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Robert "Bobby" L. Burmeister

May 7, 1955 ~ January 6, 2019 (age 63)

Robert Lyn Burmeister passed on January 5th, 2019 at the age of 63 years young. Bobby was born on May 7th, 1955 in Marathon to Henry and Barbara Burmeister.

Bobby graduated from Marathon High School in 1974 and enlisted in the United States Marines in 1976 to serve his country. During his time with the Marines he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Returning to the states in 1979. Bobby was excited to get back home to see one girl. But little did he know she was waiting for him also. That lucky girl was Rene’e Dombrowski. "Bobby's Girl"

They were soon married on June 19th, 1982. The newlyweds moved onto the family farm and started Bobby's first business venture, A&B Sales. During his time at A&B Bobby helped innovate the ginseng industry with his own design of a ginseng root washer that is still used in the industry today. A&B soon dissolved, and R&R Machinery started and thrived for 10 years. Bobby then took his sales experience and charming smile into the auto industry with the creation of Custom Touch Auto Sales which still operates today.

Bobby's hobbies were his work, friends and family. He was a jack of all trades.  Bobby took pride in taking over the family farm that has been in the Burmeister name for over 100 years. He treasured his visits with friends and family. Bobby didn't need world travels, he loved his time at home with his wife and kids.  

Bobby had many accomplishments that he was proud of, none more so than their 3 blessings of Sarah, Bruce, and Derek. From building dollhouses for Sarah, go-karting with Bruce and fishing with Derek everyday was a new adventure and he loved every moment he spent with his children. As time went by he had 1 more blessing, his granddaughter Madisyn. He loved Madisyn so much and would tell her every time he would see her.  Madisyn truly loved and will miss her Papa.

Survivors include his wife, Rene’e Burmeister, Marathon; two children, Sarah (Ehren) Malinowski, Wausau and Derek Burmeister, Minnetonka, MN; one granddaughter, Madisyn; three siblings, Gary (Suzanne) Burmeister, Marathon, Helen (Robert) Kuklinski, Hatley and Allen Burmeister, Marathon; one brother-in-law, Randy (Jeanene) Dombrowski, Georgia; and nieces and nephews, Albert (Cheryl), Lynette (Jeremy), Lee (Gina), Jordan, Lisa, Mike, Breanna and Leah.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Bruce; and one nephew, Little Bobby Kuklinski.

It is impossible to comprehend or quantify exactly the man Bobby was to this world and to his family.  He was a husband, father, papa, uncle, cousin, friend, entrepreneur, teacher, role model, and yes, he was a bit of a rebel.  He was whatever we needed him to be.  Bobby would drop everything at moment’s notice to help family and friends.  He brightened up the lives of so many.  The truth is we will never fully know what happened the day Bobby passed.  Bobby will be beyond missed.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 280 County Road A, Marathon.  Rev. Philip Bogen will officiate.  Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, where full Military Honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion, Alex Dreikosen Post No. 469, Marathon.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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