Robert Brockman Obituary

Robert P.  Brockman
Robert P. Brockman

June 6, 1921 - August 23, 2019
Born in Plymouth, Wisconsin
Resided in Marinette, Wisconsin

Obituary

Robert P. Brockman died on August 23, 2019. He was born to O.R. and Roma Brockman on June 6, 1921 in Plymouth, Wisconsin. As a child of the “Great Depression” there was no money for continued education, so he was fortunate enough to get a job with Kraft Cheese Co. where he worked for a year to save money for college. He began his post high school education but World War II interrupted the process. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theatre during the war. He spent most of his naval service in the myriad of Philippine islands and ended his service with the invasion of Okinawa and as part of a task force that made an initial landing on Honshu after the Japanese surrender. Prior to his discharge from the Navy, he was promoted to be executive officer of the LST 863. In 1946, he married Betty Weber, of Sheboygan, Wis. who was a member of the faculty at Marinette High School. An idealistic and naïve young man, he believed the horrors of WW II guaranteed peace in the world for the indefinite future and he would bring the joys of academia to the students of Marinette.
Mr. Brockman began a series of additional career choices to supplement his income as a teacher. He supervised basketball leagues for the Marinette Recreational Department. As an advisor to the high school yearbook, he won many national top awards for excellence, and as a result was hired as a consultant for the yearbook of the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. Most importantly, he opened fast food restaurants which became the focus of his remaining working years. A tireless worker, (he often said he didn’t know how to be tired) he spent many months where he worked five days a week at his day job and five nights a week at the business.
In all his endeavors, he was assisted and supported by his wife. They were more than husband and wife. They were a team and best friends. When together they were complete and needed few others in their lives. Even in the later years of her illness he would encourage her to stay home and rest, she accompanied him to work, for she said, “I want to be with you.” Together they had three loving and wonderful daughters who grew up to be beautiful, strong and independent women. Betsy (Mike Werner), Barbara Guenther and Robin Ilse. Five grandchildren, Emily (Jason) Martin, Brock (Stephanie) Werner, Stephanie (Tom) Whalen and Kurt and Grayson Guenther. There are also six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Alexis and Adelyn Martin, Aurora and Iris Whalen, and Drake Werner. Bob spent many years enjoying the company and companionship of his gal, Val LeBoeuf. They enjoyed their time vacationing, playing bridge and dining together. He especially enjoyed sneaking treats to puppy, Coco.
Betty Brockman and Betsy Werner preceded him in death.
For much of his career, Mr. Brockman was an active participant in the Wisconsin Education Association at the state level. He chaired a number of committees and served on the Board of Directors of the WEA Insurance Trust. Also, he served in veterans organizations as a member of the National LST Association, the American Legion and for many years, was State Treasurer of the LST Association.
Despite his many commitments Mr. Brockman found time to further his education and received two grants to study Oriental History and Culture at the University of Idaho, and Media Administration at Purdue. In addition, he earned two Master’s Degrees, an MA in History from Northern Michigan University and an MS in Media from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. To emphasize how important was his belief in education, he donated $300,000 to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Marinette High School student scholarships.
Both he and his family were inveterate travelers, with ambition to see all the world’s great historic sites. As a family, they spent thirty days touring Europe and they continued traveling until his wife’s death made travel impossible. Her death in 1983, after a protracted physical decline, devastated the family. He mourned her passing every day for the rest of his life. Continuing his life without his love, he retired from the school system the same year and continued his travels. Because of his dislike of the rigors of Wisconsin winters, he spent the majority of the winter months on the beach in Florida for over thirty-five years and traveled extensively. He visited all fifty states, most with family. He traveled to all seven continents, including Antarctica and to more than fifty countries. He always said, “the only trips I regret are the ones I didn’t take.”
At his request there is to be no formal service. A party of family and friends commemorating his long and joyous life will be held at a date to be determined.
Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home is assisting the family.

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