Bob McLean, 90, died peacefully in his home in Hartford on April 21,
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Elizabeth (nee
Logan) McLean; five brothers: Finlarig “Logan,” Menzi, Lockland “Scott,”
Arden and Thomas McLean; and his five sisters: Agnes Hegge, Margaret
Gates, Silver “Silvia” Saecker, Christine Metcalf and Iva Shish.
Bob was born on Feb. 16, 1923, in Whitewater. He graduated from high
school at the Whitewater State Teacher’s College, received his
bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his
master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Bob married Marilyn “Mitzi” (nee Unterholzner) McLean on July 3, 1953,
and they were married for 59 years, living in a variety of Midwest
cities and eventually settling in Hartford in 1971.
He started working for the Milwaukee Railroad the day after high school
and worked for them for 29 years with an interruption during World War
II when he served as a PFC from May 1, 1943, until his honorable
discharge in February 1946. After working for the railroad, he took a
job as school business manager at Hartford Union High School and worked
there for 17 years. Retiring from Hartford Union High School, he then
worked for Shorewood Schools as an interim business manager for one
He was proud of his Scottish heritage.
Bob took his family to Scotland to teach them about their heritage and
took his family to the Gulf Coast every year over spring break.
Everything he did revolved around his love for his wife and family.
Bob enjoyed helping others, was a member of the Hartford Rotary Club
since 1971, serving terms of every office in the club. He was also the
district financial officer for many years. One of the things he enjoyed
was working with people from other cultures. Bob and Mitzi invited many
Rotary international exchange students to live in their home over the
years and had two granddaughters that were exchange students through his
club. He was a United Way chairperson, a driver for the hospital van and
a Schauer Center volunteer.
He played sheepshead every third Thursday for 40 years and golfed with
his pals twice a week if the temperature was above 45 degrees.
Bob is survived by his wife, Marilyn D. (Unterholzner) McLean, his son
Dr. Andrew R. (Victoria) Mc-Lean, his daughter Dr. Elizabeth M. McLean,
his grandchildren, Mindy (Tony) Necci, Iva (Joseph) Plumley, Ginger
(Michael) Auchter, Ariana Allexi and Orion Allexi, and his
great-grandchildren Cole and Ava Auchter, and Madeline and Frederic
Family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, April 28 from 3-5
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hartford. A memorial
service will follow at 5 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Paul Johnsen will
officiate. Dinner will follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial, contributions may be made to Rotary
International or the First United Methodist Church in Hartford.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family.