Robert J. Shackett, Beloit, WI
June 12, 1939 - October 15, 2017
Robert J. Shackett, 78, of Beloit, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017, at his home with his wife, Lisa, by his side. Robert was born on June 12, 1939 in Burlington, VT, son of the late Israel and Caroline (Kat Albarelli) Shackett. Robert told stories of his love for Burlington, where he grew up with family and friends, and lived adventures with school mates at Battery Park, and along Lake Champlain. Robert moved with his family to Fort Atkinson, WI, as a teenager with some resistance. But, as all things, Robert learned to love Fort Atkinson as his second home. After high school, Robert served in the United States Navy. Following his military service, he married the late Jan Trewyn, who was the mother to Rodney, Annette and Mark. He later married Roberta Tamblingson, who is the mother of Hope. On May 7, 1999 he married Lisa Lang. Robert was a pilot who loved to fly, and was fortunate enough to have his own plane. He also flew for Four Seasons Freight out of Madison, and loved attending the EAA Air Shows in Oshkosh. Throughout his life, Robert worked for Stoppenbach’s in Jefferson, Jones Dairy Farm in Fort Atkinson, and Lear Corporation in Janesville, WI. He also owned the former Sugar Shack in Fort Atkinson. Robert retired in 2006 from Lear Corporation in Janesville. However, what Robert loved the most was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his wife, Lisa, of Beloit; children: Rodney Shackett of Beloit, Annette (Roger) Krance of Weyerhaueser, Hope Block of Fort Atkinson, Raeann Bowdey of Front Royal, VA and Ellie Blair of New Berlin; five grandsons; five granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; brothers, Richard Shackett of Balsam Lake and Rickie Shackett of Woodbury, MN. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Israel and Caroline (Kat Alberelli) Shackett; his son, Mark Shackett; and sister, Debra Komes.
Robert touched so many lives, he was larger than life and always had an inquiring question and a fun story to tell. Robert suffered for the last year battling cancer, as he was surrounded by his family and friends. Robert never gave up, but he accepted when it was his time to go home. He will be missed.
Funeral Services will be held at 12 noon followed by Military Honors on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. on Saturday at the memorial home until time of service. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion Hall, 201 South Water Street East, Fort Atkinson from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Robert’s name may be made to the Rock County Cancer Coalition, or to Beloit Regional Hospice. www.dunlapmemorialhome.com