Robert “Bob” A. Petersen, 74, of Burlington, passed away unexpectedly while at work on December 7, 2019. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Born in Burlington on October 26, 1945, he was the son of Raymond R. and Blanche G. (nee Baumgartner) Petersen. He graduated from Burlington High School, Class of 1963.
On November 29, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was united in marriage to Karen Joyce. Following marriage, they continued to reside in Burlington and he was a lifetime resident of this area. Bob worked for the City of Burlington, retiring after 44 years. He continued to work part time for the city even after his retirement. His favorite hobby was playing with his dog, Sarah. He also enjoyed fishing, playing solitaire, cooking and baking. He was always cooking for his co-workers and was known to make a great banana nut bread.
Bob is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Kelly Wishau, Mark (Fiance Jennifer Vasko) Petersen, Nicole Petersen, step-daughter Shannon Ransom, and his four-legged daughter Sarah; grandchildren, Kyle and Ian Wishau, Alexa Hart, Alana Stendahl, Hailey and Kira Petersen, Tyler Vasko, Devin, Dylan and Dante Geerdts and Trinity Ludford; great-grandchildren, Paisley and Avaylah; siblings, Karen Thuemmler, Debra Pieters, Pamela (Gary “Chief”) Petersen; brother-in-law, Jerry Weiler, sister-in-law, Becky Jo Taylor; and father and mother-in-law, Dick and Alice Joyce. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Judy (Harvey) Leighton and Christine Weiler; and brother-in-laws, Steven Thuemmler and Hank Taylor Jr.
A celebration of Bob's life will take place on January 18th, 2020 at Integrity Celebrations Center- 2789 Browns Lake Dr. Burlington, WI 53105 (Located at the Corner of Highway 36 and W). The family invites you to an open house from 12:00pm to 3:20pm, followed by a 3:30 memorial service, that will include time for anyone that would like to share stories of Bob.
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