Robert (Bob) Weishalla passed away on October 8, 2020, peacefully with family by his side at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. October 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Staples with parish prayers at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday with a luncheon to follow at the Browerville Community Center.
Bob was born August 16, 1939 to Robert J. and Susan C. (Ziegler) Weishalla in Staples where he grew up on a farm with his five brothers.Bob graduated from Staples High School in 1957. He then went to work at Northern Pump in the Twin Cities for five years as a Machinist. He met Rita and the couple were married on July 1, 1963 and moved back to Staples where he started a farm and farmed for the remainder of his life. He was also a machinist with 3M for 30 years. Bob enjoyed being on his farm raising crops and beef cattle, driving his John Deere tractors, hunting and fishing. He was a rock hound and enjoyed searching for agates with his kids.
Bob is survived by his wife, Rita (Smieja) of 57 years; two sons, Robert and Ryan; two daughters, Rita (Dave) Sorgert and Ronat (Ron Perish) Converse; five grandchildren, Nathan (Angie) Sorgert, Robert (Nicole) Sorgert, Taylor (Joe Amador) Converse, Hayden Weishalla, Robert Hunter Weishalla; three great-grandchildren, Jordan Frank, Avery Gerhard, Elias Sorgert; two brothers, Gale (Donna) Weishalla, Leon (Bernice) Weishalla; sister-in-law, Barb Peterson and many nieces and nephews.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law Michael and Mary Smieja; three brothers Lawrence (Bud), Jerome and Tom and two sons, Russell Harold and Rodney Joseph.