ROCHESTER, MICH. - Robert L. 'Bob' Sebetic, 59, formerly of Kenosha, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2008. He was born on November 11, 1948, to the late Matthew and Marjorie T. (nee: Hamann) Sebetic in Kenosha. He was educated in the schools of Kenosha and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1967. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1973 with a degree in Business Management and in 1980, graduated from Ohio University with a MBA. Bob worked as a Gearing Project Manager within the Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group at ArvinMeritor for 31 years. He was recognized throughout the industry for his accomplishments and regarded as the number one gear manufacturing person. Most recently, Bob played a leadership role in the launch of the Greenfield manufacturing facility located in Monterrey, Mexico, which he described as his lifelong dream. Bob's leadership was one of the driving forces behind bevel gear manufacturing, which is considered a core competency. Bob began his career with the company in 1977 as a Gear Engineer in Newark, Ohio and was subsequently recruited to work on gear manufacturing projects for plants around the world. Bob participated in the launch of the manufacturing facility in Cameri, Italy in 1982 and spent several years in Newark, Ohio before permanently relocating to ArvinMeritor's corporate headquarters in Troy, Mich. in 1998. Bob loved his work. He also enjoyed golfing and traveling, especially to Italy. Bob is survived by his son, Matthew Sebetic of Midlothian, Va.; his daughters, Rachel (Dan) Grayson of Centreville, Va. and Leah (Neal) McCarthy of San Francisco, Calif.; his brother, Michael (Sandy) Sebetic of Townsend; his sister, Judy (Rick) Cortinaz of Racine; and his former wife, Gail Pepin of Centreville, Va. Funeral services for Bob will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 919 - 60th Street. Interment will follow at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bruch Funeral Home and again on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until time of service at the First United Methodist Church. Memorials would be appreciated to Engineers Without Borders or to the family to set up college scholarships for Bob's future grandchildren. BRUCH FUNERAL HOME 3503 Roosevelt Road Kenosha 262-652-8298 Visit Bob's Online Memorial Book www.bruchfuneralhome.net
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Published in Racine Journal Times on Sept. 10, 2008