Robert O. Hinkel

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Robert O. Hinkel, 89, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, April 22, at his home.


He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Wadena, the son of Oscar and Mae (Voshell) Hinkel. He married Wanita Bruehahn on Sept. 20, 1948, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor. She later preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2000. 


Robert worked for the Milwaukee Road and later the Soo Line Railroad for over 45 years until his retirement. He loved to play golf, softball, and baseball. Robert served as the MarMac School Board President and as a City Clerk for the City of Marquette. 


He is survived by his son Larry (Rita) Hinkel, of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; his daughter Janet (James) Wachuta, of Des Moines; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;  his sisters, Bernadine (Ronald) Ginter, Fla., and Betty (Robert) Pries, Waterloo; and his dear friend Maxine Henry,  Dubuque. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his brothers Donald, Russell, John, Richard, William and Delmar Hinkel; and his sisters, Alo Church and Ona Buck.


Funeral services will be Wednesday April 25,  at 1 p.m., at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, Pastors Joe Irvin and Kyle Svennungsen officiating, with burial in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.


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