MANISTIQUE - Robert J. Weber, 89, of 324 S. Maple Street, Manistique, Mich., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on January 8, 2014, at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.
He was born February 21, 1924, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of John and Pauline (Pretasky) Weber and attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during his senior year of high school and proudly served during World War II. He fought in three major battles: Normandy, the Siegfrid Line and the Battle of the Bulge and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.
On September 14, 1946, he married the former Eleanore P. Bonini in La Crosse, Wis. They made their home and raised their family in Manistique.
Bob was employed as a meat cutter at the A & P Store, Ollie's Red Owl, and Ken's IGA, all of Manistique, until his retirement in 1989.
He was a devout member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique where he enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending time with his family, especially during the holidays. Bob was honored and had the privilege of being a participant in the Upper Peninsula's first Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., a trip which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eleanore P. Weber of Manistique; sons, Rodney (Gayle) Weber of Manistique, Gary (Carol) Weber of Gladstone and Scott (Kathleen) Weber of Marquette; daughter, Noreen (Robert) Hinkson of Manistique; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Francis and Johnny; and his sisters, Bernice, Agnes, Mayme, Helen, Catherine and Mary.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, in St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m in the church with Father Martin Flynn officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Lake Linden.
The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at mbfuneral.com.