Robert J. Philumalee

December 19, 1951 - August 22, 2023


Obituary For Robert J. Philumalee

Madison – Robert J. Philumalee, age 71, passed away after a long courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023.

Rob was born on December 19, 1951, in Janesville, Wisconsin to David and Mary Philumalee. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy until 1973 and remained in the Naval Reserve until 1982.

Rob worked for the State of Wisconsin for over 25 years and was proud of what he did. He was an avid reader and crossword enthusiast, but his children and family always remained most important to him.

He is survived by his 3 children Steven (Jaime) Harris, Joel (Jessica) Harris, and Bethany Lowe; 8 grandchildren Bri (Danielle), Alex, Matthew (Lydia), Alyssa, Michael, Sierra (Sean), Natasha, and Mia; 4 great grandchildren Alexander, Myles, Elijah, and Harleen. He was preceded in death by his 2 children Karyn and Bob; 2 brothers, a nephew, and a great niece he loved very much.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N. Sherman Ave, Madison, with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

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  • September 29, 2023

    Condolences to the family and friends of Rob. Rob was a huge part of many lives during our time in Menomonie. He was a friend and our proud softball team sponsor for many years. We spent so much time hanging out at The Market. I will never forget the newspaper snips of encouraging words he sent me during my deployment in Iraq, they made me feel connected and got me through a crazy time. "Love you forever" Rest easy Rob, say hi to Big Dee for us. ❤️❤️


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    The Peace Lily was sent for Robert J. Philumalee - September 26, 2023

  • Beautiful Dreams

    Thomas Philumalee sent Beautiful Dreams for Robert J. Philumalee - September 18, 2023

    Rob, always thinking of you with sweet memories of a younger Brother, Tom Philumalee and family

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