Victor Le Roy Backler

Feb. 4, 1925 - Feb. 16, 2009

Victor Le Roy Backler, 84, of Waukesha, passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. He was born Feb. 4, 1925 in Barron to Charles and Grace (nee Martell) Backler.

He attended Waukesha High School before enlisting in the United States Army, where he served in England and France. He met the love of his life and constant companion ever since, Beatrice Mary Backler, and married her on Jan. 29, 1949. Vic was a cement finisher for many years and worked for various employers before becoming a longtime employee of International Harvester in Waukesha. He retired from there in 1985. He and Mary traveled extensively after he retired. He also spent countless hours doing woodworking, creating and crafting hundreds of items for friends and relatives. Vic was always active and busy, lending a hand to anyone who asked, and he never turned down a chance to play cards.

Vic is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beatrice Mary; three children, Richard (Barb Schuppe), Tom (Martha Heltsley) and Verna (Doug) Hensiak; seven grandchildren, Sean Backler, Pat Backler, Shelby (Vince) Haase, Barret (Liz Rankin) Hensiak, Joy (Mike) Becker and Brian (Chrissy) Backler; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Justin and Josh Backler, Dalton, Cassandra and Brandon Becker, Abigail, Thomas and Jack Backler and Roman Haase. He will also be greatly missed by many friends and relatives, especially Doreen Backler and Matt, Lisa, Andrew and Avery Heltsley. Vic was also fond of all his health care aides and nurses at Oak Hill Terrace.

Vic was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Tina and Marie; and his brother, Fred.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Thursday, Feb. 19 at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 W. Bluemound Road, Waukesha. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.