Robert H. Blockel Jr., ‘Bobby,’ 53
April 10, 1962 -- Aug. 3, 2015
Bob Blockel, of Salisbury Street in Newburg, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend on Monday evening, Aug.3, 2015. He was 53 years old. Bobby was born in Chicago on April 10, 1962, the oldest son of Robert H. and Janet Brooks Blockel. The family moved from Park Ridge, Ill., to Waukesha and later to Cedarburg in 1971. Bobby attended Cedarburg schools and was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team his entire high school career.
Following graduation, Bobby joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning home, Bob worked at Trak International/Sky Tech in Port Washington and later, Desert Aire in Germantown. He had lived in Grafton and Jackson before moving to Newburg in 2011. Mr. Blockel enjoyed golf when he was younger and had been a great dancer. He enjoyed working on cars, watching “Jeopardy,” Elvis Presley movies (his favorite was “Blue Hawaii”) and spending time with his cats. Bob was a huge Chicago sports fan and was passionate about the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks.
Mr. Blockel is survived by four sisters: Mary Pat (Scott) O’Donnell of Brown Deer, Cynthia (Jeff) Nesser of Hartland, Lori (Andrew Smith) Blockel of Waukesha and Robin (Jim) Haley) of Port Washington; and brother, Steve (Deanna LaBonte) Blockel of West Bend. He is further survived by 10 nieces and nephews: Brian White, Bree (Justin) Raglin, Ryan Blockel, Justin (Morgan) Nesser, Matthew Nesser, Maria Helmstetter, Chase Parker, Derek and Sean Haley and Alyssa Blockel; five great-nieces and nephews: Owen, Wyatt, Lilli, Braden and Cole; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1375 Covered Bridge Road in Cedarburg.
Father Tom Eichenberger will preside. Bob will be laid to rest with military honors in the parish cemetery beside his parents. The family will receive visitors Thursday, Aug. 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, and Friday morning from 9:30 until time of services at the church. Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers. The family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to the following people for their help and care of Bobby: Horizon Home Care & Hospice, especially Linda, Mickie and Alyssa; Caring Hands of Hope, especially Sarah, Carrie and Britta; Zablocki VA Medical Center, especially Dr. Dana SesLija; Mike and the Homecare staff; St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, especially Dr.
Erickson and nurses Sue, Sarah and Jessica, Dr. Mildenberg, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Maguire and PT Mary Elizabeth; the Newburg and West Bend EMTs; Chaplain Randee; and most importantly, good friends Lee and Jill VanBuskirk and their sons.
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