Rehrauer, Robert W.
Robert (Bob) W. Rehrauer, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
He was born Dec 29, 1925, attended St. Luke's grade school and graduated from Washington High School in 1943. Bob served his country by enlisting in the US Navy. He served on the USS Bountiful hospital ship during WWII from 1944 to 1946. His ship provided support for injured soldiers in the Pacific including Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He met the love of his life, Jeannine (GeGe) Beitzel at Oscar Brault's tavern. They married on Sept 26, 1953 at St. Luke's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death in 2012. Bob was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor. He moved through his life in a slow, deliberate pace which contributed to his longevity. GeGe learned to cope with Bob's pace by setting false deadlines. Her favorite song while dating him was "Slow Poke". He enjoyed fishing at his parent's cottage in Sand Bay, catching giant perch and bottle bass with the boys. He was in a bowling league for many years and a lifelong Brewer and Packer fan, attending the famous "Ice Bowl" in 1967. Bob mentored his sons-in-laws on making the perfect Manhattan. Bob owned the Two Rivers Auto Service Company with his brothers Jack and Bill. His son-in-law Bruce Hanna joined the business in 1984. Bob worked at the Two Rivers Auto Service his entire life until he retired and sold the business in 1990. The dealership was established in 1919 by Bob's father William and uncle Frank Rehrauer. Over the years the company sold Kissel, Cadillac, Nash, Oshkosh Truck, International Truck, Pontiac, Rambler and American Motor vehicles. Bob was a devoted family man instilling values and practical skills in his three daughters through calm example. As a "car guy" he insisted the daughters learn to check the oil & tire level at each gas-up. Family pets were always welcome at his house and eager to visit for Grandpa's treats. When Karen's dog had puppies, he set up a doggy playpen to accommodate her Christmas stay. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1957 for many years including the position of Grand Knight in 1975. Bob and GeGe were longtime members of Holy Redeemer Parish, now St. Peter the Fisherman. Bob and GeGe were very close with his brother Jack & wife Laverne, enjoying travel and card games together. Bob enjoyed retelling amusing yarns of their exploits together, especially how brother Jack was the "great negotiator" during their travels.
Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Karen & Mike McFadzen, Greenbush, Joan & Bruce Hanna, Manitowoc, and Linda & Darryl Jacquart, Manitowoc; grandsons, Jon Hanna & fiancé Andy Taphorn, Oshkosh, Nicholas & Noah Jacquart, Manitowoc; granddaughter, Megan Hanna, Two Rivers and special granddog, Woody McFadzen. Other survivors include family members Jim Johnson, Leah Lemanchek, Jim & Pat Beitzel, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was also preceded in death by his parents William & Olive Rehrauer, as well as family members Edward Beitzel, Agnes & Fritz Krey, Ann Johnson, Jack & LaVerne Rehrauer, Bill & Dodie Rehrauer, Sharon & Paul Havlichek, Shirley & Dick Vanne and Bob Lemanchek.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 3201 Mishicot Rd., Two Rivers, with burial to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Two Rivers.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:00 a.m. There will be no Tuesday evening visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars http://www.vfw.org/ or the Two Rivers Historical Society http://www.wherehistorylives.org/en-us/members/member.aspx?mid=9.
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St., Two Rivers, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
The family would like to thank caregivers that assisted Bob with compassionate care and kindness. These include Home Care Health Services, Northland Lodge, Hamilton Care Center & Southern Care Hospice as well as Dr. Al Diaz and staff. Bob said many times "Dr. Diaz is a nice doctor". Special thanks to Jim Johnson and Leah Lemanchek who visited Dad regularly. Special thanks to neighbor Mary Andrews who was always there when we needed her. Bob was fortunate to have planned for his senior care. Talk with family members and care providers before you need it.
Deja and Martin Funeral Chapel
1506 18th Street Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on June 23, 2014