Robert A. (Bob) Schmitz
Age, 72, found peace with God on May 8, 2019. Reunited in heaven with his parents Robert and Grace (Kaltenbach) Schmitz.
Beloved husband and soul mate of Kelly for 19 short years. Dear brother to Susan (Ron) Loomis, Elizabeth (James) Strang and ‘adopted’ little sister of Renee Stiles. He is loved and will be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Special thanks to his northwoods cousins, Dean and Dinny Koepke for all their extra calls and trips down south to support Bob.
Bob proudly served our country in Viet Nam in the 101st Airborne Division, 506th Infantry “Screaming Eagles” before being wounded at the battle of Hamburger Hill. He was awarded several medals including the Army Commendation, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After his honorable discharge from the Army as Captain, he returned to Marquette University where he completed his bachelor degree in business and started his masters. Bob began his career in 1974 and held many different HR positions with Miller Brewing Company where he worked until he retired in 2003.
From a young age and throughout his life, Bob enjoyed jogging, golfing, baseball, volleyball, swimming, hiking, football and camping. Besides engaging in sports, he was an avid reader, wrote poetry and was obsessed with crossword puzzles that he did every day until the day he passed.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation for Dr. Paruchuri, Dr. Dahl and all the wonderful professional staff at Froedert for their compassionate care of Bob over the years.
Special thanks to all of our coworkers (retired and present) at MillerCoors for all their love and support; we are sincerely thankful for the friendships we have developed over the years.
Fri, May 31st a visitation and celebration of Bob’s life will be held from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm with a Memorial following at the funeral home at 4:00 pm.
Saturday, June 1st 10:00 am, a service with military honors will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery (Chapel of Angels & Light) behind the main office, 3801 W. Morgan Avenue with burial to follow. Deacon John Monday, who united Bob and Kelly in marriage, will be officiating at both services.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials to Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (see below).
Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative
P.O. Box 14575, West Allis WI 53214
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