Robert E. ‘Bob’ Laetsch, 82

Robert E. "Bob" Laetsch, 82, of West Bend, found Eternal peace with God on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

He was born on July 8, 1928, in Milwaukee to the late Otto and Anna (nee Addicks) Laetsch. Bob was baptized as a child of God on Aug. 18, 1928, and confirmed on May 24, 1942, at Divine Charity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. On April 23, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lucille Doege. Bob served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He worked for the City of Milwaukee Police Department. Bob retired in 1981 and he and Lucie moved from Milwaukee to Minocqua. In 1994, they made West Bend their home.

Bob was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Zion Church Choir. He was a member of the Retired Police Association of Milwaukee, American Legion Police Post No.415 and WELSMEN.

Bob was the beloved husband of Lucie; loving father of Randall (D'Ann) Laetsch and Nancy (friend, Bert Joseph) Metcalf; adoring grandpa to Erin (Nathan) Williams and Kelsey Laetsch. He will also be remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Laetsch.

A Christian memorial service in remembrance of Bob will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6438 Highway D, Allenton. The Rev. Steve Bode will officiate. Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial to Zion Evalgeilcal Lutheran Church or Angels Grace Hospice are appreciated by the family.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guestbook and condolences may be found at