Robert Arthur Kocen Jr.

September 14, 1953 - February 4, 2022
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Krause Funeral Home New Berlin
12401 West National Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
Saturday 2/19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Krause Funeral Home New Berlin
12401 West National Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
Saturday 2/19, 4:00 pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Parks Foundation or the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

Robert Kocen (68) died unexpectedly, but peacefully, on February 4, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Gabrielle Boehm, and his three heartbroken children, James Kocen (Breanna Adams), Katherine Kocen (Hayden Nelson) and Julia Kocen (Charles Tenorio) and his arch nemesis, Lucy (the cat). He is further survived by his brother Jeff (Linda) and nieces,Continue Reading

Jan Marsh left a message on February 19, 2022:
Dear Gabby and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob and I had such a good conversation and rhythm going during Tam's move. He told me he thought he was the oldest one there to which I had to reveal I had 3 years on him. Sincere condolences- Jan Marsh
Belinda, Angelito, Charles and Anbel Tenorio left a message on February 17, 2022:
Our thoughts and prayers to Bob and his family. May your Soul Rest in Peace Bob💐💙🌹🙏💐
MARK DOELGER left a message on February 15, 2022:
Heart-felt condolences to Gabrielle, James, Catherine, Julie, and family members. My memory of Bob comes from growing up together. Our family moved to Wauwatosa where our backyards were adjacent to the Kocens in 1954. We were "free range" kids in the 1950's and 1960's. It was a neighborhood of young families with lots of kids to play with day and night. We practically lived on our bikes as we got older. There were daily visits in the summer to Kirks', a small local store, for treats. We went camping, fishing, played basketball, and got plenty of "soakers" exploring Underwood Creek as our independence grew. I was especially close to Bob and Russ Mann. We called ourselves "Moccasin Men", a nod to our foot ware. I am comforted by many happy memories I have of Bob and a carefree childhood. Mark Doelger, Casper, Wyoming
Shelley Caruso Peterson left a message on February 15, 2022:
My condolences 💜 to all of you who lost a spouse, Father, Uncle, Cousin, friend with Bobs passing. I was a lucky young women to have had the privilege of meeting Bob 45 years ago on a trip to Europe. It was 4 months that greatly impacted the lives of us who were fortunate to have had this grand adventure together. He came to my rescue on more than one occasion. A couple of years ago I was so blessed to have him show up at the order window of our small summer business. I was so surprised to see him! We spent the afternoon catching up on each other’s lives while I continued to serve ice cream cones. He was right there beside me. I am thankful that he made the effort and time to drive over to see me while starting a camping weekend in a nearby town with his daughter and friends. He was so excited that she liked to camp! Cheers to you in heaven, Bob❤️ See you on the flip side…
wayne stetter left a message on February 12, 2022:
As a fellow Letter Carrier with BOB and working with HIM for Many years, I can say I was both Proud and Glade to have been able to know BOB. As a Person and fellow worker, BOB was the BEST. R.I.P.
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Becky Wells left a message on February 12, 2022:
Lighting this candle in loving memory of a great man, a kind stepbrother and a wonderful Uncle.
Jeff Kocen left a message on February 12, 2022:
While our family is heartbroken over the loss of my brother, I know he would want everyone to celebrate the good times and memories they have shared with him. I do want to share more information about my brother's participation in the annual Birkebeiner Ski Race. In memory of Robert Kocen Jr. a donation can be made to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. Bob was planning to do his 40th cross country ski event at the Birkie this February 26th. Our plan is to recognize Bob on their Warrior Wall. From their website “The Birkebeiner Warrior Wall is a lasting way to honor, gift, or memorialize someone who has the spirit of the Birkebeiner” Legacy. Dedication. Perseverance. Character. and we all know Bob exhibited this spirit. You can find more information about the wall at If you wish to donate you can do so online at: Please be sure to check the box “dedicate my donation to someone” and note it is for Robert Kocen. Thank you for considering a donation on behalf of Bob and this charitable organization that was a part of his life for the past 40 years.
Katherine Miller left a message on February 11, 2022:
As my dad has already mentioned, he and Bob were friends for 50 years. Wow. That means I’ve “known” Bob for my whole life. When I hear Bobs name I think first about growing up at the Pointer campouts and how he played along when the kids would knock down his tent for laughs. He, along with the other Pointers, taught me to leave the campground cleaner than we found it - a lesson that extends beyond the campground. When I reflect on important life events, such as my grandparents funerals, my dads retirement, and my sisters graduations, Bob was there. He always made an effort to show up, driving several hours even if he was just there for a short time. Bob will be missed by many, but especially the first, second, and third generation Pointer campers.
Vern Ehlert left a message on February 11, 2022:
Sorry to hear the news. Bob and I talked everyday at work. He was a great friend. He will be missed. My condolences to all the family. 🙏 my prayers are with you at this time of grief
David Biermann left a message on February 10, 2022:
Gabrielle, James, Catherine and Julia my sincere condolences on your loss! I I truly loved your Dad's ambition for so many things and will be forever grateful for all of his help/support during our many fun years in Scouting! Sending hugs your way 🤗!
Paul Miller left a message on February 9, 2022:
I have had the pleasure and honor of calling Bob my friend for over 50 years. He was one of those people that made life worth living. We had so many good times together! He will be missed so much! My deepest sympathies to Gabby, James, Katherine &Julia.
Krause Funeral Home & Cremation Services left a message:
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