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Robert, 83, also known as “Bob” to his friends and family, passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2023. He was born to Robert and Ellene Branstetter on July 21, 1939 in Primghar, IA.
Bob found and married his first love Jeanne in 1958. They were happily married for 52 years. During that time they raised four amazing children. They moved to Florida in 1965 where Bob went to work for the City of Boca Raton Fire Department. He worked there for 20 years and retired as a captain. He also started his own business, Branstetter Tax and Accounting, where he employed many of his family members and gained many new friendships over the years by doing his clients taxes.
He recently retired from the tax business and started traveling the country in his motorhome with his second love, Sherri. Bob loved to travel and got the opportunity to travel to 49 of the 50 states. He missed Hawaii. Bob was a great cook and loved to invite friends over so he could cook for them. He had the opportunity to become a BBQ judge and judged for the Florida BBQ Association. Bob loved to play golf and loved playing it with his family and friends. He recently won the “green jacket” at the KOA putt-putt golf tournament where they raised money for Kids Care Camp. Bob was also a big believer in giving back to the community. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge and the VFW Auxiliary Post 10539. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 4509 and a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters for 56 years.Bob was a Christian and believed Jesus Christ is his Lord and savior. He is surely in heaven rejoicing with the family and friends who have gone on the meet the Lord before him. What a glorious time they are all having!
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Ellene; his first love, Jeanne; and his grandson, Steven Kelly Schmidt.
He is survived by his children, Kendyl (Doug) Arnold, Todd (Liz) Branstetter, Tammy (Steve) Schmidt and Robyn Harris; his grandchildren, Ryan, Brittney, Jennifer, Andres, Jackson, Austin, Zachary, Christopher, Jeffrey (JJ) and Jameson (Jaime); his great grandchildren, Jackson, Jordyn, Jillian, Leonardo, and Brayson; his sister, Linda (Russ) Papy; three nieces, Nicole, Michelle, Danielle; many great nieces and nephews; and his second love, Sherri.
A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, February 25, 2023 with the family receiving friends at 10:00 am followed by the service at 11:00 am at The Gathering Church. Pastor Mike Brown will be officiating.
Those wishing to send a memorial contribution in his name may send it to Hospice of Okeechobee.
Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com
All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.