Robert “Bob” W. Brenner, 68, of Mondovi, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.
He was born on Nov. 19, 1949, in Durand, to Charles and Belva (Kaufman) Brenner. Bob was one of 10 siblings that grew up in Mondovi. He had six brothers and three sisters. His hard work ethic was formed at an early age by helping out on the Kaufman farm in Eau Galle. He graduated from Mondovi High School in 1968 and attended UW-Eau Claire.
He married Jackie Skogstad in 1972. They had three children and then later divorced. Bob owned and operated the Northside Bar for 12 years. Bob also worked for the United States Postal Office as a rural mail carrier in Eau Claire until his retirement in September 2017. While working at the post office, Bob created many friendships with those along his route. He always took the time to strike up a conversation with those who he came in contact with.
Bob had a great passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and hiking with his friends and family. He would always look forward to spending time at the lodge with his family, where they socialized and exchanged deer stories. Everyone wanted a chance to hunt in Bob’s favorite spot in the hallow during hunting season. In recent years it brought him great joy to pass on the hunting tradition to his grandchildren.
Bob also enjoyed canoeing, snowmobiling, and gardening. In the summertime, you could always go to Bob’s house or the “Beehive” and get fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, or green beans. Bob was also quite the handyman and was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was able to fix anything on your car or around the house. Bob was known around town for his famous “Bob’s Charcoal Chicken.” Everyone wanted his chicken for parties or events around the area.
Bob was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. He loved to tailgate and attend Brewers games with his family. Bob loved his grandchildren. He was very dedicated with going to their dance competitions/recitals, football, baseball and basketball games. He also was not afraid to jump on a roller coaster or go down a water slide with them.
Bob was quick witted and had a great sense of humor. It didn’t matter if you were laughing at him or laughing with him, he loved to make people smile. He kept his sense of humor right to the end. He touched many people’s lives with his politeness and sense of caring. Bob will be greatly missed, but not forgotten, by all those who knew him.
Bob is survived by his girl friend, Barb Rustad; his children, Chris (Jennifer) Meixner of Las Vegas, Nev., Jill (Ryan) Kitzmiller of Elkhorn, Ryan Brenner of Mondovi, Erin Brenner of Mondovi; grandchildren, Haley, Zackary, Faith and Libby Meixner, Brett and Brooke Kitzmiller, Ethan Beauchamp, Kylee Werlein, and Maxi the dog; siblings, Charles (Jeanette) Brenner, Terry (Cindy) Brenner, Ron (Ardyth) Brenner, Reggie (Cindy) Brenner, Linda (Bill) Nelson, Mary (Tim) Ellifson, Mark (Annie) Brenner, Kathy (Brian) Plank and Frank Brenner; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Belva (Kaufman) Brenner; granddaughter, Maddie Jo Meixner; Dewey, the dog.
A memorial service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Mondovi, on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m., with Father Paul Bosco presiding. A visitation was held at Talbot Family Funeral Homes, Mondovi, on Friday, May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. and again one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Please share your memories and condolences online at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.
A very special thank you to Barb Rustad, Lisa Palm and Laurie Weilep for everything you did for dad over the years, especially during the last week.