Robert Green, 69Robert “Bob” William Green, age 69, Lester Prairie, died Monday, October 25, 2010, after a seven-year battle with cancer.
Robert “Bob” William Green, age 69, Lester Prairie, died Monday, October 25, 2010, after a seven-year battle with cancer.
Bob was born February 20, 1941 in Morris, the oldest son of Leonard and Agnes (Hochsprung) Green. He attended school in Kensington. In 1959 Bob enlisted in the United States Army. He spent the last two years of his tour at Camp Kiser in South Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1963. Bob was always very proud of his service to America.
On February 19, 1966, he married the love of his life, Pamela Hiland, in Kensington at Our Lady of the Runestone Catholic Church. God blessed their marriage with three loving daughters.
Bob worked many years with his dad at Farmers Elevator in Kensington. In 1970, the family moved to Portland, Oregon and he worked for K-Lines and was a supervisor on road jobs. In 1973 the family moved back to Minnesota and Bob taught truck driving at Alexandria Technical School.
The following year, Bob bought the Millerville Mill, where he ground feed and farmed until 1983. He then started trucking and in 1990 he went to work for SJ&F in Winsted until 1998. Bob’s pride and joy was started in 1999 and the name fit the owner: RiteWay Manufacturing. The business grew to include another business in Sebeka, called RiteWay Machining. Bob believed in hard work and it showed in everything he did.
Bob loved spending time with family and friends and will be remembered for his great food. Bob was a great entrepreneur, teacher and mentor. He enjoyed sharing his expertise with others. Bob also loved sharing his time, talent and treasures with the Lester Prairie School, St. Pius X Catholic School and Church, along with the Arlington VFW Memorial Park. He was a faithful member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe and a 30-year member of the American Legion Post #527 in Millerville.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Pam; daughters, Dawn (Robert) Bitzan of Goodhue, Dana (Lee) Webskowski of Marshall, and Denise (Bruce) Johnson of Lester Prairie; eight grandchildren, Brent and Brooke; Lauren, Kalin, Kirsten; Brenda (Matthew) Judice, Stephanie and Kraig; and great-grandson, Tyler Judice; four sisters, Joanne Hagstrom of Morris, Carol (A.J.) Keller of Kensington, Gayle (Gary) Ahlbrecht of Apache Junction, AZ and Pat Vickerman of Alexandria; brother, Tom (Judy) Green of Kensington; sister-in-law, Sue Green of Kensington; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Agnes Green; brother, John Green; and brother-in-law, Thomas Vickerman.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held October 28 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe. Celebrant was Fr. Anthony Stubeda. Interment was at Our Lady of the Runestone Catholic Cemetery in Kensington on Friday, October 29.
Honorary casket bearers were Roger Klimek, Delmer Klimek, and grandchildren, Brent, Brooke, Lauren, Kalin, Kirsten, Brenda, Stephanie and Kraig.
Casket bearers were Patrick Hagstrom, Scott Blehr, Gavin Ahlbrecht, Joshua Vickerman, Joseph Green and Matthew Green.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.