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Robert “Bob” Giese

Jan 26, 1950 - May 31, 2023


Robert “Bob” Giese, 73, of Sheboygan passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, Wednesday May 31, 2023. Bob was born January 26, 1950, to the late Robert and Dorothy (Lindeman) Giese. He was raised in Green Bay, graduating from Green Bay East High.
Bob was a natural athlete. Notably a standout baseball player, leading the Fox Valley in batting average his Senior year, which led MLB scouts to take notice. He received an invitation from the Chicago White Sox to “tryout”/participate in training camp. Ultimately, he wasn’t able to accept the invitation because he was drafted into the military, where he proudly served his country for four years in the Coast Guard.
The first two years of his service were spent manning a lighthouse on Little Gull Island. Bob was united in marriage to Anna (Van Lanen) Giese on July 15, 1972 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Askeaton. The couple lived in Connecticut for the last two years of his service while he was assigned search and rescue on the Long Island Sound.
Following Coast Guard services, they returned to Green Bay where he received an Associates degree in model building and design, which led to his career at Kohler Company. He was employed at Kohler for 39 years retiring in 2016, following a career in Industrial Design and Human Factors. Bob helped lead dozens of Kohler products that ultimately received patents.
He was full of life and enjoyed countless adventures and travels with his beloved wife Anna. Family time was a priority for Bob and raising his kids brought him great joy. He deeply treasured his last seven years as a Grandpa and cherished every minute he spent with them.
Bob had empathy for the hungry and coordinated with St. Vincent de Paul to feed families during the holidays. He had a calm and humorous personality with a contagious smile. He enjoyed playing cards and “talking smart”. Bob loved camping, growing and nurturing his many plants, and his daily sudoku and puzzles. He closely followed the Brewers, Badgers, Packers, and Bucks…especially if that meant watching or going to games with his son. He spent countless hours sitting in a lawn chair under shade trees with his radio while listening to Bob Uecker and the Brewers.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years Anna; son Matt (Rachael) Giese of Sun Prairie and their children Grace, Ella and one more on the way; daughter Gina (Andrew) Havlovick of Appleton and their children Winston, Ezra and Violet. Bob is further survived by his sisters Caroline (Richard) Hughes of FL, Sue (Dale) Evraets of KY, Diane (Dale) Zehms of WA, and brother David (Julie) Giese of Suamico.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brother Steve.
Family and friends may gather at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan on Monday June 12, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. A private burial will follow for the family.
Online condolences welcomed at


Date: Monday Jun 12, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Monday Jun 12, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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David and Mary Jo Opgenorth

We were so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Please know we are holding your family close in prayer.

Heather Sibley

Bob! I will remember you fondly. Your special talent of sniffing the jacks, camping in your pop up, watching the thunderstorms over Lake Michigan in the back of the van. My childhood was better because of you and Anna. You watched us grow up and enjoyed the silliness along the way. I am so sad about your passing.

Annie Holcombe

Our hearts are broken at the sudden passing of sweet Uncle Bob. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. To Aunt Anna he will be waiting on the great porch in the sky for you. Love you❤️

Peggy (Krueger) Thorpe

My sympathies to the Giese family. Bob’s sister, Diane, and I were best friends in high school and are still today. May God comfort all of you with His love and peace.

michael king

I'm so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Unfortunately, I cannot attend his memorial service. I enjoyed working with Bob at Kohler Co. He was such a caring and kind guy with such a big heart. He was always smiling and easygoing. I'm praying for his family during this difficult time.

Kim Canisius Hemsing

Anna, Matt, Gina and family. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the passing of a wonderful man. Thoughts and prayers to you and big hugs. Regrettably I will not be at Bobs service but do know I will be thinking of all of you. Anna, any help along the way do not hesitate to contact me, for anything.