Robert D. Blackburn, 87

Robert D. “Bob” Blackburn, age 87, of West Bend, formerly of Milwaukee and Eau Claire, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born on Oct. 11, 1927, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the late Robert J. and Marie (nee Steusel) Blackburn, and moved to Milwaukee at an early age. Bob served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

On June 16, 1951, Bob was united in marriage to Leatrice Connors at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death in 2010. Bob was later united in marriage to Kathy Ewert on June 9, 2012, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Hubertus.

Bob spent his career serving with the Milwaukee Police Department, retiring from the detective division in 1980. During his time on the Milwaukee Police Department, Bob helped develop the Milwaukee Police Scuba Search and Rescue Team. In 1981 he moved to Eau Claire and taught criminal science at Chippewa Valley Technical College until retiring in 1995. He moved to Cedar Community in West Bend in 2007.

Bob was a member of the Professional Policeman’s Protective Association, and the EAA. For many years he served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. He enjoyed fishing, the Green Bay Packers and time with his family. Bob had a passion for flying and enjoyed his trip on the World War II Honor Flight. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two sons, Steven Blackburn of Merton, and Robert Blackburn of Sussex; four stepchildren, Ralph (Janet) Ewert of Menomonee Falls, Douglas (Denise) Ewert of West Bend, Paul Ewert of North Lake and Stanton Ewert of West Bend; four grandchildren, Alex (fiancée Samantha), Austin, Allison (fiancé Michael) and Chais; six step-grandchildren, Jason (Annie), Ame, Russell (Krista), Emily (Mario), Alex and Annah; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister Barbara, and a brother, Tom.

A gathering with family and friends to celebrate Bob’s life will be held from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Family Center at Wisconsin Memorial Park (13235 W. Capital Drive, Brookfield).

Memorials to Sacred Heart Hospital (900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire WI, 54701-9904), Partners in Caring at Cedar Community (5595 Highway Z, West Bend, WI 53095) or the charity of your choice are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral Service of West Bend is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at