Robert Schroepfer, age 92, of Antigo, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018, at home with family and special friend and caregiver Glenna by his side.
Survivors include his children William, Wayne, Joseph (Lynda), Lorri (Lee) Horne, Andrew, Linda (Ken) Heinzen; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was the youngest child of Anton and Marion (Nesbit) Schroepfer. He was preceded in death by an infant son Stanley; siblings Al (Gert), Frank "Hub" (Georgiana), Delia (Ray) Metzger, Marion (Frank) Wachal, Annette (Edwin) Andraschko, Elizabeth (Ken) Kester, Viola (John) Crha, Stella (Walter) Schielke, Carl (Delores), Angeline (Ray) Bauknecht.
Robert began life as the youngest of eleven during the great depression on a small family farm east of Antigo. In his teens he went to Chicago to join the United States Navy, but an auto accident left him with a medical discharge. He stayed in Chicago and joined his brother Al and brother-in-law Frank Wachal working for Chair City Transport.
In Chicago he was to meet the love of his life Doris Flint from North Dakota. They were married in 1948. They moved back to Antigo to farm with his brother-in-law Frank. Following a number of years farming he returned to driving for Schneider Transport. He retired as a Teamster with over three million consecutive miles without incident.
In 1989 his wife passed away. While many struggle when this happens, he dove into learning everything about running his household, showing perseverance and courage. Not one to be idle he then drove medical transport in the Antigo area until age 80. He will long be remembered as Antigo's beloved west side crossing guard finally retiring at age 88.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. Mathew Simonar officiating. Entombment will take place in Queen of Peace Mausoleum.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bradley Funeral Home and 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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He always had a smile and words that would brighten my day. I got to know him through his son, Bill. He will always be remembered for his kindness. My prayers are being sent to his family. God Bless you all.
Our condolences on the loss of your father. Take comfort in the memories of the time and activities spent with him. Although none of us escapes the grasp of time and fate, we can remember the people who made us who we are.
Be warmed by the memories and celebrate the life.
Pat & Leslie McLaughlin
Uncle Bob was so good to us Metzgers kids when we visited. He always had time for us with a smile on his face. His ability to make people laugh was a precious gift. He will be sorely missed . I am sure he was welcomed with open arms as he approached the pearly gates. So sorry for your loss. Love you. Hugs Mary Adeline Metzger Nielsen
You have our deepest condolences in your loss of Robert. Death is truly an enemy to all of us. The ones left behind need comfort. This scripture in James 1:13 may bring your family comfort. You may also find comfort in knowing that our loving heavenly Father Jehovah will bring about Resurrection very soon.
Andy, I am so sorry for you and your family on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you
We offer our Sincere Heartfelt Condolences to Mr. Schroepfers' Family and Friends.
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