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“Bob and I worked side by side for 20 years as the first two service advisors of Bergstrom Automotive, starting on its very birthday in Neenah. Bob...Read More »
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“So sorry to hear of Bob's death ! My Prayers go out to the Family & Friends ! I Had many of Great years working with Bob and fun times also ! May...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Gary Wismer - NEENAH, WI

“So sorry to here of the passing of Bob. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jeff Zachow - Neenah, WI

“ I will always remember the many good times in the 70's and 80's together, and with our families and friends. Thank you for those memories. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Jane Sackmann - New Port Richey, FL

“Bob and I go way back. I remember the days of riding our stingrays as young teenagers and we remained friends throughout our life. We didn't have as...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Jim Parker - Dunedin, FL - friend


Age 63, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 14 2018. He was born in Appleton, WI on December 3, 1954 to the late Lloyd and Elayne (Ristow) Schabow. Bob was joined in marriage to Michele Lahay on April 11, 1994 in Florida. Bob was proudly employed at Bergstrom Automotive for nearly 35 years. Bob started his career at Bergstrom out of high school; working in customer service and the body shop until his retirement this past December. Bob was passionate about golfing, the Green Bay Packers, baseball, NASCAR, and basically any sport he could get his hands on! He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether to a family member or neighbor. His family will miss his fantastic grilling skills and his classic line, “No two ways about it!”. He loved working on his model railroad set in his basement. Bob will always be remembered for being a wonderful father to his children. Proud supporter of his daughter, Brianna, currently attending UW-Milwaukee, and son, Conner, Private Second Class of the Army National Guard. Bob is survived by his best friend Michele; children, Brianna (special friend Tanner), and Conner. Son of Elayne Schabow. Brother of David Schabow. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other close relatives, friends and furry friend, Farley the family dog. Bob is preceded in death by his father, Lloyd. The funeral service will be at 7:00 PM on Friday April 20th at Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street with Deacon C.F. Dedman officiating. Friends will be received at the Wichmann Funeral Home on Friday, April 20th, from 3:00 PM until the time of the service. Private interment will be held at a later date. The family would like to express a special thank you to neighbors of the family, the medical staff at ThedaCare Appleton and to of the City of Appleton Fire Department Station #4.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Friday, April 20
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Wichmann Funeral Home

537 North Superior Street Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 766-6200


Friday, April 20
7:00 PM    3676333 3772973 20180420T190000

Wichmann Funeral Home

537 North Superior Street Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 766-6200