Sunday, April 25, 2010

Robert J Fergus

Robert James Fergus, age 73, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his wife and kids.

Bob was born on July 23, 1936, in Racine to the late David and Lucille (Nee: Braund) Fergus.  Bob married the love of his life, Bunny, after meeting her in college at Whitewater.  They had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with the entire family in northern Wisconsin.   They have four children, RJ, Gary, Gregg and Renee.

Bob loved spending time with his family and could often be seen at his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, typically filming them with his original 8mm movie camera, and in later years with his digital camera.   His passion was golfing and traveling with Bunny and their close friends.  Bob loved going to the Villages in Florida to escape the winters in Racine, and was known as the scorekeeper for his Wednesday morning golf group.  Bob’s other passion was fishing and he and son, Gary, spent most mornings perch fishing on Lake Michigan.

Bob started in real estate over 40 years ago when Babe Peterson gave him his start and they became lifelong friends.  He retired from First Weber in January 2010. Bob was a veteran and served his country proudly in the US Air Force.

Bob was able to make everyone around him feel comfortable and loved.  Even during his three-month battle with cancer, he was so grateful to the doctors and nurses that he made them feel special and appreciated.  He will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend.  He will be missed by many in the Racine area.

Survivors include his wife, Bunny; his son, RJ and fiancée Jennifer Houtz, his grandsons, Wes and Mitch; son, Gary Fergus and his wife Peggy and grandchildren Carl, Craig, Joe, Caleb and great-grandchild, CJ; son, Gregg and his wife Bev and grandchildren Jake, Max and Annie; daughter Renee and her husband Glenn Hansen and grandchildren Blake and Bradley.

Bob is further survived by his three sisters, Carol Quella, Bonnie Marsh and Susan Conway of Racine.  In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Fergus.

A Memorial Service, to celebrate Bob’s life, will be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 30, at 1 p.m., with Pastor James Barsch officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family prior to the service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Hitters Baseball Club, 4726 6 Mile Road, Racine, WI 53402 have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Michael Mullane and the staff at Oncology Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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Sharon Smolensky said...

Bob will be remembered as a gentleman, a respected and trusted Realtor and a great golfer. He will be truly missed! May he rest in peace.

John P. Crimmings said...

Bob truly was a gentleman and a wonderful person. His passion was his family and he enjoyed every opportunity to be with them and enjoy them. I have had the distinct pleasure to have worked with Bob for 25 years. He added a wonderful warmth to our company and he will be missed tremendously. Our sincerest sympathy to Bunny and his family.