Robert "Bob" John
- Mass of Christian Burial
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church (9520 W Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners) on Monday, January 18 at 11am.
Age 87, of Hales Corners, passed away of natural causes after a long and productive life on Jan. 13, 2021. He was the devoted husband of 44 years to the love of his life, the late Doreen. He is survived by his children Catherine (Steven Tietz) Markwiese, Lynn Markwiese, Beth (Tom) Kennedy, John Markwiese, and Jenny (Bruce Smith) Markwiese; grandchildren Ryan (Caylee) Kennedy, Kristen Kennedy, Michael Kennedy and Oliver Smith as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Son of the late John G. and Irene Markwiese; brother of Thomas.
A proud Milwaukee native, Bob was a graduate of Marquette University High School and served his country in the Army repairing helicopters. After the service, he came home and married Doreen in 1958 and set about carving out his portion of the American Dream. He found a great job at the Pabst Brewing Co. in the boom times for America. He proved an able and reliable employee, increasing in supervisory responsibility and eventually retired as Packaging Manager. With that job, he was able to provide a great life for his wife and family. He gave his kids the finest education possible and all five graduated from college including some with advanced degrees. He also took them on a series of memorable trips across the country, enjoying adventure from coast-to-coast. Bob was a devoted sports fan and he also loved hosting a big 4th of July picnic for family and friends with fireworks from nearby Hales Corners Park punctuating the annual event. Handy around the yard, he got help from family and friends and constructed a wonderful deck on the back of the house which he was proud of and enjoyed. Smaller scale woodworking was also a pastime of his. Family was important, and Christmas Eve and Day were filled with cherished traditions of gifts, goodies and holiday cheer. Faithful, honest and a true gentleman, Bob was always a stand-up guy, ready to do the right thing. He will be missed so much!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (9520 W Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners) on Monday, January 18 at 11am. Masks will be required. If desired, memorials can be sent to St. Mary Parish Hales Corners’ Parish/School Endowment Fund. A special thanks to Aurora at Home, Kathleen Kurth and Seniors Helping Seniors for assisting Bob on his final journey.