Robert Otto Brennecke, of Mattoon, died Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Rose Mary Manor in Mattoon. He was 87 years old. He was born on November 4, 1935, in Antigo, a son of Otto and Ethel (Schabell) Brennecke. He married Lorena Lucia on November 17, 1956, in Antigo. She preceded him in death on December 16, 2012.
Bob served in the United States Army National Guard. He worked for Wisconsin Veneer and Plywood for most of his life until retirement.
Bob was a proud founder of the Mattoon Smelt Fry with his brother. He was a member of the Mattoon Sportsman Club. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and drawing. He went to Canada for fishing trips for many years with his son.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Ostrander of Antigo and Lori Harris of Green Bay; a son, Steve Brennecke of Mattoon; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Michaletz of Algoma; and a brother, Carl (Carol) Brennecke of Mattoon.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Abler; son-in-law, Bob Ostrander, Jr.; grandson, Shad Brennecke; sisters, Pearl Kasten, Shirley Brennecke, and Betty (James) Fonder; and brothers, William and Eugene Brennecke.
The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.
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My husband Tom says one of his favorite memories of Bob is -- years ago Bob, his brother Carl - and Tom were fly fishing at Beacher Dam (on the Stockbridge Indian Reservation, when you could still legally fish there) Tom accidently hooked Bob on his nose when he cast his fly over the water. Tom was still in school and for some reason thought this was really funny. Many great memories were made with the Brennecke brothers for Tom. Happy fishing and hunting in Heaven Bob, you will be remembered fondly by all who knew you. Our sympathy to all the family, Tom and Rose Egging