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In Memory of Robert Vytlacil

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday October 21, 2020
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Robert Leroy Vytlacil, age 89 of Hudson, Wisconsin, passed away October 12, 2020 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. Bob was born on December 15, 1930 in Mosinee, Wisconsin to Louis and Agnes (Bursky) Vytlacil. He grew up in Mosinee, graduated from Mosinee High School, and continued his education at vocational school in Wausau, where he studied drafting and mechanical design. Bob was united in marriage to Cecilia Manthey on October 9, 1954 at St. James Church in Wausau, and the couple were blessed with 6 children:  Mark, Vaughn, Patricia, Thomas, Brian and Lisa. Bob served in the U.S. Army and spent 26 years with the National Guard, earning the rank of sergeant. He worked for 32 years in manufacturing having started as a draftsman and worked his way into an engineer position, spending much of his career at 3M, retiring in 1990.

In retirement, Bob took up scuba diving and traveled the world for his underwater adventures. He had a larger than life personality with the self confidence to accomplish anything he set his mind to. Bob was very inquisitive and fond of learning about new technology, medicine, and following the stock market. He cherished the time spent with his family and enjoyed camping, fishing, and watching the Packers. Bob was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson, and was a longtime usher at their 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Bob will remain in the hearts of his children, Mark (Claranna) Vytlacil of Racine, WI, Vaughn (Joyce) Vytlacil of Ormond Beach, FL, Patty Vytlacil (Bill Baldwin) of San Diego, CA, Tom (Colleen) Vytlacil of Bentonville, AR, Brian Vytlacil of New York City, NY, and Lisa Vytlacil of Rockville, MD; grandchildren, Christopher (Jaerim), Jonathan, Max and Emma Vytlacil; Bob’s companion, Stephanie Price; sisters, Mim, and Anne; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia; his parents; and brothers, Leonard “Lenny” (Jackie) Vytlacil, and Leon (Jean) Vytlacil.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bob will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21st at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI. Masks and appropriate social distancing are required. Bob’s service will be live-streamed on the St. Patrick Catholic Church Facebook page (a Facebook account is NOT required for viewing). Interment at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Patrick Catholic Church, United Service Organizations (USO), Salvation Army, or The Phipps Center for the Arts.

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    • I am thinking about and praying for Bobs family during this difficult time. I got to know Bob from the Courage Center in Stillwater where we used the warm water pool and fitness center together. We had good conversation about many topics over the years and became good friends. I will miss having coffee and visiting after our workouts and also going out to breakfast with him on Fridays. Bob always talked about his children and you could tell he was very proud of them all. During the last couple of years he spoke about the Love he had found with Stephanie, the good times they shared and how thankful he was for that.
      God bless you all

    • My condolences to the Vytlacil family in Bob’s passing. I was unable to attend the service in person, but was able to watch the entire service on my television. It was a very nice service and tribute to Bob. Again, my condolences.
      Dick Boden, A good friend and co-worker at 3M

    • My sympathy to the family and friends of Bob. He was a true friend to all.
      I had the privilege of knowing him his entire career and worked with him on many projects including his first at 3M. Innovative and forthright was his trademark.

    • Our sympathies to the family on the loss of Bob from this life. I had the joy of teaching Lisa & Brion piano lessons. Bob couldn’t understand why they struggled, so Ce gave him 10 lessons for their anniversary gift. It took us all year to use them due to his work travels, but Bob found out big hands don’t always fit on the keys. It was a joy & lots of frustrated laughter for him to develop his own love of music. And he loved to share his travel adventures. What a great family man he was.

    • I extend my deepest sympathies to the Vytlacil family. I was the last person Bob hired into 3M before he retired. I was a 22-year-old, newly graduated engineer at the time. I am forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me and the many blessings that have come from that over the last 30 years. Although I only worked for Bob for six months, I credit his example, foresight and integrity for having an outsized impact on me. I could easily relate to his natural curiosity and inventiveness. As a testament to his foresight, the group at 3M he founded in the late 1980’s to advance an emerging technology, is thriving and a key part of 3M’s technology portfolio today.

      Pat Duerr, 3M Engineering

    • So sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. We worked on a few projects together while at 3M. A great guy and he will be missed.
      Burt King

    • My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Vylacil family during this hard time.. Bob and Cecelia were wonderful folks and great neighbors. We have fond memories of them from the minute we moved in some 31 years ago. Years ago, Ce and Bob would pick the wild raspberries at the end of the road and often would bring some up for the kids to eat along with some homemade preserves. For a number of years, Bob would make the rounds to neighbors on Christmas eve to drop off some yummy cookies and treats and of course, stay for a holiday drink. In fall, we could always count on apples or some home baked apple treats. Bob was very proud of his children and almost every conversation i had with him included information about how well his children and grandchildren were doing. Bob had a fun personality and was liked by everyone. I enjoyed kidding around with him. They both will be missed in our neighborhood community.
      Sue and Don Curtis 37th Street

    • Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Bob will be missed by many!
      I was fortunate enough to meet some you through Stephanie and enjoyed sharing in the “Bob” stories! Keep strong and continue to work together as a family as your father would have wanted it that way. Love and prayers to you all – Doreen Protz (Stephanie’s neighbor)

    • To the Vytlacil family, I knew Bob from 3M Engineering.
      Thoughts and prayers for your loss.
      Fred Banholzer, 3M Retired Sourcing Manager