Robert J. France

Robert John France, age 92, of Prairie du Sac died on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

He was born December 12, 1923 in Miles City, MT, the son of Robert and Aleda (Eggen) France. On July 6, 1952, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Marie Ewers of Soldiers Grove, WI. Bob worked as a foreman at Badger Village and at the Creamery in Sauk City. He worked for WPL Alliant Energy Co. for 27 years.

Bob was President, Vice-President and Curator for the S.P. Historical Society. He was on the Session and Treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Phyllis chaperoned the youth group of their church at a work-study program at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico and also to Ozone, Tennessee. He was a leader of the Boy Scouts and taught photography to students in 4-H. He did the photography for an historical book published about the Fire Stations here and in surrounding communities. Bob loved to travel and camp with his family, and he enjoyed canoeing, bicycling, and hiking. He was an avid woodworker and skilled at all things electrical. He adored animals.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis, Willie and Zippy (their two pet companions), his two sons Rob (Maria), and Greg; four daughters Mary (Gary) of Colorado Springs CO., Laurie (Bill) Dummer of Baraboo, Debra (Ken) Rosen of Lake Delton, Melanie (Jerry) Vollbrecht of Prairie du Sac WI.; six grandchildren Greg (Melanie) Neumaier, Kathy, Michael (Shannon) of Baraboo, Tarin of Lake Delton, Darcy & Kari of Prairie du Sac and Kristen & Jared of Lake Delton; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson; four sisters-in-law: Lola Smith of MO., Rita Ewers of Platteville, Joanne France of Soldiers Grove, and Betty France of Stoughton. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Aleda (Eggen) France, two brothers, Bruce and Donald (Doc), one sister, Betty Jane, and five brothers-in-law.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Prairie du Sac, WI., on Sat. Nov.26 with Pastor John Smith officiating.

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