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Orpheus
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« on: December 11, 2010, 03:15:29 PM »

This was a hobby store located at 17th & Lincoln Ave for many years. The owner was Bob Palmer. I passed by there recently and noticed it was empty. Does anyone know what happened? Did the store move elsewhere or did Bob retire from the business? And when did he vacate the premises? The phone is now disconnected...
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 10:17:25 AM »

I was told by the owner of Happy Hobby on National Ave that Big Bear Military Hobbies closed "several years ago", possibly between 2006 and 2008. Then I did some research and found the following obit:

Robert F. "Big Bear" Palmer
Palmer, Robert F, EQCM USNR, Retired "Big Bear" Found peace Dec. 19, 2010, at the age of 78 years. Beloved husband of Joyce (nee Gillette). Loving father of Susan Palmer and Cheryl (Joe) Hively. Proud grandfather of Olya and Alex. Brother of Lydia, Judy, Ted and Emily. Further survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many other relatives and friends. Bob and Joyce were married for 60 years and Bob was fond of proudly stating one of the best things he ever did was marrying Joyce to which Joyce would state, "you've got that right". Bob was a successful business owner for over 30 years of Big Bear Military Hobbies but he was most proud of his Naval Service. A member of the Seabees stationed at Great Lakes. He rose to the rank of Master Chief and served his final years on the Regimental Staff before retiring after more than 30 years. To all those who have supported Bob over the years and especially this past year as he bravely battled cancer, thank you for your love, friendship and support. Private Services will be held. ROZGA FUNERAL HOME & Cremation Services Serving the Family 414/671-5200
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on December 22, 2010
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