Robert Peter Probst
1943 - 2020
BORN
1943
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Feerick Funeral Home - Shorewood
2025 East Capitol Drive
Shorewood, WI
Robert Peter Probst

Robert Peter Probst, 77, of Shorewood, WI, passed away Monday, October 26 after a long and valiant struggle with heart disease.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally, his sons Peter (Erin), Michael (Annie Kircher), Matthew (JoAnna), daughter Caroline (Kevin Jankowski) and eight grandchildren, Nora, Charlie, Rachel, Amelia, Harrison, Freddy, Lucy, and Molly. He is further survived by his nieces Pamela Brownson and Bonnie Romero (Nancy Minella) and his nephews Karl and Andrew (Jackie) Brownson . He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Emma Probst and his sister and brother-in-law, JoAnne and Fred Romero.

Bob graduated from Rufus King and went on to study at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning an MBA in finance. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and a legendary bartender at the Tuxedo Bar on Downer Avenue. Along with academic studies and social duties, he also served active duty in the artillery for the Wisconsin National Guard. It was during this time Bob began to forge life-long friendships with classmates, fraternity brothers and fellow Guardsmen.

His professional career started at Touche Ross Accounting Firm at which time Bob earned his CPA. In 1974, he joined Tamarack Petroleum, rising to the position of Executive Vice President. In 2009, Bob retired from Tamarack Petroleum with immense pride in the 35 years of service to the company and the deep friendships he developed there.

Bob was an active volunteer in the community having served as Village Trustee from 1984 to 1990 and Chairman of the Community Development Authority for 12 years. He was on the UWM Alumni Board and served a term as its President.

Bob was not only generous with his time, but also his heart. While proud of his professional success and civic involvement, Bob's greatest joy was his family and his time up north. Rarely has a husband been more devoted or in love than he was with Sally. In addition, Bob was a dedicated father who was actively involved in his children's lives, whether it was in Indian Guides, coach (many times over), or more importantly, as mentor and cheerleader.

Bob loved playing all kinds of card games, for money or fun, and was quick to suggest a game of cribbage. He spent many hours reading, doing crossword puzzles and cheering on the Packers and Brewers. He never met a raffle he wouldn't enter, and frequently came out on the winning end.

Bob's favorite place was the cabin in Land O' Lakes, WI. So many aspects of being 'Up North' made him so happy. Whether it was 'Captain Bob' at the helm of four hour boat trips around the Cisco Chain of Lakes, hunting and fishing, or giving tours of the land on his beloved Gator, for Bob, the cabin was his slice of heaven here on Earth. He loved nothing more than spending time there with his family and friends and sharing this very special place with those he loved so dearly.

A private ceremony will be held with the option for live-streaming. Please visit the Feerick website at the end of the week for link information. A celebration of life where we can all raise a glass to Bob will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.





Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2020.
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So many great memories of Bob and Family. A dear friend for many years.
May he rest in peace.
Denny and Joan
Dennis and Joan Mullens
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November 14, 2020
We will miss you Bob! You have been a great friend to our family for many years. I will always remember your generosity, your sense of humor and of course your laughter!
Drew and Summer Hornbeck
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November 14, 2020
Bob was a great friend to our family. We are lucky to have so many wonderful (and funny) memories from the years we spent together on vacations, during parties, attending sporting events, and just hanging out at the Probst house. He put a smile on everyone's face and I think that I can speak for all of Matt's friends in saying that he was a parent we truly enjoyed having around. He will be missed by all of us.
Matt Dean
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Hilary and Hope Hornbeck
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November 14, 2020
I met Bob maybe a dozen times. Each time sitting beside Peter as he joined us for cards on a Friday night.

I remember Bob teaching the next generation of card players a few new games and sharing a few laughs late into the evening.

