Robert Pooler, 88

obit-Robert-PoolerRobert A. Pooler “Bob,” 88, passed away peacefully Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 23, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester, with the Rev. Robert Kandels and the Rev. Chris Brekke officiating with inurnment at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Hospice, The American Cancer Society or to Homestead United Methodist Church.

Bob was born May 10, 1925, in LaCrosse, Wis., to Paul and Selma (Brekke) Pooler. He graduated from Preston High School and then went on to attend Luther College. Bob was a veteran of the United States Navy Air Corps and proudly served his country during WWII. On Oct. 21, 1950, Bob married Muriel Bastian. He was a member of Homestead United Methodist Church, the American Legion, VFW and was a lifetime member of the Elks. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf but above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family making memories.

Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muriel; son, Craig (Jackie) Pooler of Little Falls; daughter, Vicki Petrich of Oxnard, Calif.; four grandchildren, Eric Schwestka, Kristin (Joe) Mellgren, Matthew (Cass Kleinjan) Pooler and Ryan (Alyssa) Petrich; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Hailey Mellgren; and stepsister, Joyce Robertson. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Pooler; mother, Selma Pooler Hahn; stepfather, Reuben Hahn; and two stepbrothers, Dan and Kenneth Hahn.