Robert B. Shively Sr.

Robert B. Shively Sr.

Robert B. Shively Sr., age 83 passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the Pine Villa Memory Care community in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

He was born May 18, 1937 to the late (Taylor) Howard and Mary (Rader) Shively. Bob graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Virginia, class of 1955, and the University of Richmond in Virginia in 1959. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Bette) Whitlock on March 28, 1959. Upon graduation, Bob worked at his family’s car dealership, “Shively Chevrolet” in Altavista, Virginia. In 1966 he accepted a position with Allis Chalmers in Richmond, VA, after which he transferred to Milwaukee where they raised their sons. As Bob’s career advanced, they moved to Lee’s Summit, MO then Sycamore, IL. He remained at Allis Chalmers/Deutz/AGCO for 36 years before retiring in 2002 and moving to Middleton, WI in 2003.

Bob was a lifelong scouter, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and later serving as his sons’ Scoutmaster. Upon retirement he and Bette enjoyed traveling to visit friends and relatives. He also found pleasure in gardening in support of the Middleton Outreach Ministry and rekindling his interest in Lionel trains with his grandsons. He thoroughly enjoyed attending his sons’, and later his grandsons’, sporting events and other activities. Bob was a cherished husband, devout dad, and loving grandpa and great grandpa who made countless sacrifices for his family. He relished being a grandpa and was so proud of each of his grandchildren.

Bob was a true southern gentleman and was affectionately known as “Sweet ol’ Bob” (SOB) among his family, friends and colleagues.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bette, their 2 sons, Robert Jr. (Deanna) of Sauk City, and Houston (Mary) of Pewaukee. 6 grandchildren: Taylor, Stephen, Cody (Jenny), Alexis, Logan & Mackenzie; and 3 great grandchildren: Wyatt, Hazel & Callie. He is further survived by his brother-in-law Barton (Ann) Whitlock, sisters-in-law Monica Whitlock and Sandra Hahn, and other relatives.

Bob’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the very caring and dedicated staff at Pine Villa Memory Care. We are especially grateful to Kevin Klingenmeyer from Agrace hospice for his compassionate care of Bob and support for Bette.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date, post-pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s memory can be made to Agrace hospice ( or the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance (