Robert ‘Bob’ J. Schanen, 50

After a valiant fight with cancer, Robert “Bob” J. Schanen, of the Flying S Ranch in the town of Grafton, passed away at his home Sunday morning, April 11, 2010. He was 50 years old.

Bob was born in Port Washington, the son of Francis and Dolores Wegner Schanen on March 9, 1960. His entire life revolved around the ranch on which he grew up, and later raised his own son. Bob was united in marriage with Holly Veloon on June 20, 1992, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington. The couple lived for six years in West Bend, but returned to live on the family ranch. Bob was responsible for the “farming” part of the ranching operation and enjoyed animals both big and small, as well as working the land and taking care of his flowers.

Bob liked hunting and fishing, however his favorite thing in life was being a dad. He was well known by many for his love of teasing and had a special gift with children.

He is survived by his wife, Holly, and their son, Josey, of the town of Grafton; his father, Francis (Mabel) Schanen, and sister, Shawn (Lance) Johnson, both of the town of Grafton. He is further survived by his parents-in-law, Melvin and Elnora Veloon of Hartford; five sisters-in-law, Paulette Veloon of Whispering Pines, N.C., Pamela (Tom) Tarczewski of Greenfield, Norine (Roger) Cross of Chapel Hill, N.C., Rae Veloon of Grafton and Heidi (Girish Bhat) Veloon of Madison; aunt, Anne Wegner of Cedarburg; uncle, Roy (Doris) Wegner of Grafton; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bob also leaves many “barn friends,” all of whom were important to him in so many ways. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dolores.
Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. today, April 15, at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington. The Rev. Luke Emrich will officiate the service. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Josey Schanen Education Fund or to New Life Church in West Bend.

Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is serving the family.