THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Robert M. Harbick
Issue Date: November 1, 2017
A former prominent Marinette resident, Robert M. Harbick, 75, of Eustis Florida, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 after a brief stay at the Cornerstone Hospice in Taveras, Fla.
Born July 31, 1942 in Menominee, Mi., to the late Wilmer and Dorothy (LeMay) Harbick, he attended St. Joseph Grade School and was a graduate of Marinette Catholic Central High School. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War.
After returning to Marinette, he joined the Marinette Police Department and then attended the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing, Mi. He returned to Marinette and joined the Marinette County Sheriff's Department where he was a deputy for 17 years.
He was elected to the Office of Marinette County Clerk where he served three terms and then ran for Sheriff, serving two terms as Marinette County Sheriff.
After retiring from county government he owned and operated Memories Restaurant for 13 years. He was elected Mayor of Marinette and served two term. During his years in Marinette, he was a member of many local organizations, including the American Legion, Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, attaining the Fourth Degree and a lifetime member of The Elks Club
In August of 1966, he married Bette J. Oehler and they have a son, Scott. In February of 2004 he and Jean (Linser) Lemery were married.
He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson and step-grandchildren. He and Jean loved traveling, cruising and were enjoying their home in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Lemery-Harbick; a son, Dr. Scott (Dr. Kara) Harbick and their son, Maxwell of Appleton; Jean's children, Angela (Matthew) Heald and their children, Quinton and Delaney, Ross Lemery and his children, Claire, Elias and Cecilia; brothers, Paul (Agnes) Harbick of BellaVista, Ar. and Steve (Mary) Harbick of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Marie (Dan) O'Rourke of Dunkirk, N.Y.; his former wife, Bette Harbick and nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Peter.
Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Newberry Ave. in Marinette on Friday, Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a Vigil Prayer Service. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2715 Taylor Street, Marinette on Saturday, November 4 at 11:30 a.m.
With participation in Marinette City and County government always dear to Bob's heart, in lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established for The New Recreation Center in Marinette. Memorials can also be made to the Cornerstone Hospice Center.