Graveside services and military honors for Robert W. “Butch” Daumer Jr., will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 18, in the Bremen Cemetery. A celebration of his life will immediately follow in the V.F.W. Post 8972/American Legion Post 191 home located at 1750 W. Plymouth St., Bremen.
Butch died suddenly on Friday, July 15, 2016, in the Corona Regional Medical Center in California. Butch was a former Lake of the Woods resident and has made Corona his home for the past few years.
He was born the son of Robert W. Sr. and Mary E. (Anderson) Daumer in Gary on March 1, 1946. He was raised in Lake County, and graduated from Hammond Tech High School with the Class of 1964. In 1966, he entered the United States Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Center and then served during the Vietnam War time on the U.S.S. Point Defiance and received an honorable discharge.
Butch was respected in the field of sales and retired in 2010 as a route salesman for the LaVille Barber Supply. In California, he worked part-time as a NAPA Auto Parts delivery person. In life he has enjoyed the serenity of lake life, water sports and was a Bill Elliott NASCAR fan.
Above this was his desire to be a servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With that servants heart he brought the Word to many without being judgmental as he volunteered with the Prison Fellowship Ministry in Chicago and California. He became a father figure to many over the years. In Corona he did this weekly with his spouse Linda through Crossroads Church.
Butch was a devoted family man and husband to two lovely ladies. His first love and marriage was to Memoree L. “Mem” (Swart) Daumer on Aug. 19, 1967, in Bremen. She would precede him in death on Jan. 26, 1999. On Dec. 30, 2001, in Evergreen Park, Ill., he married the former Linda C. Ziegler who now survives.
He was a loving father, stepfather, and grandfather to his two children and families, including son: Scott L. Daumer, Chicago, Ill.; and his sons: Joshua J; and Michell E.; his daughter: Heather M. (Jamie) Czarnecki, Bremen; and their children: Rachel M.; Zachary J.; and Cody W.; his stepdaughter: Amy (Brett) Bode, Corona, Calif.; and their children: Amir; Aiden; and Rhiannon; stepson: Mike Ziegler, Corona, Calif.; and his daugthers: Hailey and Isabella. Butch also has two great-grandchildren who were special to him. His siblings include his sister: Beverly J. Sopiarz, Oak Lawn, Ill.; Eva M. “Peg” (Marc) Witwer, Bremen; and brother: Rodney L. Daumer, Valparaiso.
Memorial gifts may be made to any chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project or the V.F.W./American Legion Post in Bremen.