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Dr. Robert E. Cadwell

February 12, 1936 — January 6, 2024

Wausau

Robert Edward Cadwell MD, passed away on Jan. 6, 2024, at the age of 87.  He was born February 12, 1936, in Fort Dodge, Iowa to William E. and Gladys F. (Chevalier) Cadwell.  He married his high school sweetheart, Lucille "Lucy" Halligan in 1962.

Bob received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa and his Medical degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. After an externship in Worcester, Mass.  and residency in Flint MI, they moved to Wausau in 1967 where Bob joined the Wausau Medical Center.  Doctors Bob Cadwell, Burt Smith, and Darrell Witt left the Wausau Medical Center to open Wausau Family Physicians on Sturgeon Eddy Rd.  Later Bob became Director of the Family Physicians Residency Program where he enjoyed teaching residents until retirement.  He also served as Chief of Staff at Aspirus Hospital.

Bob was highly active. He, lucy and their sons, Michael and Christopher, enjoyed years of camping, alpine and cross-country skiing, fishing, canoeing, tennis, golf, and sailing.  They enjoyed their cottages on Lake Deerskin, then Lake Tomahawk and Door County.  Bob made numerous trips with friends to the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario.

Bob and Lucy were leaders of volunteer groups to the island of St. Vincent with the Good News Project.  Bob also volunteered with Helping Hands on a trip to Kenya, Africa.  They were members of the "Saturday Night Singers "choir of Resurrection Church.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lucy's parents, a half-sister Marian, a half-brother William and his wife Wyone, brothers-in-law: Don Stoll, William J. Halligan, Richard Ruge, Dee Brainerd, Terry Newberry, Ron Spoo, and Daryl Hurdel, sisters-in- law: Virginia Halligan, Esther Halligan Spoo, Margie Halligan Hurdel, Carol Halligan Reis, nephews: Jim Ruge and John Newberry.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lucille, son Michael, son Christopher (Erica), grandchildren Ashleigh (Brock) Kraemer, Josh (Claire) Cadwell, Bennett Cadwell, Finley Cadwell and a great granddaughter Kennedy Kraemer, his sister Maryann Stoll, brothers-in-law: Don Halligan (Eleanor), Ken Halligan (Deanna), sisters-in-law: Adeline Ruge, Georgia Brainerd, and Charlotte Ruge.  Also, many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 621 N. Second St., Wausau at 11:00 AM preceded by visitation from 9:00-11:00 AM. Interment will take place at North Lawn Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Good News Project, Family Physicians Residency Program, Church of the Resurrection, or Helping Hands.

Brainard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

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621 N 2nd St, Wausau, WI 54403

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

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Church of the Resurrection

621 N 2nd St, Wausau, WI 54403

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