Memorial Gathering4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday February 19, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002
Raphael Robert “Bob” Kahler, age 95, passed away at his home from Congestive Heart Failure on Monday, February 8, 2021. Robert was born one of nine children to parents Andrew J. Kahler & Abigail (Hines) Kahler on March 10, 1925. He was born in Castle Rock, MN. The family farmed in the Spring Valley & Roberts areas. Then, in 1934, Andrew purchased the family farm in Emerald, where they stayed for the entirety of Bob’s life. He helped his parents’ farm & would later take it over himself. In March of 1945 until January of 1947, Bob served in the Army in World War II. Most of his time was spent on different ships & places working as a diesel mechanic on ship engines. He was also in the Philippines, South Korea, & a various other locations. Upon returning home, he went back to the family farm & also started hauling milk for the Downing Creamery.
He would meet & later marry the love of his life, Betty Lou Harer, on Christmas Eve of 1957. Together the couple had two children, Bradley & Roxanne. Bob loved the family farm & worked hard on it. He always had a helping hand for anyone who asked; & had peace & calmness about him with a big heart. His blue eyes would always sparkle when he would joke around with someone. In 1986 until 2000, he worked at Andersen Windows in Bayport, MN.
Robert always kept busy by finding things to work on & do around the farm. Even in his later years you could find him climbing up on one of his John Deere tractors still trying to get work done. He loved being outdoors mowing the lawn & working in the garden. Always staying busy… He liked to farm auctions to see what he could find; it was like a treasure hunt for him! Robert also loved to read the newspapers & keep well informed. Friday & Saturday nights he liked to sit & watch wrestling on TV with his son, Brad. They had many special moments together. Roxanne loved to cook with him; Bob always had a way of making meals memorable. In his later years, he would love to sit & watch the birds on his deck. He could name all of them, & especially loved the Pileated Woodpecker. He had a kind heart for all of the cats that would find their way to his doorstep. His grandchildren & great-grandchildren made those blue eyes sparkle with love. They meant the world to him.
Bob is survived by his children, Bradley Kahler & Roxanne (Butch) Kiekhofer; former daughter-in-law, Rita (Hill) Kahler; four grandchildren, Jessica (Ryan) Rugg, Justin Kiekhofer, Heather (Tim) Adams, & Amy Kahler; six great-grandchildren, Savanna & Easton Rugg, Phoenixx & Lyla Kiekhofer, & Devin & Elliot Adams; sister, Arlene Goossens; sisters-in-law, Adeline Kahler & Eva Kahler; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, & neighbors. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Betty Lou; brothers, Walter, Chester, Vincent (Florence), & Donald Kahler; sisters, Jeanette Klee, Myrna (Kenneth) Gaustad, & Dorothy (Wilbur) Otto.
A Memorial Gathering in Bob’s honor will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M, Friday, February 19, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, WI. A Funeral Service & Interment are tentatively scheduled for May of 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Erin Prairie, WI. Check back with the funeral home via phone at 715-684-3434, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further updates. Memorials for Bob’s family may be sent to: O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Care of Robert Kahler Family, 1010 Newton St. Baldwin, WI 54002, to be forwarded on your behalf.