Robert Laabs

Robert Edward Laabs of Jackson, formerly of Grafton, passed away at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at the age of 83.

He was born in Freistadt to Elmer and Mildred Laabs on Aug. 24, 1938, and they referred to him as “Little Bobby.”

Bob married Sharon Kornfehl (1941-2008) on June 27, 1959, in Milwaukee and together they had four children.

After his wife’s passing, he was united in marriage to Shirley Krejci on April 24, 2011, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Bob was a 1956 graduate of Cedarburg High School. He retired from American Motors after 30 years of dedicated service as a steamfitter.

Bob also took over the family business at the age of 16 and operated Laabs Well Drilling until his passing.

He and Shirley were members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Bob enjoyed traveling, going out to eat and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   

He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and would not be disturbed during a game.

Bob is survived by his wife Shirley; his children Lynn Laabs, Lisa (Jon) Pease, Daniel (Vickie) Laabs and David (Michele) Laabs and Darryl Krejci and family; grandchildren Shannen, Rachel, Ashley, Jonathon, Kati and Jake; great-grandchildren Sophia, Levi, Isabel and Ian; and sister Kathleen Bavuso.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sharon and brother Richard Laabs.

A funeral service was held at 6 p.m. Aug. 30, 2022, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1332 Arrowhead Rd., Grafton, Wis. 53024. Visitation took place at the church from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bob was laid to rest at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

Bob’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton for all their care and support.

Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.

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