Madison-Robert P. Wipperfurth, age 88, passed away at the New Glarus Nursing Home on June 6, 2018 with family present. He was born on November 1, 1929 to Peter J. Wipperfurth and Marcella Gross in Madison, WI. He graduated from St. James Catholic School and graduated in 1948 from Edgewood High School. Robert married Donna Jean Strassman on January 6, 1951. He was drafted into the Korean War twelve days later. He served two years in Germany with the U.S. Army. Robert was in the Sheet Metal Union for 65 years. In his retirement years, he was involved with Winnebago Clubs and traveled to many states. Robert just received Quilt-of-Valor from American Legion Post #385 in Verona. He enjoyed being creative, building an assortment of wood furnishings. He enjoyed dancing the polka with his wife of 67 years.
Robert is survived by his wife, Donna Jean; his 7 children, Debra (Steve) Annen, David (Laurie), Douglas (Rita), Daryl (Mary Ripp), Daniel (Ginger), Denise (Glen) Nelson, and Donna Lee (Gary) Burkeland; 16 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; and a brother, Donald.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Marcella Wipperfurth; in-laws, Ted and Matilda (Strassman) Veloff; brothers, Eugene and Paul; and a step grandson, Craig Burkeland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Monday, June 11, 2018 at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave, Madison, with Fr. Robert Evenson presiding. A visitation will be held at the church from 9am until the time of service.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Porter and Agrace Hospice for the care and support given to Robert.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Robert’s name to Agrace Hospice or The Wisconsin School for The Blind and Visually Impaired in Janesville. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.
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