James Arthur Robarge

James Arthur Robarge, of Hartford, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Kathy Hospice, after 84 years of life.

James was born on May 17, 1924, the son of Arthur and Mary (nee McCarthy) Robarge in Milwaukee. He attended and graduated from Custer High School and honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After the service, he worked at Lynnís Filling Station. On July 19, 1947, he married Barbara Jean Johnson at St. Michaelís in Milwaukee. James went into the tile trade and dedicated 50 years of service, retiring in May of 1989. He enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, playing cards, socializing with friends and sometimes getting lost at 33rd and Jabirdie! James was a member of Local #5 Tile Setters Union, American Legion #522 Bark Lake of Hubertus.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Barbara J. Robarge; his children, James (Lisa) Robarge of Wausaukee, Paula (Terry) Lehn of Hartford, Pat Lehman of Cypress, CA, and John Robarge (dear friend, Jean) of West Bend; 16 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his pets, Hannah and Max; and siblings, Paul (Mary), Maggie (Donnie), and Katherine (Lee). He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other special relatives and friends and was preceded in death by his daughter, Carla Jean; parents, Arthur and Mary; two sisters, Virginia Raml and Phyllis Lamping; and his father- and mother-in-law.

The Robarge family would like to extend a special thank you to the Kathy Hospice, Horizon Hospice, Jack Gaynor, the Hartford Rescue Squad and Police Department, Denise Lenhardt of Theresa, and Brandon (Jackie) Lehman of Californina.

A funeral service in honor of James will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 3 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home (119 Kettle Moraine Dr. S., Slinger, WI 53086), with Chaplain Cheryl Matusiak officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2009, prior to the service, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend. Memorials are appreciated to the charity of your choice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.