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Robert G. Elbe

Robert Gottlieb Elbe, 90, of Mountain, passed away Friday, March 14.

Born Dec. 14, 1923, to the late Gust and Rose (Fuchs) Elbe, he joined the United States Army in March of 1943 and served until January of 1946. He served with the Headquarters Company 672nd Anti-Tank Battalion in the Pacific Theatre. He was involved in the battle of Huzon and Borneo and was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the American Theatre Service Metal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service Medal, among others. He was proud of his service and was honored in April of 2011 for 65 years in the Mountain Zitske Estabrook V.F.W. for his continuous membership. He was a veteran of the Foreign Wars. A foreman with Sweeney Brothers Construction, he was a hard working man.

He enjoyed his land and Christmas tree plantation on the outskirts of Mountain. His trees were sheered to perfection and many families had a tradition of picking out that “Special Tree.” His hunting in Wisconsin and the Powder Horn Mountains of Wyoming were a highlight every year. An avid snowmobiler, he broke trails deep in the forest and was happy in nature and on his land. He is a member of Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain. A familiar story he told was that he was a bachelor for many years as he was waiting for his special lady, Marvel. They enjoyed dancing with the Big Name Swing Bands. From early spring, when the first wild flowers were up, until fall, he would bring her flowers everyday from his land and they were handed to her with a kiss.

He is survived by his wife, Marvel (Kahler Schaal); a step-son, Richard (Helen) Schaal; a step-daughter, Nancy Vandenput; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom (Marge) Elbe and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ester, Ruth, Donna, Rose, Marie, Wally, Paul “Buck” and Reinhold and a son-in-law and buddy, Don Vandenput.

Visitation was held at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain on Tuesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m., with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring assisted the family with arrangements.


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