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Robert P. Yost

May 1, 2018
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Robert Peter Yost, age 90, passed away May 1, 2018.  He was born on the family farm just outside of Neenah, on May 1, 1928.

After attending Oshkosh High School, Bob went to work at the Neenah Foundry, until his retirement almost 50 years later, ending his career in the sales department. Since then he has kept his Foundry ties by helping to organize the regularly held retirement breakfasts.

The day after his retirement, nearly 30 years ago, Bob and a friend started the Care-A-Van Volunteer Shuttle Service at Theda Clark Hospital, where he still drove twice a month.

Early on Bob learned to play the trumpet and he played in his first polka band at the age of 13. Several years later he and his wife, Millie, started their own polka band, Bob Yost Orchestra, which they had for 45 years. Their music was enjoyed by generations from Neenah and surrounding areas. Their band played regularly at Raveno Ballroom, Germania's and other halls where weddings, 25th wedding celebrations, and other events were held. During those years he also played in the Oshkosh Civic Band and held various offices in the local Musicians Union for many years.

Bob was a Charter Member and a Commander in the 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus Council 5514, and still served as Financial Secretary of that council, a position he held for almost 50 years.  Bob was named Council Knight of the Month twice and he and Millie were named Family of the Month five times since 2007. He also won state Medallion Award at large. Bob proudly welcomed home many Glory Honor Flights in his position on the honor guard.

Bob was a 44 year member of the Neenah Menasha Elks Lodge 676. He served as Exalted Ruler and was awarded the Officer of the Year in 2012 and Elk of the Year in 2013. He was the chairperson of the Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot, and Veteran Service Committees for many years.  Bob worked tirelessly for the veterans at King, traveling there several times a year to deliver wheelchair gloves collected by the Elks and other needed supplies. Bob and Millie were active in the Wisconsin Elks Association "State Major Project," Camp Waubeek, for over 30 years. They also served on the Elks Grand Lodge Hospitality Committee, making sure that Elk members across Wisconsin enjoyed the National Convention.

Bob was a Charter member at St. Gabriels, where he served in various capacities at the church, especially the Round-up picnics held for many years.

Bob is survived by his daughter Catherine (Tony) Rogowski, five grandchildren: Cory (Luke) Thomas; Matthew (Wendy); Ben; Nick; and Kelsey Rogowski, one great grandchild, Drew Rogowski, and sisters: Dolores Kantorski; Carol Kelly; and Dianne Ferris, and beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Millie (Wrasse) Yost, and two sisters: Arline Zimmer; and Evelyn Levick.

The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at ST. GABRIEL PARISH, 900 Geiger St, Neenah, WI 54956, with Fr. Richard Allen officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at Kessler Funeral Home on Friday, May 11, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, at the church, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A time of family reflection will precede the funeral mass at 9:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Camp Waubeek, Easter Seals Wisconsin, 8001 Excelsior Dr, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53717 or Camp Kudzu, 5885 Glenridge Dr., Suite 160, Atlanta, GA 30328.

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