Robert W. Gaedke, 88

Robert W. Gaedke, 88, formerly of rural New Holstein died Saturday Nov. 30, 2013, at Willowdale Nursing and Rehab Center where he had been a resident the past five years.

He was born on April 22, 1925, in Manitowoc, son of the late Edward and Mildred (Scott) Gaedke. Bob attended schools in Manitowoc and was a graduate of Lincoln High School. He furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and graduated with a degree in teaching. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving with the Sea-bees during World War II in the Philippines.

On Nov. 6, 1946, he was united in marriage to Eunice Bauer at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Alverno. Eunice preceded him in death on June 4, 1998.

Bob spent his working years as a teacher and a farmer. He served schools in Milwaukee and West Bend until his retirement in 1968. He later moved to New Holstein where he became a full time farmer.

He was a member of Kiel VFW Post No. 6707 and was also a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Kiel. He enjoyed listening to polka music and especially enjoyed going to Sunday afternoon polka dances.

Survivors include his children; Bill (Charlyn) Gaedke, Steve (Roxanne) Gaedke, Marcia Kolb, Bruce (Theresa) Gaedke, Brian Gaedke and Joe (Lana) Gaedke. He is further survived by 11 grandsons, 13 great-grandchildren, along with other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers, Roland and Edward Gaedke.

Funeral services for Bob will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013, at Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home 815 Sixth St., Kiel, with Deacon Pat Knier officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of services.

Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Manitowoc.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name.

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