Robert F. Curtin

Robert F. Curtin
Robert F. Curtin

Retired Circuit Judge Robert F. Curtin, age 93 years, left this world to join his Savior Jesus Christ on June 1, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City, WI. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Roxbury.

He was born on October 9, 1920 to Joseph and Kate (Trainor) Curtin in Natchez, Mississippi. He graduated from Wisconsin High School in Madison, WI in 1937. He went to the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1942. He served as a Naval pilot during World War II, flying in the South Pacific and the Aleutians during the war. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Senior Grade in 1946.

After the war, Robert continued his education at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he received his law degree in May of 1948. He practiced law in Madison with the law firm of Hill, Beckwith & Harrington until he established his own law office in Sauk City in January, 1950.

On April 19, 1952 Robert married the love of his life, Jean Lachenmaier, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Robert was a devoted and loving husband and father. Robert and Jean were blessed with four children and Robert had many wonderful memories of family vacations and time spent with his children.

Through the years of raising his family, Robert was very active in many state, civic and community organizations including the Wisconsin State Bar Association, Sauk County Bar Association, American Legion, Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus, Sauk City Men’s Club, Sauk City Housing Authority Board and more. Robert also was the Village Attorney for the villages of Sauk City, Prairie du Sac and Merrimac.

In 1976, he merged his law office with Attorney Gerald Glynn, and continued to practice law in Prairie du Sac until he was elected Sauk County Circuit Judge in 1981, taking office in January, 1982. Upon his retirement in July, 1993 he continued to serve as a Reserve Judge until January, 2005.

Robert was an avid golfer and a long time member of Lake Wisconsin Country Club. He honed his golf skills in retirement and scored two holes in one, and posted multiple 18-hole games with scores under his age. He particularly enjoyed playing golf with his children, usually besting them on the links.

Survivors include his wife Jean of Sauk City; four children, Ellen Hilliard of Bloomington, MN; Joseph (Suzan) Curtin of Gillette, WY; Mary (Steven) Baker of Center City, MN; and David (Suzanne) Curtin of Stevens Point, WI; and five grandchildren (Christopher, Joseph, Tiffany, Robert, and Michael). He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph and Judge John Curtin in 1985. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.