Robert Earl Cherry | Deaths – EH Extra


Robert Earl Cherry, We never imagined we would have to write our dad’s obituary 20 months after writing our mom’s, but here we are. Although we are grieving, we are trying to celebrate the fact that Dad chose to join Mom two days before her second heavenly birthday. Our dad, Robert Earl Cherry, gained his angel wings on Friday, February 25, 2022, after many, many years of health issues. We nearly lost him so many times in the last 11 years, it is hard to believe this time is real. He was a kind and gentle soul who made an impact in the lives of so many. He will be dearly missed. His children and grandchildren were his ENTIRE WORLD. We cannot imagine our lives without him in it.
Robert Earl Cherry was born in Marinette, Wisconsin on June 17, 1948, to Earl and Mary Cherry. He married the love of his life, Donna Ebsch, on August 8, 1970. Together, they raised three daughters in the Marinette area where he was a member of the Marinette Jaycees and a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Peshtigo. Bob was also a beloved science teacher at Holy Family School in Marinette, Wisconsin and later at St. Francis Xavier Middle School in Appleton, Wisconsin. He truly cherished each and every one of his students.He was known for his lame jokes, witty comebacks, and compassion for every living thing. Our mom also referred to him as a fountain of useless information, but that is what made him so special to us. He taught his family to appreciate nature every single day. He loved the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, music, fishing, painting, bird watching, westerns, Bob Ross, Bill Engvall, Pentatonix, and any kind of puzzle.
In the last 11 years of Bob’s life, as he dealt with so many, sometimes overwhelming, health issues, it was his mission to make the lives of his caretakers better by showing his appreciation every single day.His caregivers at Brewster Village loved coming into his room to hear his corny jokes and to listen to his music, which he always had playing on his iPad. He was a friend to more people than we can count and will be dearly missed by everyone whose life he touched.
Bob is survived by his three daughters: Heather (Jon) Bakken, Heidi (Luis) Soto, and Holly (Scott) Hartl, and seven grandchildren: Noah, Owen, and Maggie Bakken, Tressa and Emilee Soto, and Annaliese and Levi Hartl. He is further survived by his sister, Susan Cherry, his best friend/cousin/unofficial brother, Dean Cherry, sisters-in-law: Joanne (Dennis) Palzewicz, Jeanette (Bill) Demille, and Carol Ebsch, brothers-in-law: Clayton (Carolyn) Ebsch, Dale (Patty) Ebsch, Steve (Sally) Ebsch, and Roger Ebsch, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob was proceeded in death by his wife, Donna, a grandson, Brady Hartl, his parents, Earl and Mary Cherry, his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Thresa Ebsch, a brother-in-law, Robert Ebsch, a niece, Cheryl Bogdan, and a nephew, Jason Demille.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 411 Vandenbroek Street, Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Robert’s name. For those wishing to view the service online it will be lived streamed at www.stjn.org. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
It is truly impossible to thank every one of our dad’s caregivers; however, we would like to extend an extra special thank you to Dr. Emily Winslow and Dr. Brian Scott, along with Dr. Nick Freeman and the ICU nurses who provided such compassionate care to our dad in his final hours. We would like to further thank the caregivers and staff at Brewster Village in Appleton for the wonderful care given to our dad in the last 13 months.
Dad, while your time here on Earth is done, we take comfort in knowing that you and Mom are together once again. Please smother her with hugs and kisses from all of us and tell her how much we love and miss her. Thank you for everything you taught us and for your endless love and support. Until we meet again, don’t let us keep you.
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