Robert “Bob” Thomas Lettner, 81, of Trempealeau, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012, at his son’s farm on Canada Ridge, due to injuries sustained in a farming accident.
Bob was born on June 26, 1930, in Irish Valley, rural Waumandee, to Herbert F. and Margaret M. (Crawford) Lettner. He attended the Centerville School through the 8th grade and graduated high school at Healy Memorial High School in Trempealeau where he was Valedictorian of his class in 1948. After graduation, Bob attended University of Wisconsin where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in their Agriculture short-course program. He married Phyllis Ann Schank on November 14, 1953, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Arcadia. Bob and Phyllis had seven children. Bob’s lifelong passion was to dairy farm, beginning on his home farm until he purchased his own near Centerville in 1963. Even in retirement, Bob helped out at four of his children’s farms. He also enjoyed beekeeping.
Bob was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, the Centerville Creamery Board, the Knights of Columbus, and the Farm Bureau. Bob and Phyllis enjoyed travelling and took many extensive tours and trips to Alaska, Europe, and Russia, while seeking out members of the family tree and family history. Bob loved attending and supporting all of his grandchildren’s various activities, as he was very family-oriented. He was an avid gardener, a helpful neighbor, and a wonderful friend.
Bob is survived by his loving and dedicated farm wife of 58 years, Phyllis of Trempealeau; 6 children, Barbara (Tom) Bice of Centerville, Eileen Spangler of Colorado Springs, CO, Anne (Joe) Kramer of Cochrane, Karl (Marie) Lettner of Centerville, Ed (Renate) Lettner of Germany, and Julia (Marty) Tronnier of Menomonie; 17 grandchildren, Stephen, Katy (Neil), Jessica (Brian), Dan, Anna, Andrew (Sarah), Greg, Mitchell, Laura, Nik, Collin, Elle, Sophia, Emily, Bobby, Lila, and Gabriel; 2 great-grandchildren, Annalise and Brian; a brother, Richard Lettner; sisters, Jean Lettner, MaryLou (Joe) Paurazas, and Carol (Ray) Krizmanic; a brother-in-law, Dan Robertson; and many other in-laws, relatives, friends, and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Robertson, and an infant son.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1168 Gray Street, Trempealeau, with Father Edmund Doerre officiating. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012, where there will be a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, and also one hour prior to the Mass at church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Bartholomew Catholic Cemetery, Trempealeau.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be sent to the Arcadia Historical Society, 411 Washington Street, Arcadia, WI 54612, or to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Trempealeau.
“He died the way he lived… working on a farm. You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.”
Wozney-Killian Funeral Home, Arcadia, is assisting his family with arrangements.