Roderick “Bob” Lee Morange, 87, of the town of Ringle, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 10, 2017 under the care of his loving daughters, granddaughter, and Ministry Hospice. He was born on August 16, 1930 to the late Theodore and Alyce (Lund) Morange in South Bend, Indiana.
Bob worked for his aunt’s business, Lund Floral Company, starting in his childhood for many years. After a move to Illinois, he worked for Motorola, in Schaumburg, as an electronics technician until his retirement in September of 1994. Bob taught ESL after he retired at the Elgin Public Library. He served in the U.S. Army during Korea and the Berlin Crisis. After his active time of service, he served in the Wisconsin National Guard. In May of 2012, Bob had the honor of attending the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Wausau where he enjoyed helping in the food pantry, and a member of the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association, serving on the board of directors as treasurer. Bob was a certified master gardener and spent time working in the gardens on his property, planting trees, and tending to his bees. He was an avid fisherman and admired nature, especially the birds and deer. Bob and his family always looked forward to their time together at the cottage in Sugar Camp that was built by his grandfather.
Survivors include his children, Linda, Alice, and Michael Morange; grandchildren, Dina (Bill) Mannaberg, Michael Chavira, James Morange, John Morange, and Christopher Morange; great-grandchildren, Michael Chavira Jr., Jesse Chavira, Olivia Mannaberg, Liam Mannaberg, and Avery Mannaberg; brother, Ted Morange; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Nimz (Morange); and great-granddaughter, Abigail Grace Mannaberg.
A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant Street, Wausau, with Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Burns Post 388.
You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.
Memorials may be designated to Ministry Home Care and Hospice. www.ascensionathome.com/ministry-home-care