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In Memory of Robert 'Bob' McGrew


4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI, as well as one hour prior to the service at church

Funeral Services

11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Hudson.

Bob McGrew, age 90, died peacefully on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Hudson Hospital. Bob was born on September 21, 1927, in Red Wing, MN, the son of Mac and Freda (Anderson) McGrew. He left Red Wing high school during his senior year in order to enlist in the United States Navy, where he proudly served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After returning home from the Navy, he attended Winona State University as well as the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. On May 13, 1950, Bob was united in marriage to Lorraine Scuillo in Hudson, WI. Their union soon became blessed with three children: Nancy, John, and Carolyn. Bob held many jobs throughout his life; he built, managed, and maintained a walk-up root beer stand in Hudson before becoming the advertising manager at the Hudson Star Observer. Bob moved on to become Division Sales Manager at Ashland Oil, where he worked for many years before his retirement in 1986. He proudly served his community for over 30 years as a volunteer at the Hudson Hospital after his retirement. 

Bob was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother; he appreciated each and every moment spent together with Lorraine across 68 years of marriage, and treasured the countless memories shared with his children. He took pleasure in a long round of golf, as well as his frequent woodworking ventures. Bob had a limitless talent for woodworking; he was determined to construct furniture and other projects with an immense level of pride and craftsmanship.

Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine; children, Nancy McGrew, John (Kim) McGrew, Carolyn (Bill) Leckey; sister, Betty Gibbs; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Mac and Mary McGrew; and brother-in-law, James Gibbs.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 4-8 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI, as well as one hour prior to the service at church. A Memorial Service for Bob will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Hudson. Burial will take place at Willow River Cemetery following the service.

Memorials are preferred to Adoray Hospice or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI.

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    • Dear Loraine and Family,
      We send our thoughts and prayers and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. We always enjoyed visiting you in your home in Hudson and we remember the time we met in Arizona. You and Bob were great hosts and fun to be with..

      May he rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.
      Mary Ellen DeNucci and Irene (Danielson) DeNucci

    • What a wonderful man who lived an incredible life. He is leaving a legacy that will be remembered for many years
      Bob found the perfect wife and fathered three wonderful kids. He had a great career contributing a great deal to the community and to his many many friends. There are few people I have known who were so good and nice that I couldn’t imagine anyone not liking them.[ my Sister in law marilyn was the only other one that I can think of.

      Well Bob is gone, but we have memories, memories are wonderful things you can visit them any time of the day or night, and they are always of good things. As i sit in front of my computer the memories are filling my mind, I remember visiting the root beer stand , that is where I first met Bob, I remember the Star observer at the end of the bridge, the stories of his career with the refinery and the Erickson clan, the beautiful home he and Lorraine built, not a blade of grass out of place, the projects he built that I wished I could do.
      The DEER Camp, he fed us so well and always was ready to share his Hudson Bay, He was admired as an INSTITUTION by that august group.
      When you needed the community ladder you just called Bob, Jack Martin always claimed that he owned half of the ladder and bob only stored it for him.

      I remember the Thursday golf group, I can see them sitting around the table in the bar setting the afternoon wagers.
      My most recent memory was stopping to see he and Lorraine in their new apartment, Nancy and IO were treated to wine and some very wonderful conversation. Memories are great and I look forward to reliving more of them with this about this wonderful friend. hey

    • A life well lived!! We are glad to have known a
      fine man, remembered as the best manager
      at our Ashland Petroleum sales office.

      God Bless!
      Dianna Burgette Ross

    • Bob & Lorraine have been among a small handful of my parents’ dearest and most-tenured friends. My memories of Bob, from my childhood right through to our last interaction this past January, are of a consistently positive, generous, kind, good-humored, and thoughtful gentleman. Our world is smaller for this loss. Blessings and wishes for warm memories to Lorraine, Caroline, Nancy and John.

    • I was so sad to hear of Bob’s passing he was such a wonderful man. I volunteered with him at Hudson hospital and he was always such a bright light with his beautiful smile and great sense of humor. My prayers are with Lorraine and family. Rest In Peace Bob.

      Pat Niccum

    • Bob and Loraine are two of the finest people Carolyn and I ever knew. I am proud to have known Bob and to call him a friend. We extend our deepest sympath to the family and wish them the best. Rest In Peace my friend.

    • It was always a pleasure to see you at the golf course. You were one of the people that when looking out at the lot of the old course window, that I knew would brighten my day!
      Play well Mr. McGrew:)

    • Mark and I offer condolences and prayers to the family.
      Bob has gone home, but he lives on through his family.
      Rest in peace, God bless.

    • Bob: You are missed terribly. But, you were a great role model for both me & Anne-Marie. We are especially happy to have known you & Lorraine. And even happier to know you got to see Grampa Lew’s work at the Red Wing pottery.
      Thank you for your service in the Navy & years of volunteering at the hospital. Always meeting people with smiles & your caring heart. May you rest in peace. You have more than earned it!

      Dave and Anne-Marie McDonald