Robert (Bob) E. Storck, 86, of Mayville, beloved husband of Caroline (Feutz) Storck for 62 years, and a practicing trial attorney for 56 years has lost his final earthly appeal. Attorney Storck died at Clearview in Juneau on April 26, 2012, after a struggle with Alzheimers.
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Bob Storck was a man who was fully committed to his family, church, clients and community. He was a man who enjoyed and was dedicated to making positive things happen.
Planning family travel adventures brought great joy to Bob. Bob and Caroline traveled with good friends and family throughout the world. Their love for travel was shared with their children, their children's spouses, and with their grandchildren. Bob planned annual trips to a cottage and to faraway places with his entire family. The memories of these trips will be treasured by his family forever.
Bob was committed to God and the Mayville United Methodist Church, where he worshipped for 59 years. His beautiful bass voice was unmistakable in the choir and congregation. As a church leader, Bob would take on difficult roles to make church improvement pro- jects happen.
Bob was born to Viona (Arndt) and Raymond Storck in Slinger, Wis., on June 27, 1925. He graduated from Slinger High School in 1943, as vale- dictorian.
At 6'4" he excelled in basketball and enjoyed playing his trumpet in the school band and the Skipper Leone Band. He attended UW-Madison, where he played in the UW marching band. His college was interrupted by service in the Army during WWII. After the war, he returned to UW-Madison to obtain his Bachelors in Business Administration and Law Degree.
Bob married Caroline in 1950. Caroline was the sister of Bob's best friend, Robert Feutz. Caroline was teaching art in Madison when Bob was in law school. After graduation, Bob and Caroline moved to Iron Ridge in 1952. Bob began practicing law with the Thiel and Allan Law firm in Mayville. While in Iron Ridge he served as Village President. In 1957, they moved to Mayville.
Bob practiced law for 56 years in Mayville. He had a passion for the law and for the adversary system. He was known for his meticulous preparation, his booming courtroom voice, his deliberate speech, and for being a tenacious adversary. He tried numerous civil and criminal jury trials including murder trials and product liability cases. He represented plaintiffs and insurance companies in numerous counties. In addition to his trial practice, he enjoyed helping individuals with their personal legal matters and working with municipalities and the Mayville School District.
Over the years, Bob was a law partner with Attorneys John Thiel, Lloyd Allan, Leonard Schnabl, his son John Storck and Patrick Madden. He greatly appreciated all of the dedicated people who worked at his office and especially the assistance of his secretary Gloria Beck, who worked with him for many years, throughout his career.
Community service was a priority for Bob. He was proud of his community of Mayville and worked to improve it. As a life-long Rotarian he lived the Rotary motto of "Service above Self." He worked on many Rotary projects including the building of the Youth Memorial Building and the development of the Rotary Scholarship. Rotary recognized his contributions by giving him a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2002. He was a member of and supported the Mayville Legion Post, the Mayville Chamber of Commerce, the Mayville Golf Club and Downtown Mayville.
Bob served as Director and Chairman of the Mayville Savings Bank for 43 years. The Mayville Savings Bank started as part of Bob Storck's law firm. When the bank outgrew the shared building, Bob worked to keep it as a mutual bank on Main Street to best serve the Mayville community.
Family members who survive Bob include his wife, Caroline; their three children, Ellen (Tom) Hemstock of Sparta, Wis., John (Paula) Storck of Mayville, and Carol (Demetrios) Tsacoyeanes of Avon, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Anne Hemstock (Mike Olvera) of Appleton, Wis., Brian Hemstock of Lake Forest, Ill., Eric (Katie) Storck of Madison, Wis., Michael (Jessica) Storck of Belleville, Wis., Julie Storck of St. Paul, Minn., Amy Tsacoyeanes and Nicholas Tsacoyeanes of Avon, Conn.; great-grandchild, Joseph Michael Storck; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his one brother, Phil Storck.
SERVICES: A funeral service for Bob will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m., at the Mayville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jane Haass officiating.
VISITATION: Visitation will be held on Friday, May 4, at the Koepsell Funeral Home, Mayville, from 4 to 6 p.m., and also at 11 a.m. at the church until the time of the service.
Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery, Mayville.
His family extends a special thank you to the staff at Clearview Nursing Home and to help at home for their care and support.
Memorial donations, in memory of Bob, may be made to the Mayville United Methodist Church; or to the Rotary Scholarship Fund.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on May 1, 2012