Robert "Bob" Grignon
1946 - 2020
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Robert "Bob" Grignon

De Pere - Robert (Bob) John Grignon, age 74 of De Pere, died in the early morning of October 14, 2020, in the loving arms of his wife. Bob was born on New Year's Day, 1946, to the late Jerome and Sunday (Tourtillott) Grignon in Shawano. He grew up on the Menominee Reservation in Neopit with his many siblings, family, and friends. In 1970, Bob married Mary Pat Kroner who proceeded him in death on June 20, 1995. A blind date on July 5, 1996, led to Bob marrying Arleen (Van Lanen/Koenig) Grignon on January 2, 1999. Combining their two families made for wonderful, not to mention noisy, family get-togethers and holidays. Bob loved every second of it.

Bob furthered his education at St Norbert College at which time he joined ROTC and continued as First Lieutenant MP with the Army Reserve being honorably discharged after 8 years. Bob enjoyed his 31 plus year career working for IBM, retiring in 2002 with the title of Large Systems Network Specialist. Though most of us never understood what he did, his numerous awards and commendations confirmed that he was great at it!!

Bob's athleticism became apparent playing basketball in third grade. Years later this skill resulted in a scholarship to St Norbert College where he made many lifelong friends. Bob was also quarterback at Shawano High School, played baseball in several leagues and in retirement, became a certified golf instructor at Hilly Haven Golf Course for 13 years. Bob was honored to become a three-sport inductee into the Shawano High School Hall of Fame in 1999. Bob was also a natural born mentor and teacher. Whether it was through volunteering at schools teaching math and educating youth about engineering, through his work at IBM, as a golf instructor or gently guiding his grandchildren, he made it fun to learn, giving positive feedback and always with a smile and a story. Bob's greatest teachings took place after he suffered a severe stroke nearly four years ago. His wit and positive attitude served him well through this most difficult of recoveries. Our children and grandchildren will always have memories of him pushing forward against the odds using his faith and love for all of us as his motivation.

Bob loved his family very much and we certainly loved him. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Arleen, children: Michele Grignon, Chandler, AZ; Beau (Holly) Grignon, Verona; step-children: Gregg (Danelle) Koenig, De Pere; Kelly (Jason) Benzschawel, De Pere; Son-in-law Rob Braender, Tempe, AZ. Grandchildren: Alexandra Braender, Morgan and Tre' Grignon, Jessica (Nate Poellet) Koenig, Beau Koenig, Addison and Julian Benzschawel. Siblings: Sharon Waupoose and Mary Claire Grignon, Neopit. In-laws: Marianne Gibbons, Green Bay; Carol (Bill) Felber, Winter Haven, FL.; Sharon Van Lanen, Green Bay. Bob is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Bob was proceeded in death by siblings: James Grignon, Jerry Lee Grignon, Connie Waupoose, Joan Waukau, Guy Grignon, Jerilyn Grignon, Dana Grignon, Carol Warrington, Michelle Grignon, Stanley Grignon. In-laws: Norb and Doris Kroner and Minnie Van Lanen. Brothers-in-law: Irwin Waupoose, Gordon Waupoose, Orman (Pam) Waukau, James Van Lanen; Sister-in-law: Marilyn Grignon.

Family and friends may gather on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere. Visitation will continue Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 4805 Sportsman Dr, Ledgeview (De Pere) from 10:00am until the Memorial Mass at 11:00am with Fr. Michael Ingold officiating. Due to current COVID-19 concerns, those in attendance are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Those who are not able to attend are welcomed to watch the livestream at Cotter Funeral Home Facebook page.

To Bob's many Doctors, Nurses,Therapists, CNAs, Rennes Skilled Nursing Home, Unity Hospice, family, friends and neighbors: there are not enough ways to say thank you for your care, compassion, support, love and prayers. Our family is forever grateful.








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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
Thoughts & Prayers to Bob's family...Bob gave me my start in Basketball coaching as an asst. when he was the Head Girls coach at Ashwaubenon, and when he played for the Green Bay Blue Ribbons in the mid '90's Thank you Bob.....
Curt Cootway
Friend
October 17, 2020
Arleen,
Very sorry to see Bob died. I have not seen either of you for several years and i wanted tell tell you how sorry I am. I will not be able to attend any service because of COVID-19
Rod Kowalczyk
Friend
October 17, 2020
Please accept my sincerest condolences. We are unable to attend the visitation and Mass because of the Covid19 risks to all. Please know that you and Bob are in our thoughts and prayers. I met Bob at St. Norbert in 1967 and was very lucky to know him. Our paths crossed many time in the Green Bay Area when he was at IBM and I was at Schneider.
Bob has always been a memorable person to be around. He was a great role model for many, particularly young people.
I will miss him. Please know that
you and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sincerely yours
Wayne Lubner
Wayne Lubner
Friend
October 17, 2020
We would like to offer our deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob was a great guy with a very witty sense of humor. We first met as members of the SNC baseball team and our paths crossed many times over the years. He was truly a special person.
Dave and Kathy Schlitz
Dave Schlitz
Friend
October 16, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jean and Dick Hutjens
Friend
October 16, 2020
I worked with Bob at IBM and he was such a kind and considerate man. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and his challenges over the last few years. His obituary certainly shows all the people he touched thru the years. I especially remember his laugh! May your memories carry you thru this difficult time.
Sue Mathys
Coworker
October 16, 2020
A great friend and teammate at SNC. Many fond memories. Rest In Peace “Arrow”
Joe emer
Friend
October 16, 2020
While we moved from Green Bay and sadly lost contact with Bob and Arlene 15 years ago, we had known Bob as a neighbor in 2 different homes for 25+ years. He was one of the most kind, thoughtful, intelligent, patient, considerate, and giving person we have ever known. His wit, and caring personality made it so incredibly easy to be his friend. I will always cherish our visits, our golfing, and our discussions while tending to our grills. Our world was a better place with Bob Grignon in it. We wish Bob's family our deepest sympathy and know his memories will remain in their hearts forever! Steve & Dyan Pasono
Steve & Dyan Pasono
Friend
October 16, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Bob's entire family. He was a great guy and no doubt will be missed. I was good friends with Bob in college at Nubs and his inner circle of friends affectionately called him "straight arrow" not only because of his proud Indian heritage, but because of his free throw arc which was, you guessed it, straight as an arrow. It was alway fun being with Bob and never a dull moment. My memories of him will endure as him being not only a gifted athlete, but also a fine upstanding individual who you would be proud to call a friend.
Gebs
Classmate
October 16, 2020
Mr. Grignon was my high school basketball coach at Ashwaubenon High School. I will always remember my time playing for him at AHS. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.
Mary Amenson
October 15, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Judy Albers
Acquaintance
October 15, 2020
What a wonderful man. His many accomplishments speak for themselves. Bob's smile could light up a room.
Condolences to the family.
Bill Berry
Acquaintance
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