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Robert “Bob” Francis Stangler

1927 - 2014 “Bob” Francis Stangler, age 87, of Watertown, went to meet his Heavenly Father on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was born Feb. 20, 1927, to Christian and Julia (Pitterle) Stangler. He was the youngest of nine children.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Henry Catholic Church, Watertown on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Daniel Ganshert presiding. Burial will follow at St. Henry Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and then again at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be left at

He married Helen Wuestenberg on May 24, 1949, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown. Helen preceded him in death Oct. 14, 1990. Most of Bob’s years were spent farming the 110 acres that are now known as The Grandview Heights Subdivision. After farming he enjoyed many different jobs but found the most enjoyment being a greeter at Walmart.

Bob enjoyed playing sheepshead with friends and family and found the greatest delight when he would walk an ace. He also enjoyed bowling, keeping an immaculate lawn, and watching Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Brewers and Packers. He will be remembered for his smile, great sense of humor, storytelling and love for his family.

Bob is survived by his loving children, Robert (Linda) of Watertown, Ralph of Watertown and Jeffery (Karen) of Rock Hill, S.C. He was the proud grandfather of Robert Jr. (Lindsay), Melissa (Austin) Kauth, Nicole, Christopher; Tara; and stepgrandfather of Calvin Gruss. He was great-grandfather to Kameron and Noah, and stepgreat-grandpa to Jessie, Mason, Olivia and Alice. He was the dear brother of Doris Schroeder of Cambridge and brother-in-law to Doris Stangler of Delevan and Ellie (Wuestenberg) Pernat of Watertown. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends whom he held close to his heart.

He was further preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, one sister, daughter Linda and daughter-in-law Lynn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to The Highland House of Watertown or Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin.

The family would like to thank Watertown Highland House, Watertown Regional Medical Center, Marquardt Manor and Rainbow Hospice for their loving care and assistance.

Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road, Watertown




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