ROBERT DEAN (BOB) MAHR
May 4, 1933—November 7, 2020
KENDALL - Robert Dean (Bob) Mahr, 87, of Kendall, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from complications of Lewy Body Dementia and Covid-19. He was born on May 4, 1933 to Henry and Leone (Bauman) Mahr at their home in Hillsboro, Vernon Co. In 1948, Bob’s parents moved their family to Kendall, as a child and young adult Bob enjoyed working on both family farms in Hillsboro and Kendall with his parents and siblings. After graduating from Kendall High School in 1951, Bob was united in marriage to Mary Patricia Sullivan on January 9, 1954 in Kendall. Their marriage lasted just two months shy of 67 years and ended due to Bob’s passing. Together, they raised four sons and one daughter and resided in the Kendall area most of their lives.
Bob owned and operated the Kendall Rack Shop for several years until selling it to take a position as a Fireman for Camp McCoy. He worked his way up through the ranks to become the Fire Chief. As retirement approached, Bob relinquished the Chief position to become Driver to finish his career and retire at the young age of 52. After retirement being a farmer at heart, he helped many local farming friends with field work and taking care of the animals. Bob was always there to lend a helping hand.
Bob was enormously proud and involved with the community of Kendall. He served on the Village Board for many years, some as the Village President. While on the Village Board, Bob was very involved in not only infrastructure projects, but also beautification projects, playground equipment in the Village Park and many other projects. He was instrumental in getting the folks of the community and surrounding area to join in and build a Cooperative Store. He was also an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, serving on the parish council, ushering, and volunteering many hours whenever help was needed. He was also a member of Kendall’s Volunteer for the Fire Department.
Bob's love of horses included chariot racing as a young adult, family weekend trail rides, campouts, and rodeos. Some of his favorite pastimes included muskie fishing in Canada with his oldest son Gary, hunting trips to Colorado with his sons Gary, Jerry, Barry, and numerous friends. Snowmobiling was an enjoyment in the winter; he spent many hours grooming trails to make them safe for all to use. One of Bob’s all-time favorite pastimes was watching the Green Bay Packers. He was an avid fan and was afforded the opportunity to watch them live at Lambeau field with friends on several occasions. He even took his daughter, Jean to Tampa Bay to enjoy a game.
Survived by his wife, Mary; children, Gary (Amy), Jerry (Susie), Barry (Lorrie), and Jean (Mike); six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Richard “Bud”; his sister Phyllis (Wayne); a son, Larry; and an infant daughter.
A Private Family Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, Monday, November 16, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kendall. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Kendall, is assisting the family.
Memorials can be made in Robert’s memory to a charity of your choosing.
Online condolences can be offered by visiting www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com
Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home