Bob's spirit will forever remain with our group of 9+ (now playing for 18 years) each time Peter plays 7 card high low or pulls out an automatic card shuffler.
Ben Krakow
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November 14, 2020
Bob Probst, a wonderful man, friend and brother! We had great times with Bob and Sally all over the world. The favorite for all of us was the time spent at the Land O' Lakes home. There was nothing better than a tour of the Cisco Lake change with Bob at the helm and in full control of the cooler. He always made that time special. Bob was a very generous and caring person and will be sincerely missed. See you on the other side!! Jack & Mary Buchheister
Jack & Mary Buchheister
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November 14, 2020
Didn’t see Bob often but it was always well worth the wait.
Ralph Wettstein
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November 11, 2020
Bonnie Romero
November 9, 2020
Our Bob!

A smart, successful, happy guy! Family and friendship were top priority. We loved each other's kids and shared great friends!

50 years of friendship full of wonderful memories!

Bob loved to heckle and tease, always with a grin, waiting to see if we fell for it, which often we did!

He respected our skills, cheered our successes and encouraged all of our children!

We will miss his ready smile and treasure the gift of a true friend!

Love, Jo Ann, Roger, Justine, Drew and Hilary
Jo Ann and Roger Hornbeck
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November 9, 2020
I met Bob at UWM and he was a friend of my exhusband, Dick Hoffmann. I remember him as being very outgoing and friendly. Before COVID, I saw him at the Shorewood Fitness center working out and he always said hi. He was a good man who loved his family and his friends. He will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Rose Marie Hoffmann
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November 8, 2020
I met Bob in 1965 at a UWM Summer Session Course. He asked me to join him for a beer at the Tux on Downer. I had just moved to the Milwaukee area from the state of Illinois. That was the first of many beers, dice games, etc. at the Tux. He also introduced me to many of his wonderful friends. I am sorry we lost touch in 1977 when our family moved to Madison. Bob meant a lot to me during my 20's. I am so glad I enjoyed that beer with him in the summer of '65! I'm so sorry about his passing. My condolences to Sally and the family.
Ed Reisch
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November 6, 2020
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory that no one can steal.”
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Our dear friend, Bob, left us the gift of countless treasured memories. We know that he had German heritage but somehow there must have been a leprechaun in his gene pool. Bob was so funny and so much fun. We will always remember the joy that he brought to our lives. Bob’s spirit lives on through his children and grandchildren. We are grateful for our family’s relationship with the wonderful Probst family.
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Rest in Peace Bob, fond memories from Bent's Camp and the Twilight Supper Club. Deepest condolences to Sally and Family.
Chris Boone
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November 3, 2020
I have know Bob since my early sales days with Four-Phase Systems when they used our equipment for accounting at Tamarack. I lost track of him through the years and more recently was reconnected at Ferrantes where he met friends for a social lunch. I knew Bob as a soccer coach, and he was a true gentleman. I will miss his friendship and "occasional" humor. My condolences to his family
Harry Kohal
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November 2, 2020
Our deepest condolonces to Sally and your children, We know he will be greatly missed.
FREDERICK & PATTI JANKOWSKI
November 1, 2020
Bob will be greatly missed for his character, sense of humor and trusted friend. He is in my prayers.
James Lovering
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November 1, 2020
Our deepest sympathy. He will be remembered and missed.
Bob and Sharyl Beranek
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Truly a wonderful fella and treasured friend. He will be missed by so many.
Karleen & John Wilde
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My condolonces to the family and Bob always had that big smile and a warm word when we bump into each other
Gary Stein
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November 1, 2020
Bob was one of if not the most generous person I have ever met. There is not a single person that spent time with him that doesn’t have a funny story or great memory of being around him. It is rare to meet a person that makes everyone around him better. Bob’s legacy will continue through the incredible children he helped to raise.
Jesse Lad
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October 30, 2020
So many great memories. Sally, you and Bob were the first to befriend us when we moved to Shorewood. We will miss Bob but the memories will be with us forever. So sorry he is gone.
Randy Carson
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October 30, 2020
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
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October 30, 2020
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