Robert “Bob” Leo Wenzel

Robert “Bob” Leo Wenzel, age 79, formerly of Reedsville, currently at 374 West National Avenue in Brillion, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Garrow Villa surrounded by his family. Bob was born on April 19, 1933 in Manitowoc County, son of the late Leslie and Lillian (Stefl) Wenzel.  He was a graduate of Brillion High School, class of 1951.  Bob served our country in the United States Army building bridges in Stuttgart, Germany.  On October 25, 1958, he married Shirley Heinzen in St. Nazianz.  Bob farmed all of his life. He owned and operated Wenzel Brothers Dairy with his brother Harold.  Bob was very active in the community.  He was a Manitowoc County Board Member from 1974-2000. He was proud of the fact that in his 26 years, he only missed one meeting and that was because he had to attend another county meeting.  Bob was also Chairperson of the Wisconsin Farm Progress Days in 1997, Chairman of the County Agriculture and Extension Education Committee, Chairman of Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Chairman of the County Aging Unit, was on the State and National Water Quality Committee, and was on the Valley Bank Board.  He was also district president and state president of the Wisconsin Association of County Extensions, represented Wisconsin at the Goodyear Awards in Arizona, and was a life member of the Manitowoc County Expo and of the American Veterans Post 1032 of Reedsville.   Even though he was so involved, Bob rarely passed up a card game or a chance to enjoy the family farm with his grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley, of Brillion; his two sons and two daughters-in-law Tim and Vicky of New London and Thomas and Linda of Reedsville; six grandchildren Andrea (Travis) Rettmann of Neenah, Aubree Wenzel of Appleton, Haley Wenzel of New London, Brittany Wenzel of Minneapolis, MN, Brock Wenzel and Bryce Wenzel of Reedsville; three great-grandchildren Parker, Trevin and Reece; his brother and sister-in-law Harold and Dorothy Wenzel of Brillion; two sisters-in-law and their husbands Gen (Jim) Olson of Green Bay, and Corrine (Eugene) Revolinsky of Elyria, OH; nieces Mary and Patti nephews, Tom, Dan and Paul; other relatives, and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Louis and Leona Heinzen, an infant brother, and a nephew Mike Wenzel. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt with entombment at Knollwood Mausoleum in the town of Kossuth.   Military Rites will be accorded by the American Veterans Post 1032 of Reedsville. Friends may call at the church on Monday morning from 8 00 a.m. until 11 00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at The family wishes to thank the “farm girls” at Garrow Villa and Carol Pritzl for the care and compassion shown to Bob and the rest of his family. The family also appreciated the support of Father Timothy Brandt, the Homebound Communion Distributors and all the friends that came to visit.

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