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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I worked at Wisconsin Veneer & Plywood and had Bob as a boss. Enjoyed talking with him. I also worked with his wife Lorena and son Steve. RIP Bob