Robert Fretschel

Date of Death: Jun 14, 2019
Robert Fretschel

1931 - 2019

Robert Fretschel, 88, of Waupun, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019.

Robert was born January 5, 1931 in Milwaukee to Adolph and Margaret Simon Fretschel. He graduated from high school in Milwaukee, then enlisted in the Army and served in Korea. After he returned from active duty he met his wife, Sandra Erler, and married her on July 12, 1975 in Colorado Springs. The couple moved constantly from state to state for Bob’s work. He retired from Truss & Wall Systems in 1993, then moved to Waupun. “Bob the Builder” was well known in Waupun and performed various jobs for anyone and everyone. He was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oakfield.

Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandy; a daughter, Margie (Mike) Yearling of West Bend; two grandchildren, Allie and Bradley; a brother, Tom (Sandy) Fretschel; sisters, Connie Garvin and Irene Karas; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers: Corwin, Eddy, Jackie and Joe Fretschel; and two sisters: Grace Heyen and Clare Summerfield.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Robert Fretschel will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oakfield with Pastor Matthew Schwartz officiating.

Special Thanks

Thank you to Hospice Home of Hope and Agnesian Cancer Center for the compassionate care given to Bob.



  1. Barbara Rhode Says: June 16, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Sandy, you have my love and sympathy. I will miss Bob, especially when he is looking at his watch telling me I am late for church. And, Christmas Eve will not be the same without him entertaining everyone with his stories. God be with you at this difficult time. Love, Barbara

  2. Dorie Georg Says: June 16, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    You have my deepest sympathy…Bob was a very good man! I will miss him and his visits at the Piggly Wiggly!!

  3. Ann Dahlquist Says: June 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    He was a very nice man. I will miss him not coming in the pig and picking on me.

  4. Richard Rens Says: June 19, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Bob processed many talents, he could fix anything and enjoyed doing it for his friends and neighbors.
    Always liked to hear his stories of his growing up with his many siblings. He never took a thing from
    this country, he was a contributor, a great proud American, and role model for everyone.

  5. mary e tessner Says: June 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Dear Sandy,
    Extending our sympathy to you and your family. Dick &n I always enjoyed seeing you and Bob at our bank luncheons and he always had a friendly face whenever we’d see him…over the past years too. He’ll be missed by many!

  6. Bob was a great man who touched MANY people’s lives with his kindness and humor. The world has lost a wonderful person, but I am glad he is no longer suffering, but smiling brightly on the other side!!

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