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Robert J. Janz


1944 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Janz, Robert J.

Robert Jesse Janz, age 73, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at his home.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church, Vesper, WI. Father Nathan will officiate. Visitation will be held at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI from 4:00-8:00 PM Monday and Tuesday at the Church from 10:00-11:00 AM. Burial will be at St. James Parish Cemetery, Vesper, WI.

Bob was born January 20, 1944 in Marshfield, WI to Jesse and Margaret (Ashbeck) Janz. He attended St. Lawrence Grade School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962. After graduation Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After completing boot camp and electricians Mate Class "A" school at NTC in San Diego, CA, he was assigned aboard the destroyer USS Cowell DD547 at Long Beach, CA. In 1964 they were in the Tonkin Gulf, the coast of Vietnam. Bob separated from active duty on August 25, 1966.

Bob married Karen Pelot on November 5, 1966 at James Church in Vesper, WI. Bob worked for Staub Electric in the electric motor rewind shop until 1967 when he began his electrical apprenticeship with Wilhorn Electric. In 1985 he left construction and went to work for Consolidated Papers in the electric shop at Consoweld Corp. He was transferred to the electric shop at the Kraft Division. In August of 1991 Bob was promoted to a planner position in the Planning Dept. at Wisconsin-River Division. He held that position until August 1992 when he became a Maintenance Supervisor at the Kraft Mill and then became a Maintenance Supervisor/Coordinator, the position he held at retirement on September 15, 2000.

In his earlier years Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting. He spent many hours in his work shop on projects. For many years he and Karen and the kids traveled with the truck and RV to many states for 3 weeks each summer. He was very particular in everything he did. He said if you don't do something the right way, there was no reason to do it at all.

Bob was Vice-President of Chapter 11 Catholic Financial Life for many years. He enjoyed going to sporting events for his grandchildren. After retiring from the mill he worked part time at Ace Hardware until February 2017.

Bob is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen; daughter, Jodi (John) Matthews of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; son, Jeremy Janz of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; seven grandchildren, Mariah, Chloe, Alexa, Samuel, Serenity, Issac and Braden; three sisters, Anola (Stan) Pelot of Pittsville, WI, Annette (Ken) Schill of Stratford, WI and Doris (Bruce) Marach of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; two brothers, Tom (Diane) Janz of Port Edwards, WI and Gary (Roberta) Janz of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; four brothers -in-law, Larry (Cindy) Pelot of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Jerry Pelot of Vesper, WI, Dennis (Penny) Pelot of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Kevin (Brenda) Pelot of Portland, OR. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Margaret Janz; and father and mother-in-law, Albert and Marie Pelot.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Dec. 9, 2017
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