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Robert W. Green, 69

Robert William Green, age 69, of Lester Prairie, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, after a seven-year battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 20, 1941, in Morris, MN, the oldest son of Leonard and Agnes (Hochsprung) Green.

Bob attended school in Kensington, MN.

In 1959, he enlisted in the US Army. He spent the last two years of his tour at Camp Kiser in South Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1963. Bob was always very proud of his service to America.

He married the love of his life, Pamela Hiland, Feb. 19, 1966, at Our Lady of the Runestone Catholic Church in Kensington. God blessed their marriage with three loving daughters.

Bob worked many years with his dad at Farmers Elevator in Kensington. In 1970, the family moved to Portland, OR, where Bob worked for K-Lines and was a supervisor on road jobs.

In 1973, the family moved back to Minnesota and Bob taught truck driving at Alexandria Technical School.

The following year, Bob bought the Millerville Mill, where he ground feed and farmed until 1983.

He then started trucking and in 1990, he went to work for SJ&F in Winsted until 1998. Bob’s started his own business, his pride and joy, in 1999, and the name fit the owner – RiteWay Manufacturing. The business grew to include another business in Sebeka, called RiteWay Machining. Bob believed in hard work, and it showed in everything he did.

He loved spending time with family and friends, and will be remembered for his great food. Bob was a great entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor. He enjoyed sharing his expertise with others.

Bob also loved sharing his time, talent, and treasures with the Lester Prairie School, St. Pius X Catholic School and Church, and for the Arlington VFW Memorial Park.

He was a faithful member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe, and a 30-year member of American Legion Post 527 in Millerville, MN.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Pam; daughters Dawn (Robert) Bitzan of Goodhue, Dana (Lee) Webskowski of Marshall, and Denise (Bruce) Johnson of Lester Prairie; eight grandchildren, Brent and Brooke, Lauren, Kalin, Kirsten; Brenda (Matthew) Judice, and Stephanie and Kraig; and great-grandson Tyler Judice.

He is further survived by four sisters, Joanne Hagstrom of Morris, Carol (A.J.) Keller of Kensington, Gayle (Gary) Ahlbrecht of Apache Junction, AZ, and Pat Vickerman of Alexandria; a brother, Tom (Judy) Green of Kensington; a sister-in-law, Sue Green of Kensington; and many other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Agnes Green; a brother, John Green; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Vickerman.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe, with Fr. Anthony Stubeda as the celebrant. Interment took place Friday, Oct. 29 at Our Lady of the Runestone Catholic Cemetery in Kensington.

Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, and continued Thursday morning at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Honorary casket bearers were Roger Klimek, Delmer Klimek, and grandchildren Brent, Brooke, Lauren, Kalin, Kirsten, Brenda, Stephanie, and Kraig.

Casket bearers were Patrick Hagstrom, Scott Blehr, Gavin Ahlbrecht, Joshua Vickerman, Joseph Green, and Matthew Green.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.