Robert Gadbois Jr.
Monday, March 18, 2013 10:00 PM
Robert Gadbois Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at Nu Roc nursing home on March 14, 2013. He was born in Menominee, Mich. to the late Robert Albert Gadbois Sr. and Ester (Johnson) Gadbois.
Bob graduated from Menominee High School. After high School Bob worked on an ore freighter on the great lakes. In 1942, he entered the United States Coast Guard and served on an amphibious landing craft in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno Bay, Normandy and Southern France. In 1946, Bob was discharged and came home to marry his longtime sweetheart, the late Delphine Cloutier. Together they started an ice business cutting ice from the Bay and selling it to people in Michigan and Wisconsin. When refrigerators with freezers became popular Bob and Del moved to Milwaukee to find work. They built a home in Oak Creek, Wis. where he raised three children and lived for fifty-seven years. Bob worked for the A & P grocery store, Ladish Company and for twenty-seven years he worked for Saiia Painting and Staining Company as a wood and cabinet finisher where he retired from in 1983. Bob and Del loved to come up to Armstrong Creek where they built a cottage on Lake Hilbert. Bob enjoyed fishing, family visits at the lake and golfing. In their later years, Bob and Del both became residents of Hoffmann's Paradise in Armstrong Creek. On December 12, 2008, after sixty two years of marriage, Bob's love of his life, Delphine (Cloutier) Gadbois, passed away. All Bob's life he had been an avid golfer. Bob always talked about going golfing again. On his 90th birthday, Bob was still living at Hoffmann's Paradise. Ron and Karen Hoffmann surprised him by bringing him golf clubs. All the residents from the home went outside and watched Bob hit golf balls out into the woods. He would tell everyone he met how he went golfing on his 90th birthday.
Bob is survived by his three children: John Gadbois of Milwaukee, Wis., Susan (Bob) Kuehn of Armstrong Creek, Wis. and James (Susan) Gadbois of Kewaskum, Wis.; one sister, Barbara (Jim) Brunsman of Arizona; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters: Dorothy Gressel and Betty Moline.
Services will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Walsh, March 23, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Oak Creek, Wis.
Weber Hill Funeral Home in Crandon, Wis. is assisting the family with arrangements.