Robert J. Harings

Robert “Bob” J. Harings, 82, of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Mayo Health Care System in Eau Claire, Wis. Bob was born on Feb. 20, 1938, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the son of Arnold and Florence Harings.

Bob worked as a truck driver for Chippewa Motor Freights and Madison Freight. He also farmed the family farm in Chetek. Bob graduated from McDonell High School in Chippewa Falls. He later married Kay Pederson in Tilden, Wis.,  on May 14, 1960. They raised five children. Bob loved watching and playing sports. He enjoyed polka dances and most of all, loved making people laugh.

Bob leaves to celebrate his memory: his children, Brent (Chris), of Rice Lake Wis., Charmaine Mlejnek, of Rice Lake, Peggy (Dan) Cunningham, of Hudson, Wis., Kim Ryan, of Chippewa Falls, and Heidi (Tim) Ryan of Hudson; 13 grandchildren, Mitchell, Sean, Hans, Jade, Jasmine, Sam, Calli, Shannon, Rachel, Miranda, Zachary, Heather and Sydney; two great-grandchildren, Dax and Stella; siblings, Jim (Ginger) Harings, of Chippewa Falls, Marilyn (Loren), of Port Edwards, Wis., Denny (Linda) Harings, of Chippewa Falls, Joe Harings, of Weslaco, Texas, and Ann (Jeff) Steinmetz of Bloomer, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Kristy (Jerry) Taft, of Chetek, and Annette Harings of Powder Springs, Georgia; brother-in-law, John Schwartz. of Bloomer; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kay; brother, Duane, and sister, Vernetta.

The funeral service for Bob will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at 1 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chetek. Father Bala Policetty will celebrate the Service. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at noon and continue until the time of service. Bob will be laid to rest in Chetek at a later date.

A celebration gathering will follow the church service at 2:30 p.m., at the Chetek Airport Park Pavilion, at 633 Lake View Drive, Chetek.

Facial coverings are required for the visitation and service, as well as social distancing practices.

The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek has been entrusted with arrangements.

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