Robert W. Menard

Robert W. Menard

August 24, 1958 – May 12, 2020


Bob passed away surrounded by family after battling cancer for almost two years with the strength of Superman.

He was preceded in death by parents, Bernard (Ben) and Marie Menard; sisters, Mary Ellen Menard and Patty Reynolds.  Survived by wife, M. Francie Menard; daughter, Tina M. Petersen; son, Joshua J. Menard; grandchildren, Taylor M. and Cole R. Petersen; brothers, Bernard (Kay) Menard, Joe (Cindy) Menard; sisters: Kathy Schneider, Marg (Pete) Peterson, Barb Harrell, Marie Lesley, and Annette Carpender; brothers-in-law: Tony Greise, John (Bev) Greise, Joe (Diane) Greise, and Pat (Cindy) Greise, sisters-in-law: Cathy Hanusek, Patti (Daryl) Duit, Theresa Marsh, and Ann Reece, numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and friends.

Bob had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, softball, and tending his vegetable and flower gardens.  Loved God and family.  Loved playing Santa Claus at family Christmas parties every year.  Bob rarely missed a family gathering where he was always the center of attention with story telling that always made everyone laugh.  No one was a stranger to Bob.  His wit and sense of humor was one of a kind.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob often bragged about how beautiful and smart his daughter, Tina, was; and what a great man his son, Josh, turned out to be.  He loved to talk about how intelligent his grandchildren, Taylor and Cole, were and said he would be watching over them.

VIGIL SERVICE: Sunday, May 17th, 6pm, at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (16701 S St.).  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, May 18th, 10:30am, St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.


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  • Kara Freeman Posted May 14, 2020 6:26 pm

    All of us at the Pump & Pantry in Burwell are so sorry to hear about Bob. We have gotten to know him and his friends over the last several years. Bob was always one to give us heck, so we gave it right back. He was lots of fun. We will never forget him asking my sister Tiffani if she had a new grandbaby. She was only 31 and it was her baby. We will miss him. We are praying for your family and friends as I know he will be greatly missed.

    • Tina Posted May 14, 2020 10:18 pm

      Thank you for making us smile. My brother Josh will surely make sure he continues the laughter!

  • Tiffani Svoboda Posted May 14, 2020 6:46 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Bob years ago when he started coming to Burwell. I will always remember the time he asked if I had a new grandbaby after the birth of my youngest son. Or the time he heard us yell fire and helped us put out the fire in the laundry room at the Pump and Pantry. He was such a nice guy and will be so missed by all of us that knew him here in Burwell. Hie will live on in everyone who knew and loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Tina Posted May 15, 2020 11:20 pm

      absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing

  • Jim Cannon Posted May 14, 2020 6:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family. Bob was a great guy. I really enjoyed bowling and golfing with him all these years. I will miss him dearly.

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:22 pm

      Thank you Jim!

  • Cole Bridges Posted May 15, 2020 10:26 am

    Bob Was one heck of a man, father and friend. I enjoyed working with him at USG..He was one of my life long Idols, and man any one could look up too.. He will be truley missed. So sorry for your families loss. God bless you all.
    Cole Bridges

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:23 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. He will be greatly missed.

  • Micki McDole Posted May 15, 2020 1:10 pm

    I am unbelievably sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father grandfather, brother , friend. Bob fought like the WARRIOR he was. Prayers for all of you!

    • Cindy Menard Posted May 15, 2020 10:11 pm

      Thank you Micki, we appreciate your kind words.

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:49 pm

      Thank you. He was definitely our superhero

  • Jason Mayberry Posted May 15, 2020 2:30 pm

    Bob was a huge part of sculpting me into who I am today. Worked with him at USG then UGS. I learned so much from him and looked up to him even though I was a foot taller. I moved on in work and lost track and didn’t realize his struggle. I’ve often wanted to thank him for his knowledge and work ethic, however never did.
    I will thank his family for sharing Bob with me. He’s one of a kind and always talked highly of each of you.
    Thank you Bob

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:50 pm

      I have no doubt he can still hear you. He knows 🙂
      Thank you for sharing!

  • Mary Jo Penry Posted May 15, 2020 3:18 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Bob. I worked with him for years at USG. Bob was always a lot of fun, but he was also a very caring person. I’m sure he will be watching over his loved ones forever. He was a great guy,
    He will be missed.

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:51 pm

      Thank you for the comments. We surely do miss him.

  • larry kaiser Posted May 16, 2020 5:01 pm

    Condolences to the Menard Family..
    Enjoyed bowling with and against Bob at Gateway lanes in elkhorn and many other places!! He was always fun to compete with and be around..

  • Carole Anderson Posted May 17, 2020 7:25 am

    I didn’t know you well, Bob, or see you often, especially after our kids left the nest. But what I remember is how genuinely nice and kind you were. I’m sorry you lost your battle with cancer. I’ll be praying for all of your loved ones, especially Francie, Tina, and Josh. Rest peacefully now, Bob.

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:53 pm

      Thank you. We appreciate the prayers. He took good care of us and we will greatly miss him. He fought hard for a long time. He is finally at peace.

  • dennis birnstihl Posted May 17, 2020 2:25 pm

    Bob was a real stand up hard working person.I loved working along side Bob for many years.

  • Roger Francoeur Posted May 18, 2020 12:08 pm

    To Bob’s family; I’ve known Bob through golf for a number of years and he was always the center clown, joke teller, competitor, yet best a great family man. No matter how many times I checked in with him during his struggles he always replied he was doing well (always positive) and would give his shirt to anyone that would need it. When I heard of his passing, it will leave a hole in my heart losing such a good friend but I know he is in a better place. God bless my friend and someday we will see each other again. With loving prayers to you and your family – Roger

  • Dillon Baker Posted May 18, 2020 6:36 pm

    I remember Bob from fishing and hunting trips with his brother in law Pat. He was always quick to crack a joke and make you smile. He also made great duck blind food! Although I only met him a handful of times, I will remember the fun I had with him for years to come.

    • Tina Posted May 19, 2020 12:50 pm

      He can surely cook haha thank you for sharing the great memories

  • Dave Livingston Posted May 19, 2020 10:58 am

    After hearing of Bobs passing I found myself hugging my wife and crying uncontrollably on her shoulder. Luckily after high school I found myself working with Bob at USG. The example he set , in every aspect of life, are examples I still use to help me today. I am very thankful for the time I was able to spend with Bob and want to offer my condolences to his family.
    David Livingston

  • Dolores DeBiak Posted May 19, 2020 11:02 pm

    I feel so sad for all the Menard family. I have known Bob since he was a boy, always happy, always a smile. God Bless all of you. Dolores DeBiak

  • Steve Baker Posted July 13, 2020 10:45 pm

    Bob was a friend and a hunting and fishing mentor to my son and daughter. He gave selflessly of his time to teach them to hunt waterfowl and turkey and to fish. He and Pat gave them and I memories that will last a lifetime. I can’t remember any time I spent with Bob that I didn’t laugh and thoroughly enjoy myself. He touched us all and I’m fortunate to have known him. May God bless Bob’s family. Godspeed my friend. You are missed.

  • Lou c Benis Posted August 16, 2021 5:40 am

    Sorry, just found out about Bob. , My condolences.

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