Robert Walter Goelz

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Robert  Walter

  • Visitation
    • February 22nd, 2021 at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOMES, 9200 S. 27th St, Oak Creek, from 3pm-6pm. Devotion to follow at 6pm.
  • Additional Visitation
    • February 23rd, 2021 at ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6881 S. 51st St., Franklin, from 10am – 11am.
  • Funeral Service
    • February 23rd, 2021 at ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6881 S. 51st St., Franklin, at 11am.


Robert Walter Goelz, of Muskego, WI,  joined his Savior in his heavenly home on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, after contracting a blood infection. The Lord called Bob home having granted 83 years and 1 day of grace here on earth.  Robert was born on February 15, 1938, in Cudahy, WI to Walter and Linda Goelz (nee Schlueter). Bob attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Church in Cudahy, where he was baptized on March 6, 1938, and confirmed in his Christian faith on May 25, 1952. He attended Racine Lutheran High School, graduating in 1956. As a child, he most loved being with his dad and visiting his uncle and cousin, who were both farmers. These visits were the reason Bob desired to own his own farm someday. On June 24, 1970, Bob married Carol Richter (nee Kolbow) at Concordia College in Milwaukee, WI. Bob became a member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Franklin, WI where he served on several boards, worked with the Lutheran Pioneers, and was president of the congregation for 7 years. One of his greatest joys was volunteering to co-chair and help build the new church building in 2010. Bob was often seen at St. Paul’s church, school and cemetery in his spare time, fixing things that needed repairs and finding ways to help improve the property. He did these things without ever wanting acknowledgement or thanks; he was simply a generous and dedicated servant who did these odd jobs out of the goodness of his heart. His faith and his family were of utmost importance to him. Bob attended church regularly his entire life, and enjoyed singing hymns and praising his Lord with his loved ones. He instilled that faith and love for his Savior in his family. Bob enjoyed serving his Lord by supporting WELS ministries with his time and talents, including Wisconsin Lutheran High School and Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he served on the Board of Regents. Bob served in the Air National Guard for eight years, from age 17-24. In August of 1956, he served a state indentured apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at Ladish Co. in Cudahy, WI. He was always a hard worker, and his employers recognized his drive and commitment to accurate and fast work. Adam Products offered him a foreman position at age 28, and trained him to be the lead man. Other employers were Kyle, Allis Tool and Machine, Spicer, and Perfex, all of which recognized Bob’s gift for leadership and hard work. In 1984, Bob founded his own company, Rocore Industries in Greendale, WI. After 12 successful years operating Rocore, Bob moved on to 3 more businesses before retiring at age 70. Bob was always willing to help anyone, and volunteering is how he spent his retirement. He loved helping his family and friends with projects or jobs, and if he couldn’t do it himself, he always knew someone who could! Despite all these jobs and businesses, his true passion in life was farming. He worked for several other farmers, including his father-in-law, Glenn Kolbow, before God finally answered his prayer of owning his own farm on S. 27th street in Oak Creek, WI. During his retirement, Bob would continue to volunteer on friends’ farms, simply because he loved farming so much. He had a collection of tractors and farm equipment which he enjoyed working on in his spare time. Bob was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved supporting them at sporting and other school events. His grandchildren fondly remember him playing pranks, goofing around and teasing them constantly, and they loved it. They couldn’t have asked for a better, more supportive and loving Christian grandpa. His grandchildren were his joy later in life. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol, and 7 children: David (Janet) Long, Daniel (KimMarie) Long, Eric (Colleen) Goelz, Sheryl Lundgren, Connie (Tod) Hauf, Karen (John) Milazzo, and Martin (Sara) Goelz. In addition, he has 19 grandchildren: Max (Ashley) Long, Megan Long, Cassandra (William) Nordlund, Andrea (Logan) Collins, Julie Long, Jade Long, Andrew Goelz, Matthew Goelz, Laura (Paul) Kolander, David (Mikayla) Lundgren, Ryan Kramer, Rachel Kramer, Risa Kramer, Cameron Hoffman, Trevor Hoffman, Logan Hoffman, Kendall Milazzo, Jack Goelz, and Jenna Goelz. Bob was blessed with 7 great-grandchildren: Evelyn Long, Samuel, Henry and Abigail Nordlund, Eleanor Collins, and Liesel and Alice Kolander. Bob is also survived by 2 sisters, Dorothy Hopman and Alice Danell, as well many nieces, nephews. and other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Linda Goelz, grandparents Adam and Sophie Goelz and Fred and Laura Schlueter, sisters Ethel Zess, Nancy Layman, Paula Harju, Laura Johnson, and Margaret Price. His cousins, David Schlueter and Karl Schlueter, who were like brothers to him, also preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for their compassion and dedication to Bob.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 22 from 3-6pm at Heritage Funeral Homes, 9200 S. 27th St, Oak Creek, WI, followed by a devotional service. Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 23 beginning with visitation at 10am, service at 11am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6881 S. 51st St, Franklin, WI. His mortal remains will be laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. In lieu of flowers, please send any gifts or donations to Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, WI.


  1. Paul Kubicek February 19, 2021 at 6:21 am - Reply


    My condolences to my friend Marty and his family. Bob will be missed. I enjoyed the conversations while helping Marty and Bob on his property.

  2. Heidi Arnold February 19, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply

    You will be missed. Our prayers are with all of his family.

  3. Seth Beckmann February 19, 2021 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Prayers from Denver, CO. I remember visiting Bob and Carol, Bob is my Mother’s uncle and he was a great friend to my Father. He and my Dad were both gear heads.

  4. Larry Stujenske February 19, 2021 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Bob was always so welcoming at church, I will miss seeing his smiling face and strong singing voice. He’s been a positive influence on everyone he has had contact with. The new church at St. Paul’s could not have turned out as beautiful as it is with Bob’s help. My condolences to the family, but I’m sure they all know he’s in a much better place, caring for the Garden of Eden.

  5. Linda Kruszka February 19, 2021 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I cannot express what a joy it was to have known Bob! (His son Dave, is my brother- in- law.) Dave,Janet, Max, Ashley and Megan you have Scott’s & my deepest condolences. He was such a force of life. His smile and good humor were amazing. When I worked at Menards he always sought me out( told me I’d own it one day!). I will never forget what he did for my Dad when he needed it! He never failed to make us feel welcome and included when he was around. He will truly be missed!!
    To all of Bob’s family- you are in my husband’s & my thoughts, prayers and hearts. You have our deepest sympathies.

  6. Roger & Gail Gotch February 22, 2021 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Dear Carol and familiy

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing but so happy he is with his Lord. He was truly a great christian man and showed his faith at all times. I met him in our freshman year at Racine Lutheran and became friends with him and than for our 50th reunion Carol and Bob both worked on the committee and we had a ball. The world will miss that great man but God saw it fit to reward him for all he has done and his amazing faith. God be with all of you in this time of sorrow

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