THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Robert "Bob" Bartz, 88, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9.
Born in Suring on Sept. 27, 1925, to Paul and Emma (Schooessow) Bartz,
he graduated from St. John's Lutheran School in Hayes and later from Suring High School in 1944. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1946. After service, he enrolled at Marquette University in January 1947 and graduated from Valparaiso University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in business and political science.
After graduation, he served briefly as acting alumni secretary at his alma mater and became associated with Aid Association for Lutherans (now Thrivent for Lutherans) as a sales representative. He married the love of his life, Alice, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Chicago in 1952. In 1954 he began a 32 year career as Personnel Director for three local companies.
A member of the local and national experimental aircraft associations and the local model flying club, he had an interest in aviation and enjoyed fishing in Canada with brothers and friends for 25 years. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his many nieces and nephews who live from Hawaii to the eastern United States and was the last survivor of the Paul and Emma Bartz family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice; a son, Steven (Barbara), of Palm Bay, Fla.; a son, Philip, of Green Bay and a daughter, Susan, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Roland and William and two sisters, Elda Truebenbach and Rufina Schuettpelz.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14 at Beautiful Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2160 Packerland Drive, Green Bay from 9:30 a.m. until the time of a funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. John Meyer will officiate with entombment at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.
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