BioA: Lulloff, Bob & Anita (Golden - 2010)
Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI
June 16, 2010, Page 6
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Bob and Anita Lulloff
A Celebration of Love…June 18
Bob and Anita were brought together in marriage in the original United Church of Christ church at 4:00 p.m. on June 18, 1960. This began their 50 year journey with six children traveling to the celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They had a big job cut out for them when they blended their families. And, while there were ups and downs as in all families, they saw each of us off in our own life’s journeys. An amazing feat in that day and age, but not one of us moved "home" after leaving - not because we didn’t feel welcome, rather that they raised us to be self confident and self sufficient.
Bob and Anita, (as most people know them), have lived in Neillsville, Wisconsin for all of their married years and some before then…in several houses and a few camping trailers! When they did get away, it was with all of us "packed into a station wagon." And, many times, it was just a Sunday drive when we’d head off to who knew where. Later in their lives, they enjoyed mini-vacations flying to and from various places in the upper mid-west with Bob as the private pilot and Anita as "navigator" or short trips in the MG.
Bob worked for WCCN Radio for many years, as well as writing news for several papers, served his community as coroner and mayor for a very long time. Anita worked as a "great cook" and waitress in Quicker’s Dairy Bar across from WCCN. She was always the one who kept everything running smooth and watched over the six children, but it was both of them that made the diverse "blended family" all work. They always made sure that we had what we needed as their very hard work ethic saw to that.
Together Bob and Anita owned the local Sears Store, which they operated until semi-retirement. They continue to serve the community doing volunteer work with local civic organizations, their church, hospital and their neighbors.
The children of Bob and Anita Lulloff wish to recognize their parents on this special occasion for providing them with great love and care. Kathy, Randy, Tom, Mike, Ron and Jerry share their thoughts and memories………….
"Christmas was always special, remembering the anticipation of waiting for dad to come home from the early morning sign-on at the radio station on Christmas morning and he’d want breakfast before we opened gifts! The family vacations were great times when Bob and Anita went the extra mile to make sure we all had a fun experience, even with the long rides in the car and battling some car sickness. So many memories that I treasure and enjoy and sharing with my daughters and granddaughters."
"My parents took me on some wonderful vacations while I was growing up. I remember my parents using coal to heat the house we lived in on Hewett Street."
"I fondly remember the support that they gave me to raising the boys with the influence of the Boy Scouts and the moral and Christian lessons that have carried through to adulthood. And, Anita was one of the first Camp Fire Girl leaders when it began in Neillsville."
"The love they raised us with will never be able to be repaid. But let us just say that we love you both with all our hearts. You (Mom and Dad) deserve much more than anyone could give. Thank you for your many years of love and devotion. We love you. Our love and respect will never fade."
"They have been models for our work ethic. In hind sight, we all may not have realized at the time, the many challenges ‘Bob and Anita’ faced and what they really provided for our family. On the light side, so many jokes and laughs and great times."
"Memories … just a few of many … camping and boating at Hatfield and Rock Dam; helping at the Sears store with spring open house, lawn mower demos, and deliveries; car shows, old car club and airplane rides; and just being with the ‘folks’ during good and bad times."
We can not pick any one quality to describe you. Both of you are just great parents and great people. As you continue your journey in life, may God be by your side with each and every footstep.
Love from "your kids"
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