Robert Mach

Robert L. Mach

Robert L. Mach, age 88, of Appleton, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Cherry Meadows. Robert was born on February 16, 1925, in Antigo, to the late Wenzel and Mabel (Jones) Mach. He married the former Bette Knoebel on June 18, 1947, in Antigo, and they celebrated over 59 years of marriage; she preceded him in death on April 28, 2007. Bob was a graduate of Antigo High School and the University of Wisconsin School of Banking in Madison. He spent his career in the banking and insurance industry for over 44 years, serving the communities of Antigo, Park Falls, Wrightstown, Lone Rock, and Prairie de Chien. He held many titles in the banking business, from bookkeeper to president, and served on the Board of Director for three banks. After retirement, he continued to work for Menards for six years, and the City of Appleton as a ramp cashier for seven years. Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 in the 872nd Field Artillery Battalion, and 18 months in the European Theater in WWII. He also served in the Wisconsin National Guard in the 32nd Infantry Division from 1949 to 1952.

Bob was a prominent civic and community leader throughout his career. He was a member of VFW Post #2778; Knights of Columbus Council #607; a 50-year member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and a 50-year member of the Equitable Reserve Association. Bob was also a member of the VFW Band for two years, and the Park Falls American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps for four years. He served as a director of the Park Falls Chamber of Commerce; secretary of St. Anthony Home and School Association; trustee of the Village of Lone Rock; trustee of Southwest Library Board; past commander of the American Legion Post #182; president and Zone Chairman of the Wrightstown Lions Club; president of the Lone Rock Lions Club; charter member and secretary of the Prairie du Chien Lions Club; and Jaycees president. Bob also served as president, treasurer and chairman of the fund raising committee for the Crawford County Unit of the American Cancer Society; treasurer and chairman of the Mother's Drive for the March of Dimes and also chaired drives for the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, New Park Falls Memorial Hospital, the Heart Fund, Precious Blood Fathers Seminary and the South Brown County United Way.

Survivors include his sons, Michael J. (Susan Hoffman) Mach, Fitchburg, and Kevin R. (Barb Kohanski) Mach, Appleton; his grandsons, John L. (Amy) Mach, Sun Prairie; James R. (Erin) Mach, Madison; Ryan F. Mach, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Robert J. (Shannon Burke) Mach, Green Bay; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Mach, Little Chute; Margie Mach, Kaukauna; and Mary Ann Fuchs, Sussex. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Bette, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Stanley Mach, George (Bea) Mach, and Harry Mach; sisters: Florence (Dick) Pullman, Evelyn (Russell) Steinfeldt, and Beulah Thomas; mother and father-in-law, Stella (Herman) Otto; brother-in-law, Eugene Knoebel; sister-in-law, Dorothy Stoeger; niece, Kathy Caveney; and brother-in-law, Frank Fuchs.

The Funeral Liturgy for Robert will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1617 S. Pine Street, Appleton. Fr. Dennis Ryan and Fr. Gerald Falk will be officiating. Friends may call at Wichmann Funeral Home downtown chapel from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, with Deacon Michael Eash conducting a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of mass. Entombment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Appleton. Military Honors will be observed at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name. Online condolences can be expressed at

A sincere thank you to Father Dennis Ryan, Father Gerald Falk, and Deacon Michael Eash for their visits and spiritual blessings.



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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2013