Robert Joseph Nolan Sr., 95, of Chilton went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Century Ridge assisted living in Chilton.
Bob was the son of the late Irvin and Stella (Le Mieux) Nolan. Growing up in and around the Green Bay area, he attended Holy Cross Grade School and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. He also attended Monterey High School and graduated from St. Norbert High School in De Pere.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for two years, and was honorably discharged at Fort James in Houston, Texas on July 28, 1946.
After an adventure to California, and a very interesting hitchhike back to Chilton, he reconnected with a girl he had met earlier, Marilyn Miller. After a brief courtship, they were married on Feb. 12, 1947. The couple was married for 62 years until Marilyn died in 2008.
Bob and Marilyn, together, owned and operated Nolan’s Flowers and Gifts for 27 years. During these years, they enjoyed many good times with friends; playing cards, drinking “highballs” and frequently attending Green Bay Packer football games. They enjoyed traveling with family and hosted many a great party.
Bob was an entrepreneur, building the Dairy Queen in Chilton, from which he enjoyed countless hot fudge sundaes, always checking the weight and making sure the DQ “curl” was perfect!
He also opened The Red & White restaurant in New Holstein.
After selling the floral business, he worked for George Ball Seed Company, receiving numerous awards and recognition for outstanding sales.
He was very involved in his community and spearheaded the remodeling of Chilton Area Catholic School. He was especially proud of this project, raising countless funds.
He was instrumental in the building of the Veterans Memorial located in Chilton. It was “One Man’s Dream.” He felt strongly that local veterans should be recognized.
He was also active in the Knights of Columbus reaching Grand Knight status.
Bob and Marilyn’s greatest accomplishment was raising 10 children!
During his last five years living at Century Ridge, he was loved by everyone! Always pleasant, with a great sense of humor, he spent countless hours coloring, a hobby he discovered and greatly enjoyed. He loved having his kids and grandkids visit and color with him. He was proud of his pages, sharing his collection with caregivers and visitors. He ended every phone conversation with “God Bless.”
In the last few weeks, he reflected frequently on his life. He was pleased with his life and proud of his kids, and said he wouldn’t have done anything differently!
Bob is survived by his brother Irwin (Barbara) Nolan and sister Marjorie (John) Brown; brother-in-law James Bloomer and sister-in-law Gretchen (Miller) Bloomer; his children, Robert (Karen) Nolan, Nancy Justinger, Mary (Jim) Jaschob, Patrick Nolan and special friend Cindy Schwarz, Thomas (Peggy) Nolan, Julie (Jim) Vollmer, Jeanne (Peter) Esselman, and Margaret (Robert) Kees; and grandchildren Jenny (Randy) Finley, Joseph Jr. (Tina) Nolan, Jason (Geri) Justinger, Ashley Lukasavage, Jill (Kelly) Hansen, Jessica Spencer, Michael(Kristin) Nolan, Maija (Nolan) Sternhagen, Bryon (Jennifer) Nolan, Paul (Jenni) Nolan, Anthony Nolan, Steve (Kayla) Nolan, Ben Nolan, Joshua (Heather) Nolan, Jacob (Katie) Nolan, Leslie (Aaron) Mauel, Matthieu (Ashley) Vollmer, Eliza (Mitch) Schroeder, Hayden (Ashley) Vollmer, Hannah (Derek) Nelson, Samuel Esselman, Ellisha Kees (Ben Williams), David Kees, Kyle (Whitney) Kees and Nick Kees. Bob and Marilyn also have 37-plus great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Irvin and Stella; step-mom Margaret Nolan; his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Michael and Steven; daughters-in-law Jean Nolan and Debra Rozman; sisters-in-law Nancy (Miller) Nolan, Ina Claire Miller and Joan (Miller) Bruckner; and brothers-in-law John (Margie) Brown, George (Joan) Bruckner and Mike Miller.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 54 E. Main St. in Chilton with the Rev. Jon Thorson officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Friends may call at Wieting Family Funeral Home, 411 W. Main St. in Chilton on Tuesday, May 24 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. A Parish Vigil Service will take place Tuesday evening at the funeral home following the visitation. Those wishing to watch an archived recording of the service or view flowers and gifts given to the family may do so by visiting wietingfuneralhome.com and follow the links.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff of Century Ridge and Calumet County Hospice. A special thank you to Dr. Benjamin Dellaria for the compassionate care given to our Dad. Also to Wieting Family Funeral Home for assisting us in the arrangements.