Robert Arthur Stephan

April 6th, 1932November 3rd, 2019

Robert Arthur (Bob) Stephan was born on April 6, 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin. He passed away peacefully on November 3, 2019 in his home in Louisville, Colorado.

Bob was the second eldest of three brothers, all of whom attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bob graduated in 1952 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. Having been an ROTC trainee at UW, Bob enrolled in the United States Army after graduation. He served most of his four years of military service as an officer in post-World War II France during reconstruction efforts.

After being honorably discharged as a Lieutenant 1st Class, Bob returned to his home state of Wisconsin and took a job with the Robert W. Baird Company in Milwaukee in 1957 as a CPA. The son of a Banker, Bob had a natural grasp and passion for numbers. While at Baird, Bob also attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned his MBA Degree in Finance. He worked his way up the corporate ladder and eventually became a Vice-President, Partner, and Director with the firm. He was eventually elected to the Board of Governors of the Midwest Stock Exchange in 1970.

During this time, Bob met and married his wife of 58 years, Kathleen (nee, Sauter), and eventually had two children – Margaret (Peggy) and Robert J (Bob). They made their home in Mequon, Wisconsin and resided there for 36 years, before retiring to Arizona and then Colorado. Bob and Kathy are the very proud grandparents of five – Andrew, Katie, Connor, Sarah, and Annabelle.

After his twenty-plus years at the Baird Company, Bob moved on to serve as a Senior Vice-President at the Ziegler Company, and then as Managing Director of the Bradley Trusts in Milwaukee until his retirement in 1995. Upon retirement, Bob focused his efforts on his other true passion - fishing.

An avid outdoorsman, Bob was drawn to the north woods of Wisconsin at an early age. He and his small group of close friends fished the Chippewa Flowage in Northern Wisconsin for over sixty years together. His fish stories were endless. Some of them were even true. Bob was a man of few words, but he had an enormous heart, a quick wit, and an infectious sense of humor. He enjoyed the simple things in life – a good glass of bourbon, a pipe near the fireplace, a few steaks on the grill, and quality time with his friends and family. He will be missed by many and forgotten by few.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret, and his brother Jack. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; brother, Richard; children Margaret (Peggy) and Robert (Bob) [Valerie]; and grandchildren Andrew, Katie, Connor, Sarah, and Annabelle.


A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on November 8th at 3:30 PM at The Lodge at Balfour, 1331 Hecla Drive, Louisville, CO 8027. Everyone who was touched by Bob’s life is encouraged to attend and welcome to share a fish tale or two.




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