Robert Walter Gernetzke, 87,

May 30, 2018

Robert Walter Gernetzke, 87, went to live in his heavenly home on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. He was born on August 29, 1930 to Walter and Anna (Subera) Gernetzke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, South Ridge. He was a member of the Hillsboro High School Graduating Class of 1948. After high school, he served in the United States Army in Korea during the Korean War from 1952 -1954 as a pharmacy technician. He was united in marriage on May 7, 1955 to Clarita Shore at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church. Together they farmed in the Town of Forrest. He also worked as a postal carrier. He was a faithful member of St. Matthew’s; he served on the church council and as the treasurer. He enjoyed playing cards, listening to polka, and square dancing, Robert and Clarita belonged to the Sweet Heart Square Dancers Club. Bob loved spending time with his family, and had a close bond with his brothers-in-laws and with his nieces and nephews. Bob was a quiet strong man, no matter what life threw at him; he was always willing to help someone else.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Clarita (Shore) Gernetzke, his son Henry Gernetzke of Viroqua and his daughter Amy Gernetzke of Kendall. He is further survived by his in laws LaVita Fanta, Wendell (Judy) Shore, Leon (Diane) Shore, Gary (Trudy) Hutter, and Daniel (Charlotte) Shore. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, in laws Gordon (JoAnn) Shore, Raymond Fanta, Jerome Shore and nephew Larry Fanta.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018, 11:00 A.M. St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, 297 E South Railroad St. Kendall. Pastor Larry Neitzel will officiate. Burial will be held at the South Ridge Cemetery, Ontario, Wisconsin.

Family and friends are invited for visitation Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of church service.

The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Kendall is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to