Tuesday, April 9, 2013


AGE:  91

ADDRESS:  645 Maple Court #103 Rib Lake; Former Town of Spirit Resident

 PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  10:27 A.M. Sunday, April 7 at his residence

 TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 12 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 OFFICIATING:  Father Otto Bucher and Deacon Mark Priniski

INTERMENT:   Hillcrest Cemetery in Spirit, where full military honors will be performed 

VISITATION:  4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, April 11 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake where there will be a 7:00 P.M. Rosary Service and also from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 12 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 4, 1921 at Tomahawk

EDUCATION: Attended grade school in Tomahawk, moved to Spirit in 1928 where he attended Stone Lake grade school

MARRIAGE: June 22, 1946 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church to Myrtle Ruth Olson and she preceded him in death on December 28, 2009.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After school he worked on his parent’s farm. He then moved to Arlington Heights and worked for a creamery package company for a period of time. Bob then enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving from 1942-1945. After his time in the service, he came back to Spirit where he met Myrtle on a blind date, where they were then married for 63 years. They owned and operated a dairy farm for 10 years, where he was also a logger. Bob was then employed by Magnuson Bros.  Fur Farm for 34 years, last working as an outdoor supervisor until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed playing cards & belonged to various card clubs in the Town of Spirit. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, traveling, camping and going to dances.
MEMBER OF:  Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake; Spirit American Legion Post#452; Southern Price County V.F.W. Post# 8491; Catholic Order of Foresters; St. John’s Court#823;  Town of Spirit Clerk from 1962-1975; Chairman for the Town of Spirit from 1979-1997. Past president of the Wisconsin Township, Price County Unit.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Patricia (John) Heiser of Rib Lake and Kathleen (Eugene) Kukla of Oconomowoc
Daughter-In-Law: Dawn Tripp of Marshfield

Daughter: Kristie Degenhardt
Grandson: Scott Rabehl
Sister-In-Law: Hazel Tripp

3 GRANDCHILDREN: Jamie (Brenda) Heiser of Rib Lake, Jeffrey (Sheila) Heiser of Rib Lake and Sheldon (Significant Other: Bobbi Pipkorn) of Chippewa Falls


SURVIVING BROTHERS: Willard Tripp of phoenix, AZ and Donald (Esther) Tripp of Oshkosh
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, other Relatives and Friends


DECEASED MOTHER: Regina Tripp (Maiden Name: Schmidt)

PALLBEARERS: John, Jamie and Jeffrey Heiser, Sheldon Rabehl, Eugene Kukla and Herbert Magnuson

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Bob’s family that will be used for several charities. Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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