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Fett, Robert C.
Robert C. Fett, age 99, of Platteville, WI passed away in Fennimore, WI on December 25, 2019 after a brief illness due to complications from a fractured hip. Robert was born on April 30, 1920 in Cobb, WI the son of Henry and Martha (Brice) Fett and grew up in the Castle Rock area where his parents, both from immigrant German ancestors, farmed for many years. He met Marian, his wife of 53 years, when they were children in Castle Rock, and drove her along with other teenagers to Montfort High School in his father's 1930 Durant.
After high school, Robert farmed with his parents until he entered the US Army in 1943 during World War II. He joined the quartermaster corps of the famed guerrilla unit Merrills Mauraders that fought in Burma under General Stillwell. He loved telling stories about the unit's pack mules, one of who saved his life during a river crossing. When the war ended and after an epic train journey across India in 1945, when he contracted malaria, through the Suez canal, across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, he made his way back to Boscobel WI where he said a cricket sang him home at the train station.
After his marriage to Marian in 1947 he began to farm on his own with two white draft horses and a small tractor. Robert and Marian purchased their own farm in 1956 near Belmont, WI. They raised dairy cattle, hogs and chickens. Robert deeply believed in being a good steward of the land and the animals, and practiced and promoted traditional means of conservation - cover crops, strip cropping, crop rotation, no till. They lived and worked there for 34 years before retiring in Platteville, WI. For the next 10 years, Robert took Marian to Lake Havasua City, Arizona in the wintertime. They relished their lives as "Snowbirds". They also traveled to other parts of the US and visited Robert's ancestral home in Niederashe, Germany. After Marian died in 2000, Robert lived alone in their condo in Platteville for 17 years, making yearly visits to his two children in other states and hosting them in Platteville as well, and always nurturing a backyard garden every summer. When he was 97 years old he moved to Park Place in Platteville where he lived first in an apartment and then more recently in their assisted living section.
He was a wonderful storyteller and loved to gently poke fun. He was always a big reader, reading histories, biographies, and current political science. He was a great animal lover and animals returned the affection. Robert lived an exemplary life - hard working, fair, honest, considerate, curious, gracious, and with a good sense of humor.
Robert is survived by his two children, Pamela Marvel (partner-Stuart Littell) of Capay, CA and son Nick (Betsy) Fett of Seattle, WA and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was very loved and will be missed.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marian on Dec. 13, 2000, son-in-law Christopher Marvel, three sisters; Dorothy (Neil) Hulsether, Eleanor (Russell) Hanson, Irma (Nathan) Nelson, in-laws; Sidney (Marian) Nelson, Norman (Alice) Nelson, and Marjorie (Clyde) Wagner.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday morning January 2, 2020 at the Castle Rock Lutheran Church in Hickory Grove Township Grant County, WI with burial to follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Thursday morning. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort is assisting the family and online condolences may be made at www.larsonfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Robert's name to the conservation charity of your choice. The family thanks the staff of Park Place in Platteville and Divine Rehabilitation in Fennimore for their sensitive, kind care of Robert.