Robert L. Van Buskirk – My Racine County

Robert L. Van Buskirk, 85, of Burlington, passed peacefully to eternal life on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at his home.

Bob was born on March 5, 1938 in Burlington to the late Henry and Velasca (nee Bender) Vanbuskirk. He married the late Arlene (nee York) Jacobson on September 12, 1981.

Bob grew up in Wisconsin Dells and left school in the eighth grade to help his mother run her family farm when his father died. When he wasn’t working on the farm, he went to a local auto body shop where he learned his mechanical skills. He moved to Springfield when he was 16 and spent time building scooters, go-karts, and dune buggies. He rebuilt used car engines and repaired several family members’ cars. He spent most of his career as a foreman in the manufacturing industry.

Bob enjoyed traveling with Arlene and spending many years camping in the Wisconsin Dells along with hosting family at camp. He loved his two late dachshunds, Dominic and DJ. He adopted his new companion Frankie from the Lakeland Animal Shelter. Bob was known for his giving heart and helped his neighbors by mowing the lawn and plowing the snow. He was a volunteer member of the Lyon Fire Department and served as treasurer. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva.

Bob is survived by his children, James (Ethel) Van Buskirk of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Barb (Mark) Vandelarchut of Green Bay, Noreen (Ron) Shinn of Trevor, Cheryl (David) Sullivan of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Ray Jacobson of Lake Geneva, Robin (Roger) Pugh of Mukwonago, David (Lori) Jacobson of Lake Geneva; grandchildren Ronnie, Nicole, Lucas, James, Michael, Thomas, Steven, Kelsey, Tracy, Jennifer, Robert, Kyle, Ryan, John, Connor, Zach, Luke, Shelby, and Lance; and great-grandchildren, Eli, Lilith, Kyle, Brett, Paige, Jay, Josie, Tristan, Leo, Alex, Molly, Max, Warren, Regan, and Louise.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sisters Evelyn Moore and Lois McCutchen, his brother Paul Whitmire, his son Robert H. Van Buskirk, and his granddaughter Adriana Parker.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Lazarczyk Family Funeral Home, 515 Center Street, Lake Geneva, on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. A private burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeside. Geneva, where he will be buried next to his wife.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lakeland Animal Shelter in Delavan or to Aurora Health and Home Hospice Care.

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