Robert J. Denzin, 69 years, of Port Washington, Wisconsin died peacefully after a short battle with cancer at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital on February 16, 2018.
Bob was born December 31, 1948 at home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to Harry and Mary (nee Cunningham) Denzin. After high school, Bob started working for the City of Wauwatosa in 1967. He started in the street department before transferring to the water department. He retired as Water Maintenance after 37 years of employment. He took a leave of absence to serve in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1972.
He was a member of AFSCME district 48 (American Federations of State County and Municipal Employees) and served as president for local 305, union rep, and district council rep. He was a member of St. John XXIII Parish.
He married Christine Bahr of Port Washington on May 30, 1987 in Milwaukee. They raised a family in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He was active in Port Catholic where his son was enrolled. Bob was also involved in assistant coaching with youth baseball and soccer. He never missed his children’s meets or games. After retiring, he filled his spare time by working at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital as a Valet Supervisor. He then changed jobs and was hired as student shuttle driver for the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Bob was a people person and an animal lover. But nothing made him happier than spending time with family and friends. He had an infectious joyous spirit and was ready to share a joke or funny story. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Christine, children Zachary Denzin of Port Washington, Wisconsin and Natalie (Ben) Wieberdink of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin and grandchildren Ross and Haley Wieberdink. Further survived by estranged siblings Jerry and Carol, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Harry and Mary Denzin, parents-in-law Forrest and Donna Bahr, brother-in-law Tom Bahr, nephew Mitchell Bahr and niece Aimee Bowers.
The Rev. Patrick Wendt will officiate a memorial service Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6 pm at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington, WI. Visitation will be from 4pm to 6 pm Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials to givers choice appreciated.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Nand, Dr. Lafferty, nurses and staff at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee for their compassionate care.
POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431.
Chris, I have been traveling and did not see this until now. I am so very sorry about your loss. Know I am thinking of you and your family.
Chris, my sympathy to you and your family, Bob Train me at the Justice Center in Port , when I was a nighttime Janitor there, he was wonderful teacher and of course told him we were classmates of 1970, Godspeed Bob, and God Bless you
I just learned of Bob’s death. Shocked and very sad. First met Bob about twenty years ago when we coached youth soccer together. It was great partnering with him and he was a great role model for the kids… and me. He was Mr. positive and always willing to help. It was always clear that he thought the world of his family and was always so proud of his family. Bob was not about glory. He was about being and doing good – qualities we should all emulate. I will try. Sincere condolences for Christine, Zach, and Natalie.
Bob helped me with our boys’ Cub Scout den. He spoke highly of family and friends. He could bring you to fits of laughter with many of his stories. Bob will be missed by so many because he truly touched your heart with his charismatic personality. My deepest sympathy to Chris, Zac and Natalie. He loved you all so very much!
Hearing this really broke my heart. I was only a student who he sometimes drove around, but I have learned so much from him, we had good conversations, he gave AMAZING advice, joke around when I spoke Arabic and was a really really good person. He’ll truley be missed. RIP bob 🙁
Bob was a co-worker of mine,and more importantly my friend.I’ve known fewer people with more energy.He was a MAN that is becoming increasingly rare in these days and times.In that,what I mean is that when he signed on to do a task,he devoted all of his talents to contribute to the job.He never was content to “just show up”.There is very much more that I would like to add here,but it would take too much time.My deepest,heartfelt condolences to Christine,Zachary and Natalie,and the entire family.He was a good and decent,very hard working man.Godspeed,Bob. Jerry Manske
He & I were co-workers @ MSOE & worked together for nearly 8 years. We became very close. I loved him like a brother, even more so. I will truly miss him.
R.I.P. Bob – My prayers go out to your entire family. I worked with Bob for many years and there never was a dull moment when he was around. It was great working with you and having you as union rep. Farewell my friend and “let the new journey begin”
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