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Robert "Bob"
Heule

  • Visitation
    • Friday, January 21st at ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4001 S. 68th St, from 9am – 11am.
  • Funeral Service
    • Friday, January 21st at ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4001 S. 68th St, at 11am.

 

Heule, Robert J. “Bob”,

Found eternal peace with the Lord on Wednesday, January 12th surrounded by family at the age of 85.

Beloved husband of Marietta (nee Schliewe) for 61 years.  Loving dad of Shelly (Lawrence Jr.) Meyer, Vicki (Bill) Hughes, Randall Heule, Russell (Lora) Heule, and Susan O’Brien. Proud grandpa of Andrey, Marina, Will, Jessica, Isabella, Grace, and Ethan. Also survived by relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21st, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4001 S. 68th Street, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Internment will immediately follow the service at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Bob was born in Bay View, Wisconsin on February 10, 1936.  He was a proud graduate of Bay View High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He married Marietta on August 13, 1960.  Throughout their 61 years of marriage, her “Bobby” would always say Marietta was, “the prettiest woman in the room.”

Since he was a boy, Bob was a Lionel Railroad enthusiast. He received the Lionel Railroad Award of Merit and was a member of the Lionel Railroad Club for many years. Bob had a permanent railroad layout in his home as well has his famed Christmas layout under the tree.

During high school Bob began working at Inland Steel before spending several years at American Motors. He became active in United Auto Workers (UAW) politics and was active in the Milwaukee Labor Council. His UAW experience was instrumental in forming his political idealism.

As many know, Bob lived a life of public service. He served on the Greenfield School Board for 21 years as well as on the Greenfield Library Board. He was a strong advocate of public education and was instrumental in the building of the new Greenfield Public Library on Layton Avenue. He called the library, “the Peoples’ University”. Bob spent 26 years working in the Wisconsin State Assembly in Madison at the state capital. He retired on March 28, 1996. His hard-working attitude and outgoing personality were noted by all who encountered him. Bob was a long-standing member of the Democratic Party, where he mentored and supported colleagues and candidates throughout their political journeys. He met several U.S. Presidents, some of which he had the honor of escorting through the city during their campaigns. In 2018, he received the Lifetime Spirit Award for his political involvement and commitment. He remained politically active and astute until his death.

Bob loved his family, his Lord, traveling, golfing, and watching the Packers, Bucks, and Brewers. One of his favorite past times was fishing, especially when he was able to be in northern Wisconsin. He was a fan of a nice cold beer as well.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Greenfield Public Library will be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Larry J Martin January 14, 2022 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I knew Bob during my time as a page and then staff person in the State Capitol, as well as involvement in various political campaigns. There was not a nicer man nor anyone more dedicated to public service and improving his community. A wonderful soul. Many a great memory of a truly good man. My deepest sympathies to Bob’s family and may God rest his soul.

  2. Don Schneider January 14, 2022 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Very sad to learn of Bob’s passing. My deepest sympathy to Marietta and the family.. I had the honor and pleasure of working with Bob for many years. He served the legislature with distinction. We also shared some good times together. Bob always had a smile and enjoyed being active in politics.and talking politics. . I remember sharing time with him and Marietta on their camping and fishing adventures. Bob was a wonderful person.

  3. Laurene Bach January 14, 2022 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We loved talking politics as were both political junkies! I worked with in the Assembly with him.

    For years we talked about having a messenger reunion. Finally with the help of John O’Neil we got it together. I am glad we did. Bob enjoyed seeing so many of us. You take my friend and give us a little help from above 😉

  4. John O'Neill January 14, 2022 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I am so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. During my time as an Assembly Page between 1971-75, Bob helped make it a pleasure to work at the state capitol. He had to oversee dozens of Pages – which looking back at it could not have been an easy job! Bob was always quick with a joke and had an infectious laugh! I spent many hours with Bob after work tipping a beer, talking politics and a shared a lot laughs with him. In 2018 at our Assembly Page reunion – I found, to my pleasure, that “time” hadn’t changed him! He was the “same old Bob”! Still as sharp and witty as ever! You were one of the “good guys”, Bob. You’ll be missed…

  5. Charlie Sanders January 14, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    What a great guy. Quick with a joke and a smile. He epitomizes what i enjoyed about the day to day functioning of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Just fun to be in the same room with Bob.

  6. Bob Johnston January 14, 2022 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Bob was a wonderful guy; good natured, hardworking and dedicated to public service. A valued member of the Sergeant at Arms staff, he had a major hand in making the trains run on time in the State Assembly. Political to his core, but always fair, respectful and professional in his dealings with members from both sides of the aisle. Condolences to his many friends and loving family.

  7. Cathy Kaye January 16, 2022 at 9:49 am - Reply

    My late father, Ken Kaye, was a fellow Democrat who appreciated Bob’s good work for many years. My heart is with Bob’s family as you grieve the loss of this good man.

  8. Bob Lang January 17, 2022 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    As the Director of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, I had many opportunities to interact with Bob throughout his many years of service to the Legislature. We often discussed the status of State elementary and secondary school aids, which were important to Bob as a member of the Greenfield School Board. He was knowledgeable about the State budget and used that knowledge to enhance his work and that of his colleagues on the Board. Every conversation that I had with him was enjoyable and informative. He was a good man who all respected and appreciated.

  9. Larry (Toby) Tobiasz January 19, 2022 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Years ago my father Ray was fortunate to serve in the Wisconsin State Assembly. A big part of that was due to Bob. He was a tireless campaigner, political advisor, and a valued friend. To Marietta and the entire Heule family, God bless you and thank you for sharing Bob with the Tobiasz family.

  10. Kathy Arciszewski January 22, 2022 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Marietta and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a dedicated Democrat.

    I thought the funeral was today. I had it on my calendar, but I realized it was Friday not Saturday.

    I tried to call you, but your landline is no longer in use. God be with you in your loss at this time of grief.
    Kathy Arciszewski

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