Robert L. “Bob” Mertes, age 68, of Plymouth, WI, entered into eternal life on July 29, 2017.

Bob was born on January 27, 1949 in Sheboygan, WI, a son of the late Gilbert and Virginia (Roelse) Mertes.

On June 16, 1983 he was united in marriage to Patricia Bradley in Sheboygan, WI; the couple has been married for 34 years. Bob worked in maintenance for several factories in Sheboygan, and for the last 20 years has worked with several farmers in the Oostburg area.

He was a member of the EWSCA for 50 years; he was the flagman at the Plymouth Track from 1982 to 1989 and worked on several of the cars. The last few years he enjoyed working on the track for the races every Saturday night. He enjoyed the NASCAR races as well as watching his son TJ race go carts for several years and he also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Kaylee and Carson.

He is survived by his wife: Patricia of Plymouth; Son: TJ of Plymouth; Daughter: Kimberly (Brian) Kotlowski of Howards Grove; Step-daughter: Fran O’Brien (friend: Ozzie) of Sheboygan Falls; Two very special grandchildren: Kaylee and Carson; Brother: Jim Mertes (friend: Betty) of Sheboygan Falls; and Sister: Betty Grothe of Plymouth.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, John Grothe, and a few cousins. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Following Bob’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held Thursday, August 3 at at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Rev. DuWayne Hanke officiated.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Bob’s name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

Bob’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Dr. Chen, and the staff of Vince Lombardi Cancer Center in Sheboygan for all the care and compassion given to Bob.

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