Robert V. Landeau passed away early Friday morning, October 2, 2009, with his loving family by his side. On July 19, 1946, he was joined in marriage to Violet Rasmussen, his beloved wife of 58 years who preceded him in death exactly five years ago on October 2, 2004.
Bob was born in Kenosha on October 5, 1920, son of the late Edward and Iva (nee: Zettle) Landeau. His family owned and operated a riding academy in Kenosha.
During World War II, Bob proudly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the China/Burma/India Theater (Merrill’s Marauders). He was employed by Massey-Ferguson for over thirty-five years until his retirement in 1974. Bob also worked as an installer with Sears-Roebuck and Goldblatts. He enjoyed waterskiing, boating, camping and playing pool. He traveled throughout the country with his motor home and Holiday Rambler friends. More recently he played “Hot Dice” and Tiger Woods Golf. Bob was known for his warm sense of humor, generosity, and stories of his war and travel adventures. Everyone who met Bob loved him. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving son, David (Sherry) Landeau of Burlington; his grandchildren, Matthew Landeau of Racine, Sara Landeau of Brooklyn, NY; brother, Lawrence “Babe” (Donna) Landeau of FL; sister-in-law, Jonnie (David) Butkiewicz of Racine; special friend Marilyn Zacharias; friends Cathy and Sarah; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Warner; and his sister, Shirley “Sis” Longhurst.
A Memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.
A special thank you to the staff at Hospice Alliance for all of their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888