Robert W. Friend

Robert W. Friend BURLINGTON — Robert W. Friend, age 83, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 in Decatur, IL. Robert was born April 18, 1929 in Chicago, IL, to the late John C. and Bertha (nee Walther) Friend. He spent his early life and received his education in Chicago. Robert proudly served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant from 1947 until 1952, serving in Korea. On February 21, 1953 at the Union Grove United Methodist Church, Robert was united in marriage to Joann Osborne. Following marriage they made their home in Burlington. Joann preceded him in death on July 15, 2012. Robert worked as a test driver for both American Motors and Chrysler. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Burlington. Robert enjoyed his family and was an exceptionally fine "Mr. Mom" to their six children throughout their formative years. He enjoyed going to his grandchildren's activities. Robert's hobbies included; bowling, golfing, fishing, playing cards, woodworking, gardening, cooking, hunting and in his earlier days coaching youth baseball. Survivors include his loving children; Kathleen (Rodger) Koester of Decatur, IL, Susan (Ken) Kumba of Burlington, Robert (Barb) Friend of Burlington, James (Kim) Friend of Burlington, Rebecca (Tom) Blyth of Waterloo, and Deane (Sue) Friend of Fort Atkinson, grandchildren; Scott (Erin) Koester, Sarah Koester, Todd (Carlin) Koester, Mary (David) Hoffmann, Nicholas (Kelly) Kumba, Jill (Frank Brooks) Kumba, Jacob Kumba, William (Dana) Friend, Andrew (Eva) Friend, Cassie Friend, Riley Friend, Dylan Friend, Coriann Dorgay, Nolan Friend, Sydney Friend, Kirsten Blyth, Hannah Blyth , Sasha (Gatlin) Fenwick and Grace Musgrave and by great-grandchildren; Madison, Lyncoln, Paityn and Joshua Koester, Cameron Brooks, Addison Kumba, Kayla and Dylan Graney and Jack, Fisher and William Fenwick. Robert is further survived by his siblings; John (Joyce) Friend, Wayne (Kitty) Friend, Delores (Del) Stegemann, Shirley (the late Roger) Pratt, Joyce (Jim) Young and Carol (the late Wes) Gahres, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, parents, grandparents, brothers; Clarence, Howard and Alvin and by a sister, Eileen Martinson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burlington with Rev. Kirk Lahmann officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Grove Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at St. John's Lutheran Church on Thursday, from 9:30 AM until 11:15 AM. Memorials have been suggested to St. John's Lutheran School in Burlington. Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory 625 Browns Lake Dr. Burlington, WI 53105 262-763-3434

Funeral Home

Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Browns Lake Crematory
625 Browns Lake Dr. Burlington, WI 53105
(262) 763-3434

Published in Racine Journal Times on Mar. 19, 2013