Burke Robinette

August 5, 1928 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 92)


Dr. Burke Allan Robinette passed away on December 30, 2020, at age 92.   He was born on August 5, 1928, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Edward and Pauline (Schaefer) Robinette.   He graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at age 21.  He went on to practice veterinary medicine in the Coleman and Lena area for the next 42 years.  Burke married Helen Bowman in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 30, 1955.  They were married for over 65 years and enjoyed a wonderful life together with their families and friends never far away.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and “Pa” to his grandchildren.  He loved to travel, tell stories, and collect antiques.  Helen and Burke visited many countries on six continents and enjoyed 27 winters at South Padre Island, Texas.  They moved to Green Bay in 2013 after 57 years in the same house in Coleman.

Burke held many positions in the organizations in which he was involved. These included the United Methodist Church at Lena and Oconto Falls, the Coleman Businessmen’s Association,
the Coleman Pound Lions Club, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.  He joined the Masonic Order in 1956 at Oconto Falls and later transferred membership to Washington Lodge #0021 in Green Bay.  He also belonged to the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Green Bay, was a charter member of Beja Shriners of Green Bay, and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Upper Peninsula Court #180.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, James Robinette; his sister-in-law, Bethel Robinette; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Bennett, Austin Bowman, and Walter Bowman.  Burke is survived by his wife, Helen; his three daughters, Susan (Mark) Schaenzer, Janet (Joseph) Leuman and Barbara (Jeffrey) Lauscher; his seven grandchildren, Dr. Sara (Brittany Russell) and John Schaenzer, Joseph and Anne Leuman, Brian (Florian Stiel), Matthew and Andrea Lauscher; his great-granddaughter, Eliana Schaenzer Russell; his sister, Janet Bennet; his in-laws, June (Bowman) and Charley Stokoe, Ethel Bowman, Michael Bowman, and Galen Bowman; and nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held with Reverend Myron Christensen officiating.  Interment will be at the Masonic Section of Fort Howard Memorial Park in Green Bay.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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