Robert A. (Bob) Pooler, 88, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born May 10, 1925, in La Crosse, Wis., to Paul and Selma (Brekke) Pooler. He graduated from Preston High School and then went on to attend Luther College.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy Air Corps and proudly served his country during WWII.

On Oct. 21, 1950, he married Muriel Bastian.

He was a member of Homestead United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the VFW and was a lifetime member of the Elks.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf, but above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family making memories.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muriel; a son, Craig (Jackie) Pooler of Little Falls, Minn.; a daughter, Vicki Petrich of Oxnard, Calif.; four grandchildren, Eric Schwestka, Kristin (Joe) Mellgren, Matthew (Cass Kleinjan) Pooler and Ryan (Alyssa) Petrich; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Hailey Mellgren, and a stepsister, Joyce Robertson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Pooler; mother, Selma Pooler Hahn; stepfather, Reuben Hahn, and two stepbrothers, Dan and Kenneth Hahn.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester. Inurnment was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Hospice, The American Cancer Society or to Homestead United Methodist Church.

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