He was born in Rockdale, IL on August 14, 1922. He married Bernice Molesky on April 22, 1944 ahead of his deployment to the European Theater during World War II at Camp Pickett, VA. Robert served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of W.W. II. Before moving to Wild Rose, he was a longtime resident of the Joliet, IL area working at Honiotes Brothers Food Mart as a butcher. He was active in the local community and politics, with a passion for travel over his lifetime. He instilled this passion in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include: a son, Robert Petrusa; three grandsons, Zachary, Matthew and Joshua Baitinger; two granddaughters, Kate and Annie Petrusa and five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Jacob, Stella, Ezra and Reese. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice and his daughter, Diane.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life on Monday, June 26th from 4-7 p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Wild Rose, WI. Interment will occur at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the VFW Post 1037 in Waupaca, WI directly. The Holly Funeral Home of Wild Rose is assisting the family with arrangements.