Robert “Bob” Edwin Slaby, 80, died peacefully Wednesday, September 20, 2023 surrounded by his
family. He was born January 29, 1943 in Arcadia, WI to the late Edwin and Adeline (Waldera) Slaby. Bob
graduated from Independence High School with the class of 1961, He then proudly served in the US
Navy from 1961 to 1965. Bob married Jean Manka on May 30, 1966.
He spent most of his working career as a carpenter and home builder. He enjoyed spending his time
fishing on the pontoon boat with Jean during the summer, and loved to hunt in the fall for squirrels,
mushrooms, and deer. He had a true love for working on and restoring old tractors. Of course, John
Deere was the only kind of tractor for him. Bob was a proud and active member of the local American
Legion, he was especially proud of being part of the color guard firing squad.
Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years Jean; his children: Bobbi, Scott and Steve (Lisa); grandchildren: Val
(Rob) McCormick, John Olinger (Carol), and their boys Masyn and Makade, Jordan
and Scott Slaby, Rachel and Tessa Slaby; and great-grandchildren Camilla and Maverick McCormick.
He is also survived by his brother John (Jean) Slaby, his sister Ruth Sonsalla. his sisters-in-law Jane
Sosalla, Joyce Klimek and Kathy Manka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Adeline Slaby, and Jean’s parents, Lonnie and
Eleanore Manka, his brothers-in-law Wayne and Bob Manka, Ed Sosalla, Vince Klimek and Jim Sonsalla.
Mass of Christian Burial for Bob will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 21, 2023, at Holy Family
Catholic Parish in Arcadia. Family and friends are welcome for visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of
service at church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Arcadia. To express condolences to
his family online and for more information, please visit

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