Robert T. Wolniak
September 22, 2020
Robert T. Wolniak, 76, of the Chippewa County Township of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire. He was born January 3, 1944, in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Martha Wolniak. He graduated from Tilden Tech High School in 1962. On October 31, 1964, Robert married Donna Irving in Chicago, IL.
Bob was trained in mechanics in his teens, becoming a licensed aircraft mechanic at the end of high school, and was introduced to the die casting industry soon after high school. He was eventually trained in fluid power systems and became a foreman at a manufacturing firm. Bob then started his own industrial machine repair company.
His love for the country lifestyle was cultivated at an early age. While his children were young, Bob and Donna purchased a hobby farm near West Bend WI, then later a 120-acre tract near Boyd WI, all the time learning about farming practices on his own time. Eventually he purchased a small 160-acre dairy farm near Holcombe WI and milked cows for 4+ years before returning to his first love and talent of industrial machine repair. Launching Wolniak Machine Corporation in the early 1980s, his company employed many machinists and mechanics. He traveled the country fixing machines at many diecasting companies, including extensive work in the automotive and outboard marine industries, designing many retrofits and injection “shot” systems. Bob holds several patents in machine design. Bob and Donna moved in 1999 to their beloved 100+ acre wooded lot on highway 64 near Cornell Lake. They retired in 2003. He transformed much of the former farmland into ponds and trails. He loved the varied wildlife and giving rides on his “gator.” His favorite activities also involved playing the organ, fishing, clearing and harvesting trees for firewood, and going out to eat with friends at his favorite breakfast restaurants as often as he could.
Bob is survived by his wife, Donna, of 55+ years; his sons, Bob M., and David V; his grandchildren Alex and Darya; his sister, Mariann; and brothers David J., Tom Sr., and Daniel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Joe.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer with Rev. Bob Wolniak officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donatations are prefered to your local Humane Society.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer.
11:30 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer.
Bloomer Floral - (715) 568-5600 - All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 8:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28.
Devonah McFarlane Donna, Bob was an amazing man that loved his polka music on while eating!! He will surely be missed. I will be thinking of you and your family.
September 28 at 7:22am
marvin kelm Condolences to the family.. I will really miss the fellow. How old was he? 790 thousand zillion years?
I did enjoy his unique witt. Especially at the Ovens.. Great memories M Kelm
September 25 at 7:50pm
Jane Luethi So sorry for your loss, may the power of prayer help you through this difficult time
September 25 at 10:29am
Marvin m Kelm Sorry to hear of Bob's passing .. I sure enjoyed talking(listening) to him especially at the
Ovens. He always had such good information (well maybe exaggerated a bit sometimes)
Fun fellow,,, will really miss him. Condolences to the family. Marv Kelm Bloomer
September 25 at 8:40AM
Tonya Ramelfanger I'm so sorry that he has passed away. Bob was such a character! I'll miss seeing him and listening to him talk about his property, his parents, all the machines he's worked on, all the trees he wanted my grand daughters to take down. And how he'd been "kidnapped by Donna, but how can he escape when he doesn't want to?"
You could see plain as day how much he loves Donna and his life with her.
September 24 at 4:56PM
Delbert Anderson Our condolences. I admired Bob Sr as he was very bright and ambitious. I remember the joy he brought his grandchildren, Alexad Darya.
September 23 at 3:58PM