Robert G. Ruesch Obituary – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bob was officially dropped from the lineup on October 5, 2022, after spending the last few months on the DL. In what must surely be more than a coincidence, his season ended the same day as the Brewers. Bob is now in the Celestial Hall of Fame and has subscriptions to see the Angels perform; he’ll no doubt have front-row tickets with his beloved Bonnie Lee (hope Heaven’s Stadium is dog-friendly so he can catch up on cuddling with Snooky, the original “White Cloud Doggie” ). He is survived by his three wonderful daughters Becky (Tom) Accetta, Kelly Nickel and Courtney (Moncef) Ruesch, as well as his beloved grandchildren Brady and Caroline Accetta, as well as Christian and Carson Nickel. Bob was predeceased by his dear wife of 51 years Bonnie Lee (née Jeka), his brother Tom and his brother-in-law Paul Jeka, as well as his parents Eugene and Bernice Ruesch, in-laws Paul and Ruth Jeka, and his many aunts and uncles. Bob was blessed with a close family and many cousins ​​he could call friends, as well as his sisters-in-law Mary Jeka and Jean Ruesch. He was also blessed to be the uncle of Debbie (Lance) Longhenry, Kim Cleppe, Peter (Caryn) Ruesch and Kristin Bonilla. He was a great uncle (in every sense of the word) to Derrick Jeka, Lauren, Luke and Aaron Longhenry, Audrey and Miles Ruesch, and Julian and Penelope Bonilla. He is survived by many friends, from his longtime pals at Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School to his new friends at New Perspective Senior Living in Franklin. Bob was born in Milwaukee on July 28, 1944, the oldest child of Gene and Bernice Ruesch. Bob grew up in the shadow of Leon’s Frozen Custard on the south side of Milwaukee until his family moved from his grandparents’ house to the new home his father built a few miles south on Tuckaway Drive in Greenfield. Bob graduated from Don Bosco High School in 1962 and later earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater. After earning a degree in education and starting a career in teaching, Bob learned that a parish teacher’s salary in 1974 was, as he would say, not so hot, so he embarked on a long and successful career with Prudential, spanning four decades. Bob had many accomplishments in his life; he was most proud of having been named junior coach of the year in 1977 (as a basketball coach at MATC) and of having served the village of Hales Corners as an administrator from 1984 until until he was elected president in 2007 until his retirement from the village in 2018 If you have been to a 4th of July parade or car show in Hales Corners in the past 40 years no fail if you have attracted his attention, you received either a high five or a wave from Bob. Bob was always quick with a joke, had a smile for everyone, and a nickname for almost everyone. Her favorite color was and always will be plaid. It’s impossible to know how to rank the greatest loves of his life (apart from his family, of course), but the Top 10 are baseball, coaching, bad jokes, Leon, classic cars, sports memorabilia, apple pie, the 50s doo wop, popcorn, and general goofs around. He will be sorely missed and his family will never be able to refer to an episode of Law and Order without calling him “Dun Dun” or having a Coke without calling him “uh uh”. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 26, 2022 beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a memorial service at noon at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 West Janesville Road, Hales Corners, WI. A luncheon, with a few Leons for good measure, will follow after the service, at Hales Corners Party Hall, 5635 South New Berlin Road, Hales Corners, WI. In lieu of any financial contribution to the family, please donate to the youth sports program of your choice. Nothing would make Bob happier than knowing that a kid somewhere played a sport in his memory; as Bob would say, it would be finer than frog hair.

Posted on October 13, 2022

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