Obituary | Robert Nicholas Puerling, 80, of West Bend

May 18, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Robert Nicholas Puerling – avid golfer, once a fisherman and super fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Gonzaga basketball – entered peacefully into eternal rest with our Lord and Savior on May 15, 2020 with his family by his side. Bob recently celebrated his 80th birthday.


Bob Puerling

In 1989 Bob and Barb bought property in Tomahawk where Bob spent his time fishing; eventually building a new home where they resided from 2000 until 2007. Returning to West Bend in 2007, they spent the past 13 winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

He regrets leaving behind his beloved wife, Barb. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 18th.

Other surviving family members include three daughters: Chris (Pat) Paulik, Lori Smith and Debbie Schultz and his only grandchild and the apple of his eye, Carly Schulz.

He is also survived by his sister Judy (Larry) Danielson and brother Richard, brothers-in-law Dick (Karen) and Bob (Barb) along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob had many cherished friends in his lifetime from Tomahawk to Gulf Shores, Alabama as well as West Bend.

He belonged to the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus and Lodge 1398 Loyal Order of the Moose. He was also a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church since his marriage.

He entered heaven to be greeted by his son Jeff, his parents Nick and Helen Puerling, his in-laws Arnold and Imelda Sauer, his son-in-law Mike Schultz as well as aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Horizon Home Care and Hospice as well as the many family and friends who offered prayers and support.

In order to take appropriate precautions against COVID-19 the family will be holding a private funeral service.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Please visit to sign the online guestbook and leave condolences.


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