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at St. Joseph’s Cancer Clinic and special people in the SICU at Froedtert Hospital for their care of Robert. He will be forever loved and missed by those whose lives he touched, and there are many.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.