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Robert "Bob" Ayen

March 6, 1930 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 90)


Madison - Robert “Bob” Ayen, age 90, passed away on Wednesday July 29, 2020 at St. Mary’s Care Center, Madison, WI.

“What about Bob?”

Bob was born on March 6, 1930 in the Township of York, Green County, WI to Oscar and Nellie (Moen) Ayen. He graduated from Blanchardville High School in 1949 where Bob was an active in football, basketball, and baseball. Bob farmed with his dad until he was drafted by the Army. At that time he met his future wife, Anna Mae Bosben at a dance at Turner Hall in Madison. They were married September 10, 1955 at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison. Anna traveled with Bob to Carrizozo, New Mexico on April 28, 1954 where he was given leave. The Army then stationed him at Camp Sullivan in Whittier, Alaska as a refrigeration engineer.  Bob ended up at Fort Bliss, Texas where he was honorably discharged on April 26, 1957.  Bob bought a farm north of Blanchardville. In the spring of 1967, they sold their farm and moved to Cobb for one year. Then they bought a house near Verona which ended up being their permanent home. Bob was a mechanical engineer with the VA Hospital where he worked for 27 years, until his retirement on September 3, 1994. Bob was an avid hunter, and also liked to fish, square dance, bowl; and yes polka.

Bob is survived by his son Jay (Debbie); daughter, Jennifer (Kendall) Ayen-Brown; granddaughter, Alyssa; one sister in-law Phyllis (Hank Dombrowski) Ott; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Anna, brother Orville (Ann); sister Doris (Preston) Campbell; sister in-law June (Reginald) Bleck, and brother in-law Jerry Ott.

Due to the difficult circumstances of COVID 19, a live stream of Bob’s private service will be available at 6PM on Friday, August 7, 2020, for friends and family may still be present. Directions to join the live stream via Zoom can be found on Ryan Funeral Home’s website.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Ryan Funeral Home – Verona Chapel
220 S. Enterprise Drive, Verona, WI 53593.

The Ayen Family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff and management at St. Mary’s Care Center for eight years of support and exceptional care for Bob! And a special thanks for the medical attention shown by Terry Patlow, NP.

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“If we have forgotten to show our gratitude enough for all the things you did, we’re thanking you now. And we are hoping you knew all along, how much you meant to us.”


Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Verona Chapel

220 Enterprise Drive




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Funeral Service


August 7, 2020

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home – Verona Chapel
220 S. Enterprise Drive
Verona, WI 53593

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