Obituary for Robert E. Hembd

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Robert E. Hembd passed away on March 24, 2018 at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse. He was born on November 24, 1932 to Earl and Thelma (Polzin) Hembd in Galesville, Wisconsin.
Bob spent his youth in the Galesville area working the family farm and could often times be found helping others in the area with their farming chores. During those early years he developed lifelong skills including sewing and woodworking while any spare time he had was spent hunting and fishing. After graduating from Logan High School in 1950, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country for over 20 years.
In 1954, Bob took a job at Trane Company in La Crosse. This would be the beginning of a 40 year career, the majority of which was spent as a Maintenance Foreman at Plant 6.
On April 4, 1959, after a courtship that included teaching her how to drive, Bob married his French Island neighbor, Jean Marie Dikeman. This union would last over 50 years until her death on December 10, 2009.
With his involvement in the church, quilting for veterans, trap shooting, and riding his motorcycle, he remained quite active in his retirement years.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Kathy Hampel; and sons, Bryon; William (Amy); and Robert J. (Hope). He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Jean, Bob was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Randy and his little brother Russ.
Whether referred to as dad, Uncle Bob, Grandpa Bob, Big Bob or just Bob, he was admired and respected by all.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Olivet the Beacon of Light Lutheran Church on French Island. The Reverend David Baldukas will officiate and burial will be in the French Island Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Homes, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
Bob was very passionate about Logan High School and Olivet Beacon of Light Lutheran Church and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Olivet or the Logan Alumni Association for the Hembd Family Scholarship Fund.
The family would like to thank the staff at Benedictine Manor for the care you provided our dad over the past 14 months. You made a difference!
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