Robert K. “Pops” Hughes, 68, of Kiel died Monday, April 8, 2019 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah.
He was born July 12, 1950 in Austin, Minnesota, son of the late George and Edith (Roberts) Hughes. Bob married Marie Kopf on Feb. 13, 1984 in Winona, Minnesota.
Bob was the consummate “Cheese Head,” having begun his working career as a cheese maker while still in high school. Having learned the trade beginning in Greenwood, Bob worked also for Bamford Cheese, White Clover, and finally Bordens until his retirement in January 2016.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kiel, the Lakeshore Peddlers Bicycle Group, and the Kiel Fish and Game where he volunteered with the youth trap league.
Bob enjoyed the great outdoors and all of the activities time spent outside had to offer. He enjoyed taking time to hunt and shoot trap and cherished canoe camping in the Boundary Waters. He appreciated moments spent camping but especially looked forward to hitting the open road on his bicycle. Bob was also proud of picking up the nickname “Fireball Bob” while dirt track racing in Eagle River during the Mechanic’s Race.
Bob’s sense of humor and concern for everyone around him will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.
Survivors include his wife Marie; his children, Shanon (Mark) Odegaard, Patricia Hughes, Dave Hughes, Jeremiah (Katie) Hughes, and Emma Hughes; six grandchildren, Tylor Hughes, Kaylee Schreiber, Noah and Kathryn Odegaard, and Rielynn and Finnley Hughes; two brothers, Dan (Sharon) Hughes and Ken Hughes; a sister, Diana (Loren) Nelson; his aunt, Lou Hughes; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two nephews, Todd Hughes and Adam Hughes; and a niece, Ann Zettler.
The funeral service is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Wieting Family Funeral Home, 411 W. Main St., Chilton with the Rev. Brett Naumann officiating. Visitation will take place at Wieting Family Funeral Home from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.
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