Robert E. Eernisse ‘Rube,’ 91
Robert E. Eernisse “Rube” of Grafton passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013,
at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old. Bob
was born in Grafton on July 20, 1922, the son of Oscar Eernisse and Viola
Staewin Eernisse. After graduating from Grafton High School, Bob served his
country with the U.S. Navy as a Seabee in World War II. On April 17, 1945,
he married Marvelle Hilgart at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. She
preceded him in death in 2012.
He was an avid athlete, active in basketball, baseball, boxing, volleyball
and bowling. He was an all-star pitcher for Land O’ Lakes baseball for many
years. He also played softball for the Grafton Bowl team until he was 80
years old. Rube had a passion for baseball and was able to attend Milwaukee
Brewers spring training in Arizona the past three years with his family.
Bob worked as a material handler for Simplicity Manufacturing in Port
Washington for 25 years, retiring in 1987.
Rube was a 59-year member of the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department where he
was the village of Grafton fire inspector for over 20 years. The fire
department was a very important part of his life. He enjoyed the camaraderie
and brotherhood that the department afforded.
Bob was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Rose-Harms American
Legion Post 355 and the Grafton-Cedarburg Post 10171 Veterans of Foreign
He is survived by his seven children, Lynn Mary Holzer of Grafton, William
(Nadine) of Grafton, Bruce “Virgil” (Janice) of Cleveland, Tenn., Brian
(Becky) of Oostburg, Laurie (David) Schwalbe of Grafton, Lee Anne Reif of
Grafton and Lisa (Randy) Mueller of Saukville; 23 grandchildren; 28
great-grandchildren; his sister, Ruth (the late Clarence) Fiedler of
Hartford; his brother. James (Carol) Eernisse of Waubeno; sisters-in-law,
Georgia Eernisse of Cedarburg, Jean Eernisse of Port Washington, Marceline
(Leroy) Paulin of Grafton, Beatrice Blank of Sanibel Island, Fla., Beverly
(Eugene) Proefrock and Marilyn Clemins of Grafton; brother-in-law, James
(Lucille) Hilgart of Grafton; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marvelle; three sons, Joseph, Robert
Jr. and Bert; daughter-in-law, Linda; and two brothers, Earl and Donald
Funeral services will be held this evening, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul
Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton. He will be laid to rest with
military honors at St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Grafton. Visitation will be
held at the church today, Sept. 3, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of
flowers, memorials are suggested to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
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