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Robert Mudgett

September 4, 1943 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 78)

Obituary

Robert A. Mudgett (Bob) 78, passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s Thursday, December 30th 2021 at Misty Arbor Assisted Living in Appleton, WI. He was born on September 4, 1943 In Inglewood CA. to James R. Mudgett and Bette J McCollister (Mudgett). He had two siblings James D Mudgett and Patricia R. Bowman (Mudgett) Bob was preceded in death by both his parents and his siblings. 

From a young age, Bob was an adventurous soul; a footloose and rebellious child by nature. He discovered alcohol at a very young age and it quickly became his best friend. He dropped out of school and became a full time trouble maker. By the age of 17 his path of destruction was already mounting! He pulled himself together long enough to complete his GED and enlist in the United States Army. Somehow he managed to complete his four year term and even scathed by with a general type discharge. Had it not been for his drinking, he could have been released a free man; but anyone who has suffered from addiction knows they are anything but free. For years his alcoholism defined him and guided him on a path that was less than becoming. He hurt a lot of people and destroyed family relationships, many of those to the point of no return. He was married and divorced several times and had several children; that sadly would never get to know him as the person we are about to describe.

By the grace of God and the help of Bill W., On September 1, 1981 Bob began his journey to recovery and his life took on a whole new meaning. In recovery he was able to show that not only was he a good man but a man that cared deeply for others. In his quiet and gentle manner he could put you at ease with just a smile. He was always willing to lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return. His kindness, warmth, and ability to love unconditionally was an inspiration to all who knew him.  

Bob went back to school and got a degree in auto mechanics and later became certified in high performance engines and was a specialist for Volvo and Mercedes Benz. Several years later he completed training to become a security officer and worked his way up in a large manufacturing company in Appleton, WI. Early in recovery he met and married the love of his life, Cindy Siegmann (Berg). Although this marriage ended, the love and respect they had for each stayed strong. They formed a bond that couldn’t be broken and they remained good friends. Together they had one daughter, Amanda (Mandi) Mudgett; Bob never took for granted that he had been given another opportunity to be the type of father and husband that he had aspired to be. He was a loving and patient man, who led by example; a man this family could always count on and be proud of. He built a connection so strong with his daughter that when his Alzheimer’s began nearly a decade ago; she was the one who took him in and cared for him. Even after having two children of her own (Lucas and Ben) she continued to care for him. One of Bob’s greatest joys was becoming a Grandpa his eyes would light up every time he saw their sweat little faces and heard them call him “Grandpa Bob” he adored the boy’s as much as they adored him. I believe these were the greatest days of his life.  As Bob’s disease progressed and his behavior became more unpredictable it was no longer safe for her family to continue providing his care.

A casual come as you are Celebration of life service will be held for Bob at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10th, 2022 at Brettschneider Trettin Nickel Funeral Chapel. Friends may visit at the funeral chapel on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. In Lieu of flowers we ask you to consider doing an act of kindness in memory of Bob some time this week and tell the family about it the next time you see them.  

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Mandi Mudgett: It takes a special kind of person to do what you have done! To abandon your role as a child to become the parent is the most unselfish act of love that you could have ever shared with your dad.  The rest of us will truly never understand all you have sacrificed to show your dad the same type of unconditional love he always showed you.

A special thank you also goes out to Century Oaks and Misty Arbor for the love and care you provided for Bob when we couldn’t. We do understand he was your family too and we are greatly sorry for you loss.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
January 10, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel
606 N Oneida St
Appleton, WI 54911

Memorial Service
Monday
January 10, 2022

4:00 PM
Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel
606 N Oneida St
Appleton, WI 54911

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