Robert “Bob” “Benji” E. Winter, 76, of Weston, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, surrounded by his family at his home, after being lovingly and tenderly cared for by his loved ones with the help of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Wausau.
He was born on July 13, 1944, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, son of the late Lloyd and Vera (Poplasky) Winter. Bob served his country honorably in the US Air Force from 1962 – 1965, as part of the Military Police, serving stateside during the Vietnam War. He married Mary Ellen (Filbin) Winter in 1966 in Minnesota. Bob and Mary had three wonderful children together. He later married Gail Sue Miears in 1991 in Austin Texas. She preceded him in death on November 30, 2017, after 25 years of marriage.
Bob had a long career in sales for 3M Corporation, which took him to Minnesota, Texas and Colorado. He moved to Wisconsin in 2019 to be closer to his beloved family. Bob enjoyed traveling, being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, entertaining friends & family and cooking – especially grilling. He was known for his grilled ribs, and he was affectionately referred to as the “Spaghetti Master” by those who enjoyed his cooking. Family meant the world to Bob, and he’ll be remembered for his great sense of humor and love for his children.
Survivors include his three children, Robert “Bob” G. Winter of St. Paul, MN; Lisa (Rob) Pue of Rib Mountain, WI; and Becky Winter of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; four grandchildren, Rob (Shelby) Pue, Jennifer Pue, Alley (Peter) Heckenberg, and Brandon Winter; two great-grandchildren, Jude and Evelyn Pue; and one brother, Michael (Colleen) Winter of Merrifield, MN, and a sister-in-law, Theresa Winter of Apple Valley, MN.
In addition to his parents and his wife Gail, he was further preceded in death by his three siblings, Steven Winter, Gene Rogowski, and Marianne McKay, as well as his beloved dachshund, Molly.
Following inurnment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN, a memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 28, at Bible Baptist Church, 545 6th St. North Hudson, WI 54016.
Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, Weston, is assisting the family with arrangements.