Robert "Bob" H. Deschaine, 76 of Marinette passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Rennes East. He was born on May 29, 1937, to the late Harry and Rachel (Bebo) Deschaine in Menominee.
Bob graduated from Marinette High School in 1956 and went on to serve his country in the Army Reserve for 9 years. On October 17, 1959, Bob married Kathleen "Kathy" LaCombe at Sacred Heart Church. He had worked at Giddings and Lewis for 38 years retiring in 1999. He was a member of Holy Family Parish and was very active in the church, helping with church carnivals and bingo over the years. He was also a member of ABC Bowling Association. He started his bowling career as a youth setting pins. In 1962, he was the first player in the area to score 815 making him the 13th highest bowler in the nation and was inducted in the Bowlers Hall of Fame. Bob spent seven weeks on TV bowling and was known as the "Big Boomer". He also enjoyed horseshoes and fast pitch softball. Bob began both the little league program in Marinette and Marinette Catholic Central girls softball. One of his biggest loves was going to his grandchildren's events and cheering them on.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy; sons: Robert (Chris Desotell) Deschaine and Nicholas (Mattie Schieffer) Deschaine, both of Marinette; daughter, Lynnette (Richard) Ahrens of Peshtigo; brother, Ron (Maryann) Deschaine of Peshtigo; sister-in-law, Sue (Chet) Closson of Marinette; six grandchildren: Kraig (Julie), Keith (Mandy), and Kurt (Jenny) Deschaine, Mitchell and Bethany Ahrens, and Alexzander Deschaine; six great-grandchildren: Nathan, Kaylee, Natalie, Kaitlyn, Macie, and Bailey; nephews, Chad, Brad, and Travis Pristelski; and niece, Christine Boyle.
Friends may call at Thielen Funeral Home on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a wake service at 7 p.m. with Deacon Jerome Thetreau officiating. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Holy Family Parish - Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Taylor St.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gamez, the Emergency Rescue Squad, and Rennes East for all the compassionate care over the years.