Robert M. "Bob" Gehrke

Funeral services for Robert M. "Bob" Gehrke will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church in Thiensville. Bob passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at the age of 60. Visitation will take place on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church. A second visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., prior to the funeral service. Interment will take place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

Bob was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 2, 1947, son of Stanley and Thekla (nŽe Krueger) Gehrke. He graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon. On June 15, 1968, he married Kathy Dornfeldt in Cedarburg.

Bob retired in May after 39 years as a supervisor for the Dept. of Public Works. He was a member of Thiensville Fire Department for 42 years, where he served as a lieutenant.

Bob enjoyed baseball, fishing, woodworking and building furniture. He was also a longtime summer resident of Florence, Wis., where many friendships were made.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kathleen (nŽe Dornfeldt) Gehrke of Thiensville; his daughter, Amy (Hans) Longo of Thiensville; his parents, Stanley (Eunice) Gehrke of Antigo and Thekla Gehrke of Mequon; his mother-in-law, Janice Rudolph of Grafton; his siblings, Roy (Marilyn) of Mequon, Susie (Tom) Cammeron of West Bend, Jim (Emily) of Mequon, Ted (Sue) of Mequon and Don (Cheri) Gehrke of Mequon; sisters-in-law, Mary (Willard) Bednarz of Kingsford, Mich., Kim (James) Robinson of O’Fallon, Mo.; and brother-in-law, Kurt (Lori) Rudolph of Port Washington. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends. For online condolences, visit