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Robert Duellman

February 24, 2019 | 17 comments

Robert Duellman, age 76 of Galesville, Wisconsin was welcomed home by his Heavenly Father on Friday, February 22, 2019. Born on September 5, 1942, he was the son of the late Hilarion and Anna Duellman.  Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Tom (Audrey), his sisters, Helen (Eugene) and Ethel, brother-in-laws Jay Fish and Pat Leahy, and son-in-law Mark Calabrese.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol (Burmeister) Duellman, his devoted children, Christine (Tim) Hovell, Victoria (the late Mark) Calabrese, Daniel (Dawn) Duellman, Mark (Sarah) Duellman , Todd (Terra) Duellman , his adoring grandchildren Ashley, Braden (Kencie),Ciara, Reed, Kendall, Sadie, Sydney, and Jonathan; his loving brothers, Louis (Nancy), Elmer (Bernadette) and sisters Jane Fish and Ruth Leahy and adoring nieces and nephews.  He was also the loving “father” of many special foreign exchange students including Tomas Jensen, Carolina Martin-Leon and Fanny Fascar.

Robert served proudly in the United States Navy from 1960 until 1963. He received his Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Winona State University. He was a beloved teacher and Driver’s Ed instructor for 34 years at G-E-T High School and touched the lives of many students with his devotion, wit and genuine care for them.  He served for many years on the Galesville City Council, the Board at Marinuka Manor, and was a past member of the Trempealeau County Board. He was active in the Galesville American Legion, Post 103 and served faithfully on the Galesville Fire Department until his retirement.  Robert was a devoted member of St. Mary ‘s Catholic Church and served on the Parish Council. He was an outgoing volunteer in the Galesville community and beyond.

Robert was a loving husband and father, and an avid outdoorsman who loved to travel. Bob will be remembered the most for his true passions of conversation and helping others, as well his sense of humor and adventure.

The family would like to extend a special thank you for the wonderful care of Bethany Riverside Lighthouse- La Crosse and also the Staff at Eagle Crest.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 20344 W Ridge Ave, Galesville, WI.  Father Antony Joseph will officiate.  Robert will be laid to rest at Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville.  Visitation will be held Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4-7 P.M. and again Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at the church.  Coulee Region Cremation Group, Onalaska has been entrusted with arrangements.



  1. Lorrie

    Dear Carol and Vicki,

    We are so sorry to read your husband/father has passed away. We pray the Lord will comfort you in your time of grief and you will sense his loving presence with you.

    Sincere sympathy, Andy and Lorrie Erli

  2. Katie (Literski) Lehrke

    Bob was a wonderful man, who will be missed by so many people. You will see him again.

  3. Karen Holder

    My condolences Carol. Love and prayers.

  4. Travis Church

    Mr. Duellman was a great man and teacher. Always enjoyed talking with him while I went to school and after I graduated. He will be missed.

  5. Gerri Pizzini

    Carol, I am truly sorry for your loss and my heart aches for you and your family…. my deepest condolences and prayers are with you… love and strength my dear friend!

    • Stacie Stefan

      To the Duellman family,
      I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Duellman was an exemplary teacher who went out of his way for his students. I am so grateful and appreciative to have had him as mine. I believe my life would look a lot different if he hadn’t taken the time to explain to me the consequences of not graduating high school. Mr. Duellman found out I was dropping out my senior year, he tracked me down, took me aside and explained how much I was limiting myself by not getting my high school diploma. I decided after his care and concern for me that I would follow through and graduate. I now live a very comfortable life on a very good salary all because he took 10 minutes out of his day. I am eternally grateful for him. I am sure he inspired and spurred on many more students and affected their lives in significant ways you will never know, but I felt I needed to share my story with you. This world is truly a better place because of him.
      Stacie Stefan (Reedy)

  6. Marilyn Heinz

    Bob achieved his Heavenly award for all the great deeds he accomplished and all the lives he touch while here upon this earth. I, for one, am glad to have known him. He continues to live in my memories of growing up in Galesville. Blessed be Bob’s memory

  7. Terri Richard

    My condolences to the family. Mr Duelman was my shop teacher back when I went to G.E.T. He was one of my favorite teachers. He was a great man. May he rest in piece. God Bless.

  8. Murry Leyton Cherry

    A very close friend and shipmate for nearly 50 years. I will surely miss HIM.


  9. Eric L. Bowen

    Hello Danny. I was saddened and surprised to see this obituary for your father. Please accept my sympathies for you and your family. Please find me on Facebook and talk if you want. Let’s stay in touch.

  10. Helen and Tony Horner

    Thoughts and prayers to you Carol, your children and grandchildren. So sorry for your loss.

  11. Paul Noll

    I’m heartbroken!! My thoughts and prayers are with everybody who loved this man. He has been an inspiration my whole life.

  12. Paul krumholz and family

    Our sympathies and prayers to you and family!

  13. Sue Lund

    My sincere condolences to the entire Duellman Family. He was great friend to Dave and me. He was a great support when Dave was at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee.
    May he Rest In Peace! May Perpetual Light shine upon him.

  14. Dennis and Claire Waters

    Dear Duellman Family,

    Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Bob. He was a wonderful man who would come to visit my father, Jerry,after his stroke. Bob continue to visit my mother, Lorraine, after Dad passed away. He always held a special spot in our hearts. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

  15. Peg Baumgartner, Arcadia

    I remember when I first started teaching at GET, his classroom was next to mine. I so enjoyed speaking to him each and every day. My girls all took driver’s ed with him and always came home with interesting stories of the history of Arcadia. Such a great man and he will be missed.

  16. Gayda Hollnagel

    Dear Carol and Duellman family,
    I was saddened to learn of Robert’s death. He was such a special person and so caring of others. I will always gratefully remember his loving visits to his stepmom Ella Duellman (my aunt). He would take a break from his driving lessons and stop in at her La Crosse home with a burger and fries or other treat. They would eat, play a few hands of euchre, have a few laughs and then he would be on his way. She always loved his visits and always appreciated all of the Duellman family. She truly always felt part of it and looked forward to seeing all of you. Sincerely, Gayda Hollnagel.



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