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9/9/2011 3:14:00 PM
Robert Bowen Trumpy

Robert "Bob" B. Trumpy, age 93, peacefully passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011, surrounded by his children, caretaker and minister.

He was born July 22, 1918 on a farm near Clarno, Wisconsin, the son of Russell and Mabel Bowen Trumpy. His great, great grandfather and other Swiss relatives were first settlers of New Glarus. At age 2, his family, including one sister and two brothers, moved to Monroe, where he attended school. Bob graduated from Monroe High School with the class of 1936.

Bob attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Agriculture Education June 23, 1941. The following day, June 24th, 1941, he married the woman of his dreams, Harriette June Riemer. He and his bride were married sixty nine-years.

Their first home was in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, followed by Amery and Kenosha. In 1947, he opened Trumpy's Dairy Service in Monroe. The Trumpy name became synonymous with home milk delivery, first with Vohlken Brothers Dairy, Freeport, IL and later, Borden's. The dairy distributorship was a part of his life for thirty years. In semi-retirement, he was the business manager for Greenwood Cemetery.

Bob was a member of the Masonic Temple, The Monroe United Methodist Church, and the Moose. He loved to take his family camping in Wisconsin, fishing for blue gills, swimming, canoeing, taking Sunday drives and road trips throughout the country, and gardening. He was an avid spectator at MHS basketball games, season after season.

Some loves of his life: his wife Harriette, the Corner Café morning coffee gang, dancing to the Bill Chambers Orchestra, reading Western novels, cats, Christmas when the house was filled with children, eating Wisconsin cheese (even Limburger), and the nightly bowl of ice cream.

Bob was a "provider." He worked very hard and made sacrifices to give each of his four children college educations. He showed patience with the many challenges and changes that faced his children throughout their lives and could always be counted on in a crisis.

Bob taught his children the importance of an education and modeled a strong work ethic. Being frugal, saving and investing were principles he lived by. As he often told his children, "money doesn't grow on trees." In the end, he is right. And still.... He provides. We will always love you and appreciate your sacrifices, accomplishments and dedication to your family.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Harriette June Riemer Trumpy, a daughter, Rebecca June Crosswait, Rapid City, SD, sons-in-law, Doctors Don Traul and Bruce Crosswait, sister, Ruth Rusch, and brother, Donald Trumpy.

He is survived by daughters Bobette R. Traul, Monroe, Debra E. Trumpy, Port Aransas, TX, son Robert J. (Jaqualyn Johnson) Trumpy, Cle Elum, WA State, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, his brother Harold (Marian), Winslow, IL, sister-in-law Beth Riemer Riese, Brodhead, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as his beloved cat "Bobbsie."

A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Monroe United Methodist Church, at 2:00 pm. Luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Green County Humane Society, and Monroe United Methodist Church.

Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2016
Article comment by: David Vohlken

I have fond memories of Bob back when I was a young boy passing time with the grown-ups at Vohlken Bros. Dairy. To me Bob was pretty special--delivering our milk to another town in another state!
David J. Vohlken

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