Robert "Cub" Bronsdon, age 88, of Madison, passed away on August 19, 2018. Cub was born October 24, 1929 in Appleton, Wisc. and grew up in Neenah. Cub and his brother Fred spent their summers working and playing on their aunt and uncle's farm in Berlin, Wisc. Ida and Ernie were like second parents to the boys. Cub liked to tell stories about operating tractors, putting up hay and milking cows. Later in life, one of his biggest pleasures was going for drives in the country to see the crops.
Cub was a Korean War veteran, stationed in Japan. During his college years, he was active in the Baptist Student Center and graduated from the UW. Cub was a computer programmer and systems analyst for the State for 28 years. He met Jean Nelson and they were married on December 28, 1956. Jean passed away in 1991. Cub married Marvene Rast, who passed away in 2004. On August 3, 2008, he and Ethel Skalet were joined together in a commitment ceremony.
Cub enjoyed spending time with family. He especially enjoyed spending time with Jean and their three children. They had a pop-up camper and took their kids camping all over Wisconsin and the western states. Cub had a very good sense of humor and told funny stories. He was the Dad who took his family and the neighbor kids swimming after he got home from work.
Cub had a lifelong love of music and was an accomplished musician who played the clarinet, saxophone, piano and sang harmony beautifully. He loved listening to the Capitol City Band on summer evenings and went as often as he could over the past 50 years.
Cub was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and June Bronsdon; his wives, Jean Bronsdon and Marvene Bronsdon; his brother Fred (Nancy) Bronsdon; his sister-in-law Lois Nelson, his brother-in-law Dennis Nelson and a nephew, Keith Nelson. Survivors include Ethel Skalet; his son, Jon (Cathy Whitehouse) Bronsdon; daughters Lynn (Rexford) Cattanach and Jennifer Bronsdon; grandchildren: Matt and Mike Bronsdon; Sara, Nathan and Seth Cattanach, Dustin (Kerisha) Bronsdon and Heidi (Travis) Legler and two great grandchildren: Maevely Wilde Bronsdon and Remy Bronsdon Legler. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Nancy Bronsdon, Barb Nelson, Sharon (Phil) Busch and Nelda Carpenter and nieces and nephews: Kurt Nelson, Dana Busch, Darin Busch, Dean Busch, Lisa Pertile, Stacy Cashman and Scott Carpenter. He is also survived by Phil Carey, a friend for over 82 years. Additionally, he was "Grampa Cub" to many, including: Tina, Amber, Christa, Trinidy, Jenna, Isis, Andrea, Jareaya, Janiyah and Jonyai.
A memorial service celebrating Cub's life will be on Saturday, Sept. 1st, at 11 am, at First Baptist Church, 518 North Franklin Street, Madison. Memorials may be made to Capitol City Band or a charity of your choice.