Robert Ganson, 83
March 14, 1932 -- Aug. 23, 2015
Robert Eugene Ganson entered eternal glory on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at the age of 83. Robert passed peacefully at home in Grafton, with the loving care of his family by his side.
He was born March 14, 1932, in Champaign, Ohio, to William Floyd Ganson and T.
Marjorie (nee Clark), who lovingly called him Bobby Gene as a child. Robert graduated from West Liberty High School, Ohio, in 1951, and was drafted by the major league Washington Senators baseball team. At the same time, he was drafted but elected to patriotically enlist with the U.S. Navy, serving from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War.
In 1953, Robert married Mary Eleanor “Ellie” (nee Rutherford). They had three daughters. He began at Robbins & Myers of Springfield, Ohio, as a toolroom machinist and worked with them for 26 years, progressing to manufacturing engineer. In 1977, his family moved to Cedarburg, where he worked for Doerr Electric as director of manufacturing and engineering until retiring in 1988. In 1981 Robert laid to rest his wife after her battle with ovarian cancer. Robert and Eleanor Battermann were married on Feb. 18, 1983, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grafton. They enjoyed a long and loving marriage of 33 years. In retirement, Bob and Ellie mostly enjoyed golfing, family and friends and wintering in Sun City, Ariz.
Robert will be remembered and missed by beloved Eleanor Battermann Ganson (wife). Robert was the loving father of three daughters and three step-daughters.
Daughters, Cindy (Larry) Plank, Jayne Stokes, Robin (Grant) Snyder, Jean (David) Hubacek of Grafton and Jan Klotz of Grafton.
Grandchildren, Jeremy (Lisa) Plank, Jason Plank, Jessica (Shawn) Horton, Sophia (John) Dike, Julie (Brent) Garber, Nathan Snyder, Jeffery (Laura) Bernarde, Jodi (Jason) Collins, Daniel (Terra) Hubacek, Stephen (Christine) Klotz and Stephaine (Cody) Schneider. Great-grandchildren Olivia and Dylan Plank; Ulysses and Jonas Stokes; Caroline and Autumn Dikes; David and Sarah Garber; Gabrielle and Olivia Bernarde; Jacob and Jessica Collins; Tyler, Aubrey and Ryan Klotz.
Proceeded in death by parents, wife Mary Eleanor Ganson and daughter Judy Battermann Bernarde.
Roberts’s family is deeply grateful for the wonderful care given by the staff of Hospice Advantage, Home Instead, Aurora Hospital and Newcastle Place.
Visitation will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church 701 Washington St., Grafton on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a worship service celebrating God's grace to Robert at noon. His body will be laid to rest at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Grafton.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran School, Grafton, or Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, in lieu of flowers.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
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