Roger Ungrodt

Robert “Bob” Ungrodt of Washburn passed away after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bob was born in Ypsilanti, MI to Paul Sr. and Alyce (Peterson) Ungrodt. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in “Ypsi”, attended Cleary College and worked as a purchasing agent for 20 years at Refrigeration Research in Brighton, MI. Bob thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at the game of tennis. He learned how to play on clay courts built by a neighborhood family. His Linden Court friends in Ypsi were dear to him and even after his later move to Washburn, he visited them regularly back in Michigan. Trips up to the family cottage in Washburn were the highlight of his vacation time. Bob was also an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsi.

In 1984 Bob moved up north to Washburn where his family roots began. His talents were needed to manage the family business. Bob co-owned and operated the Ungrodt Hardware, founded in 1886 (now the Washburn Hardware) for 24 years until his retirement in 2008. Bob was also the property manager for his beloved “Baybreeze” family cottage on the Big Lake.

His life in Washburn involved helping organizations better the community for all. Bob was a 30-year member of the Lion’s Club, a devoted member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, a Washburn Boosters Club member, a School District long term planning Committee member, a 29-year board of Director for Northern Lights Health Care Center, and a former Board President and docent for the Washburn Cultural Center (WCC). Bob was so proud of his Washburn home and being able to see the WCC that was founded by his brother “Skip”, grow and serve the community. In his later years his volunteer work as a docent for the WCC was his favorite activity, coupled with attending car shows with his two antique cars - the ’37 Olds “Black Beauty” and the ’55 Olds, with his brother “Brud”.

Bob was an avid U of Michigan Wolverine and Green Bay Packers fan. His enthusiasm for sports was infectious.

Bob was loved by many and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers, “Skip” and “Brud”.

He is survived by nephew Tom (Diane) of Ann Arbor, MI; niece Susan (Jim) of Plymouth, MI; niece Sara of Montrose, CO; his brother Brud’s wife, Elissa of Costa Mesa, CA; and many grand nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Messiah Lutheran church, with Pastor Nancy Hanson officiating, on Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family requests that donations be made in Bob’s honor, to the following organizations:

Washburn Museum and Cultural Center 1 East Bayfield Street, Washburn, Wisconsin 54891

Messiah Lutheran Church 231 W. 5th Street, Washburn, WI 54891

The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn is handling the arrangements.

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