Obit: Vater, Robert William (1870 – 1964)

Contact:  Pat Braun


Surnames:  Vater, Goessling, Karow, Scherf, Parks, Jessen, Haas, Moody, Jones, Norveil, Fox

----Source:  Owen Enterprise (Owen, Clark Co., Wis.) 2/6/1964

Vater, Robert William (1870 – 29 JAN 1964)


Robert William Vater, a resident of this community for the past 64 years, died of complications of old age Wednesday, January 29.

He passed away at the Havenet Nursing Home, Owen, where he had been a resident for the past several years.  He was 93 years of age.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Congregational Church, Owen.  Rev. Beryl Goessling officiated with burial being made at Riverside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Art Karow, Sabin Scherf, William Parks, Vic Jessen, Lyle Haas and Karl Jensen.

Robert William Vater was born October 25, 1870, at Plymouth, Wis., and received his education there.  His marriage to Henrietta Schoensigel took place November 11, 1893 at Plymouth.  After their marriage, the couple lived on the home farm at Plymouth until 1900, when they came to Clark County.

They settled on a farm north of Withee, where he operated a saw mill.  Later they moved to a farm, 1 & ½ miles south of Withee, which remained their home until the past few years when they moved to the Havenet Nursing Home.

Mr. Vater was active in his early years in the logging and lumbering industry, and operated a large dairy farm.  He also raised horses and later silver fox as a sideline.  At one time, he was a member of the Longwood School Board.  He was a member of the Methodist Church at Withee.  Mr. and Mrs. Vater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary November 11, 1963.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Arno, Carl and Neil of the Withee area; three daughters, Mrs. Niles (Ruth) Moody, Madison, Mrs. Raymond (Alice) Jones, Randolph; and Mrs. L. Norveil (Gladys) Woodburn, Elmhurst, Ill; a brother, Alvin Vater, Santa Rosa, Calif; and a sister, Mrs. Edward (Nora) Fox, Plymouth; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.



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