Robert LurquinIssue Date: October 11, 2018
Robert 'Bob' Lurquin, 90, of Sun Prairie, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital.
Born Jan. 17, 1928 in Oconto Falls, to Henry J. Lurquin and Mary O. (Beno) Lurquin, he married Violet Mae Wallace on Aug. 21,1948 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A native of Green Bay, he was part of a large 2nd and 3rd generation Belgian family. In high school, he was city tennis champion, joined ROTC and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1946. He met Vi Wallace, at a community dance at Bay Beach Pavilion and they married in 1948. That same year, he enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard as a member of the 426th Infantry, 32nd Division which began his long career.
In March of 1953, he accepted a full-time civilian position and within a year was promoted to the rank of 1st Sergeant and transferred to the Two Rivers unit. Five years later, he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer and relocated to Milwaukee.
On Oct. 15, 1961, 22 years to the day his father was called to duty in World War II, he was called to active duty for 10 months during the Berlin Crisis. In 1968 he accepted a position with the Green Bay unit for 12 years, completing the final nine years of his career at the Madison headquarters as Director of Enlisted Personnel. He retired in 1989 as Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4).
In his career, he was awarded many accommodations for good work and in retirement, he was awarded the Legion of Merit medal, the highest award available to civilian military personnel which recognized his outstanding performance of duty, leadership, commitment to excellence and dedication to the National Guard and our Country.
After retirement, he continued to work at the state headquarters and took an active leadership role in the Wisconsin National Guard Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus with the rank of Fourth Degree Knight and a member of the Honor Guard.
He enjoyed traveling, gardening, outdoor activities and cheering for the Green Bay Packers through good times and bad. His life centered around his Catholic faith and devotion to his wife, family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Vi Lurquin; four children, Diane (Jack) Holzman, Sherry (John) Nienow, Lee (Sue) Lurquin and Robert J. (Helen) Lurquin, Jr.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and James; three sisters Marge Garl, Bernice Vincent and Mary Ann Defnet; a granddaughter, Jessica Ritchie-King and a grandson, Ethan Lurquin.
Visitation was held at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Sun Prairie on Monday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt presiding. Memorials can be made in his name to Sacred Hearts endowment fund. Cress Funeral Home of Sun Prairie assisted the family with arrangements.
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