Robert George Mayer, 83


Robert “Bob” Mayer, 83, of Amery, died on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the Amery Regional Medical Center.

Bob was born Nov. 6, 1927, in Richfield, the son of Christ and Helen (nee Mauer) Mayer. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church (now Faith UCC) in rural Slinger. He attended the Coney River School through the eighth grade, then began his farming career, first at his family’s Mayer Farms at Slinger, then, beginning in 1965, at Mayerheim Holsteins of Deer Park. He and his family enjoyed breeding and showing registered Holsteins, resulting in many All-Wisconsin and All-American awards. After the Mayerheim herd was dispersed in 1985, Bob worked at several dairy farms and developed a fencing business across Wisconsin. In recent years he spent enjoyable hours assisting his son, John, on his sheep farm.

Bob was active in 4-H, especially with the dairy project, square dancing and softball teams, both in his youth and as an adult leader. He was an avid baseball fan his whole life, and enjoyed playing and coaching baseball in the Rock River League as a young man. He served as a director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and was a member of the Holstein Association USA. He judged dairy cattle shows at the county, district and state levels throughout the Midwest, and served on the All-American selection panel for many years. He made numerous trips to Queretaro, Mexico, to prepare the Rancho él Rincon herd for the Mexican National Shows.

Bob was united in marriage to Irma Kurtz on Nov. 26, 1949, and to this union seven children were born.

He is survived by daughters Jean Barnhill of Boonville, Ark., and Sandra (Thomas) Morris of Amery; sons James (Carlene) of Amery, David (Connor) of Webster, N.Y., John (Mary) of Amery, Andrew (Katherine) of De Pere and Peter (Jennifer) of Libertyville, Ill. Also left to mourn are his 15 grandchildren, Meagan Kochendorfer of Hudson, Moriah (Tony) Brey of Sturgeon Bay and Adam Morris of Minneapolis, Christy (Craig) Oehmichen of Abbotsford and Isaac (Rebecca Danhof) Mayer of Madison, Michael Mayer of Chicago, Rachel, Alexander and Zachary Mayer, all of Webster, N.Y., Stacy (Michael) Wagner of Clear Lake and Sasha (Andrew) Rondeau of North Pole, Alaska, Jennifer and Joshua Mayer of Bellingham, Wash., and Robert and Julia Mayer of Libertyville, Ill.; as well as nine great-grandchildren. He is further survived by sister, Marjorie Slaughter of Richfield; brothers, William (Adeline) of Hartford and Richard (Marilyn) of Slinger; brother-in-law, Walter Schneider of West Bend; and sister-in-law, Orlyn Mayer of Bloomer.

Robert was preceded in death by parents; sister, Betty Schneider; brother, Frederick; and former wife, Irma.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home of Amery, with Barry Tulkki officiating and music provided by Jim Haugerud. Pallbearers will be Isaac, Michael, Alexander, Zachary and Joshua Mayer, Adam Morris and Michael Wagner. Interment will be at the Faith United Church of Christ cemetery in Slinger at a later date.

Williamson-White Funeral Home of Amery is assisting the family. For further information and to sign online guest book please visit www.williamsonwhite.com.