MANISTIQUE - Robert J. Weber, 89, of 324 S. Maple St., Manistique, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 8, 2014, at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.
He was born Feb. 21, 1924, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of John and Pauline (Pretasky) Weber and attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during his senior year of high school and proudly served during World War II. He was a member of the Cannon Company, 345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, attached to the Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton. He saw duty in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. He fought in three major battles: Normandy, the Siegfrid Line and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the American Campaign Medal of Honor, the European Medal of Liberty, the German Occupation Medal, the Medal of Fidelity, and the Victory Medal of World War II.
Robert J. Weber
On Sept. 14, 1946, he married the former Eleanore P. Bonini in La Crosse, WI. They made their home and raised their family in Manistique.
Bob was employed as a meat cutter at the A & P Store, Ollie's Red Owl, and Ken's IGA, all of Manistique, until his retirement in 1989.
He was a devout member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique where he enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending time with his family, especially during the holidays. Bob had the privilege of being a participant in the Upper Peninsula's first Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eleanore P. Weber of Manistique; sons, Rodney (Gayle) Weber of Manistique, Gary (Carol) Weber of Gladstone and Scott (Kathleen) Weber of Marquette; daughter, Noreen (Robert) Hinkson of Manistique; grandchildren, Michael (Mary) Weber, Mitchell (Nicole) Weber, Mia (Dave) Kemppainen, Elizabeth Weber, Ryan (April) Weber, Ezekiel Weber, Elletta Weber, Elijah Weber, Jedidiah Weber, Jeremy (Heather) Hinkson, Jennie (Troy) Baker, and Joseph (Casey) Hinkson; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Francis and Johnny; and his sisters, Bernice, Agnes, Mayme, Helen, Catherine and Mary.
Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Father Martin Flynn officiating. A luncheon will follow at the parish center. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery at Lake Linden. Memorial donations may be directed to the Cancer Society.
The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements.