Robert Wayne Pointer, MD, flew away Aug. 25, 2018. Thank you all for being a part of my life, and/or just reading about it, now. I was born on Dec. 1, 1930, to my mother, Mildred A. (Borgstrom) Pointer, my father, Clem Joseph Pointer and my only sibling, Jack Doan Pointer, in Ladysmith at 3:33 a.m. I grew up in Chippewa Falls during the Great Depression, but had no idea that anyone was as poor as we supposedly were; graduating from Chippewa Falls High School in 1948 just after World War II had ended. One memorable year in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps was spent, in part, at the Naval Hospital, NNMC, Bethesda, Md., and then off to the University of Wisconsin Madison, where I finally graduated from medical school in 1957. The following six years found us in Marshfield (internship), again at UW Madison (residency), as well as Verdun, France, with the U.S. Army, and finally in Sheboygan for 30 years, in the practice of ophthalmology. During those memorable years, I met, and married, on Dec.r 25, 1953, in Peshtigo, my true love, Carol Amy Birkett, who, with her new RN degree, not only “put me through med school,” and all that followed, but blessed us with five wonderful children, all but one, whom have survived me. Mom, Dad, brother, Jack (Shirley survives) and youngest son, William, have all preceded me in death. Our four remaining children continue their journey: David W. Pointer (Catherine) ret. USAF, Ironwood; Daniel J. Pointer, Woodruff; Carolyn Pointer Crawley (Geoffrey, ret. USAF), Dover, Delaware, and Robert Douglas Pointer, Maui, Hawaii. They, in turn have blessed us with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Our retirement, since 1993 to Florida, has been blessed with numerous new dear friends, to whom, and with all others, and relatives on this beautiful planet, I reluctantly say adios. I will remember, God willing, all the beautiful things on earth, that made my life so special: among them: the unmasking of our beautifully created body, the joy of flight with the clouds, world travels, and the second world to be explored beneath the oceans waves; then, the joy of Christian fellowship. For now I say again, adios, and a brief goodbye, I hope to see you all at Jesus’ feet. Will you meet me there?
Services were held at Church of the Pines United Methodist Church, Minocqua, WI Aug. 31, 2018 followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Garden in Arbor Vitae.
Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family, 715-356-3200 or visit www.bolgerfuneral.
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