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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
Fax: (608) 754-7780
Robert Pakes

Robert Pakes Sr.

Friday, August 27th, 1954 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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EDGERTON/ JANESVILLE – Robert “Bob” E. Pakes Sr., age 65, of Edgerton, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Oak Park Place, Janesville. He was born in Janesville on Aug. 27, 1954, the son of the late Eugene “Gene” and Mary (Grant) Pakes. Bob married Karen S. Gessert on Sept. 17, 1977 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Janesville. Bob was first employed by Dana Corporation. During this time, he turned his hobby of working on engines into a small business, Pakes’ Engine and Machine, which he ran out of his home. After Dana, Bob was employed for over 25 years at General Motors, while continuing to grow his shop. In 1995, Bob moved Pakes’ Engine and Machine to its current location in Janesville, where it continued to expand.

Bob loved anything with an engine! He spent countless hours restoring old tractors and cars. However, the time he spent with his grandchildren was what he treasured most! Bob will be remembered for his sense of humor, generous spirit, and big heart. He rarely missed an opportunity to give a friend a hard time and would often go above and beyond to help anyone in need. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Milton, UAW Local 95, the Rock River Thresheree and a member and Director of AERA.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; 3 children: Jennifer (Chris) Krebsbach of Blaine, MN, Bob Pakes Jr., of Beloit, and Joe (Rachel) Pakes of Janesville; 4 beloved grandchildren: Sophie, Nolan, Emmett, and Violet, with his 5th (a granddaughter) due in May. He is further survived by his sister, Diane (Jim) Weins of Milton; and 2 nephews, Brian (Raegen) Weins and Eric Weins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milton. Fr. David Wanish will preside and burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitations will take place on Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, Janesville, and again on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of Mass at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milton. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society or Agrace HospiceCare.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of Bob’s medical teams, for the care and support they offered: MercyHealth System; Erin at Stoughton Home Health; University of Wisconsin Hospital; Dr. Longo and his staff at Froedtert Hospital; As well as the nurses and staffs of Oak Park Place, especially Jennifer, and Agrace HospiceCare.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
    Address
    21 S. Austin Rd.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    When
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Church, Milton
    Address
    837 Parkview Dr.
    MILTON, WI
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 12:30pm
    When
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 12:30pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Church, Milton
    Address
    837 Parkview Dr.
    MILTON, WI
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    Officiant
    Fr. David Wanesh
  • Interment

    Location
    Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    Address
    1827 N. Washington St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Reception

    Location
    Janesvile Elks Lodge #254
    Address
    2100 N. Washington Street
    Janesville, WI, WI 53548
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