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Robert “Bob” Howard

May 11, 2020 | 4 comments

Robert J. (Bob) Howard, 91 of Trempealeau, and long-time resident of Galesville, passed away early Saturday morning May 9, 2020. He passed peacefully and spent his final days with his wife and sons.

Born March 15, 1929 in Ashland, WI, Bob attended Ashland High School graduating in 1947. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northland College in Ashland and Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War from 1950 – 1953.

Bob moved to Galesville in 1958 and was superintendent of schools of the Gale-Ettrick, and later Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau school district, from 1962 until 1989. He had a never-ending passion to bring the highest quality of education to the children of the community.

Over the years Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and watching sporting events. He was strong supporter of G-E-T athletics and a regular attendee of those events for over 50 years. He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin on West Twin Lake in Ashland County. But more than anything, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family.

Bob is survived by his wife of 22 years, Julie, and his two sons Bruce (Amy) and Jim (Sarah) and their families, and a sister Geraldine Randby (Ashland, WI). He was preceded in death by his parents (Leslie and Margaret Howard), two sisters (Marion, Shirley) and a brother (Les).

A celebration of life event will be held at a later date.


The family wishes memorial contributions to be made to:

Robert J. Howard Scholarship Fund

Citizens First Bank

24050 3rdStreet

Trempealeau, WI 54661


Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library

11455 Fremont St

Trempealeau, WI 54661




  1. Nelda Grimm

    Julie, you and the boys have my sympathy! Bob was a wonderful man! Nelda Grimm

  2. Mike Howard

    Will miss you Uncle Bob.
    Thank you for so many great memories.

  3. Carolyn Schwartz

    My deepest sympathies and love to you and the family.

  4. Chuck Forster

    Bob hired me in 1976, and was a terrific mentor and wonderful friend. The world has lost a really good man!


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