Robert Hammer

November 3, 1937
May 7, 2024

Robert “Bob” August Hammer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Tuesday, May 7, at the age of 86. He was born on November 3, 1937, to the late Lars & Ida (Priem) Hammer in Shawano, WI. He graduated from Shawano High School, class of ’56. Bob was a proud member of the 1956 high school state championship basketball team. He pursued a career in business, graduating from Badger Business School.

On October 1, 1960, Bob married the love of his life, Catherine “Kay” Schweers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. They shared 63 years of marriage and raised two sons, Michael and Steven, instilling in them values of love, integrity, and hard work.

In 1961, he joined E.C. Manger & Son Co. Bob became owner and President in 1988. He worked alongside his two sons until his retirement. Bob was deeply involved in his community. He was a long-standing member of the Wednesday Noon Optimist Club. He served as commissioner of the East River Little League, served on the board of directors of the Casket Manufacturer Association and the York Children’s Foundation. Additionally, he was a proud member of the Morgan Mellberg Memorial Fantasy Football League for nearly 50 years, showing his passion for sports and camaraderie.

In his leisure time, Bob found joy in various activities including the annual week at Trump Lake with his young sons, golf on Thursday men’s league at Golden Sands, bowling, softball, photography, hunting, and fishing. He looked forward to the annual “Tiger Hunt” (Northwoods snowmobile ride). He loved to travel, especially their annual trip to Florida. He was an avid sports fan, passionately following the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers. He never missed an opportunity to watch his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren’s sporting and school events.

He cherished the time spent at their cottage on Shawano Lake, surrounded by his beloved family. He enjoyed many pontoon rides, watching children skiing, Friday night fish fry’s, a good supper club, and sharing drinks with neighbors, especially a Manhattan. Bob will be remembered for his unwavering love for his family, quick wit, and the sparkle in his eye. He was a longtime member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; son, Mike (Barb) Hammer, and daughter-in-law, Chantal Hammer. His grandchildren: Jamie (Eric) Flick; Nick (Alan) Hammer; David (Alycia) Hammer; Cody (Ksenya) Hammer and Marissa Hammer; great grandchildren: Kempton, Lena, Bryce, Rafe, Asher, and soon to arrive Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Lester & Virginia Schweers, and his son, Steve.

Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. on Monday, May 13, from 3:00 -6:00 pm. Funeral Service 6:00 pm Monday at the funeral home with Vicar Aaron Tisdale officiating. Burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano. Online condolences may be sent to the Hammer family at In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in his name.


May 13, 2024
3:00-6:00 pm
Proko-Wall Funeral Home [map]
Funeral Service
May 13, 2024
6:00 pm
Proko-Wall Funeral Home [map]