Robert L. Back was called to his Eternal Home on November 26, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on December 8, 1945 son of Roger and Norma (nee Olson) Back. He married the love of his life Anita (nee Tjoflat ) February 18, 1967 and were blessed with 52 years together. Bob grew up in Trempealeau County on a small farm where he learned to hunt and enjoy the outdoors. He took many hunting trips to Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. He and Anita enjoyed traveling together to Norway and other places in Europe and also touring many states of our country. Bob truly enjoyed playing cribbage and other card games with his wife and his many friends. Spending time with his children and his grandchildren brought happiness and many memories for Bob.
He was very civic minded, serving on the Hustisford school board for three terms and the Hubbard/Hustisford Sanitary Board for 32 years. Bob has dedicated 36 years of service to the Lion’s Club. He was a transporter of eye tissue and corneas for the Lion’s eye bank. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award which is the highest award given in the Lion’s organization. He was a longtime member of St. Michael’s Church and served many years on the Church Council. Bob always believed in going above and beyond in everything he has done. The Lion’s Club motto “We Serve” and he truly has.
He is survived by his devoted wife Anita (nee Tjoflat), his children Russell, Julie Braunschweig, Janet Kunz and Karen (Jon) Cunningham, his grandchildren; Allison (Shane) Westphal, Josh, Grace and Morgan Back, Collin (Kelsi) and Anna Braunschweig, Josslyne, Avery and Jaden Kunz and Alec, McKenna, Ethan Cunningham. 5 great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Orion and Silas Westphal, and Paisley and Waylon Braunschweig., His brother Lyman (Sue) and his brother-in-law John Wick . Also, survived by his brother and sister -in-laws Kenneth Tjoflat, David (Cindy) Tjoflat,, William (Maureen) Tjoflat, Jean Tjoflat, Ellen (Jeff) Hauser and Mary (Larry) George. Also, survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, parent in-laws Howard and Carolyn Tjoflat, sister-in-law Margaret Tjoflat, his grandson Rhett Back, brother Perry, and his sister LaVon Wick.
Visitation is Friday, November 29th, 2019 from 5-7 pm. At St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Hustisford, and Saturday, from 9-10:45 am. Funeral service will follow at St. Michael’s at 11:00 am. Rev. Donald Vojta is officiating. Interment at Hustisford Cemetery.
Our family would like to thank all the friends and family who supported Bob through his struggles with ALS.
In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Michael’s Lutheran church or the Lion’s Eye Bank.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Hustisford is serving the family. Online condolences may be place on our website www.berndt-ledesma.com
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