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Robert Hessel - Departed on Aug 25, 2018 - Green Bay, Wisconsin
Robert Hessel - Departed on Aug 25, 2018 - Green Bay, Wisconsin

Robert Hessel

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sep 20, 1926

Died on Aug 25, 2018 and resided in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Robert Harry Hessel, age 91, longtime Green Bay area resident, passed away Saturday August 25, 2018 after three years in assisted living. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Pauline (nee Lawler), his parents Earl and Magdalen (nee Misovec), and his siblings June Meacham (Bud) and James (Nancy). He is survived by his sister Ruth Kansier, his children Craig (Betsy), Lynn Adrian, Mark, and Paula, his grandchildren Meghan Immel (Jason Quinn), Sean Immel (Elibeth), Mary Immel (A. J. Nutt), Katelan Hessel, and Dustin Hessel (Dawn Rodgers), and great grandchildren Lukas Hessel, Andrew Nutt, and Morgan Nutt. He is also survived by brother-in-law P. J. Lawler (Joyce) and many nieces and nephews.

Bob (as he was commonly known) was born in Green Bay on September 20, 1926. He graduated from Annunciation (1940) and West High (1944). As a high school student from the summer of 1943 onward, he worked part-time at the Manitowoc ship yards to pay for airplane flying lessons. On graduation in 1944, Bob enlisted in the Navy hoping to become a pilot. His two years in the Navy were spent mainly in the engineering programs at Western Michigan University and Iowa State University. After opting for early release from the Navy in 1946 (choosing a life with Polly over a career as Navy pilot), Bob enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married Polly on April 20, 1948 at St. Willebrord's and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the UW in June of that year.

His love of flying did not abate entirely. In the early years as an engineer for Davidson Kennedy in Atlanta, Georgia, he would fly small aircraft for the company. After returning to Wisconsin, he bought and flew a Cessna aircraft as an enjoyable hobby and many years later a Bonanza aircraft replaced the Cessna.

In 1960, Bob and his family moved to Sheboygan and then back to Green Bay the following year. In Green Bay, he joined his UW classmate James Madigan's firm FEECO. He worked for Jim at FEECO the next 45 years. Outside of Polly and his family, Jim was Bob's best friend.

Of course, Bob was a devoted Packer fan. He and his family were among the "300,000" fans at the 1967 Ice Bowl.

Bob belonged to many clubs and organizations. In Georgia, he joined Toastmasters to improve his ability to speak in front of groups. In Green Bay he became a longtime member of the Optimist Club, including a term as president. Bob and Polly were in the forefront of many Catholic organizations over the years, including the Christian Family Movement, the Cursillo movement, and the Serra Club.

It is not easy to encapsulate someone's life. Bob (our father) was raised during the Great Depression and matured at a time of post-war boundless enthusiam. He never lacked confidence. We were so lucky to have had such a dad.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 31 at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adams St., from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. Andrew Cribben, O.Praem officiating.  A private graveside service will take place at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery.  Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com


The family wishes any memorial contributions on Bob's behalf to be made to ASPIRO (www.aspiroinc.org).

The family also wishes to thank the many people who helped us in Bob's waning years, particularly Dave and Kathy Hutchison (Dyckesville), Connie Polley (Appleton), Gregg and Julie Marweg (Angel's Touch), and Mark and Sheila Steinfeldt (Angel's Touch).

Funeral Mass: Friday Aug 31, 2018, 10:30 AM at St. Willebrord Catholic Church

Visitation: Friday Aug 31, 2018, 9:30-10:30 am at St. Willebrord Catholic Church

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Alex Bahrke

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