Robert "String" D. Baldwin, age 65, of Janesville, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center, Janesville, He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on Aug. 17, 1947, the son of Rose E. Hatcher and Robert D. Baldwin. He married Katherine Ziegler Wyss in Duluth, MN on Dec. 8, 1983. String was passionate about creating fantasy art, performing in Community Theater, and living life through music. Bob worked for the City of Duluth as a city planner and was founding director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Freeport, IL. Bob retired as the Diversity Specialist for the Janesville School District in 2011. Bob was a tireless educator and advocate for issues related to diversity, equality, and social justice. He challenged everyone to make a difference . He joined his good friend Santo Carfora as diversity, anti-racism trainer. He served as NAACP President- Duluth Chapter and was a co-founder of Men as Peacemakers. Bob was enormously proud of his amazing children and adored his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kate, of Janesville; 7 children: Derek (Lori) Baldwin of MN, Bliss (Foster) Peterson of GA, Jennifer Wyss of MN, Jason Baldwin of MN, Matthew Wyss of MN, Andrea (Andrew) Knutson of MN and Sara Baldwin of Washington DC; 9 grandchildren: Jordan, Carter, Hunter, Jack, Henry, Gray, Davis, Mylo and Mae; 4 siblings: Deborah Polk of PA, Jack (Renyce) Baldwin of PA, Ronald Hatcher of NJ and Thomas Hatcher of FL; brother-in-law, Douglas (Nancy) Ziegler of Janesville; and mother-in-law, Gloria J. Ziegler of Janesville. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 siblings, Timothy and Sylvia Hatcher.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at ROTARY GARDENS, Janesville. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.