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Herbert J. “Herb” Rothbauer, 74, died Monday, March, 12, 2018, at his residence in the town of Howard.

Herb was born on March 20, 1943, on the family farm, a son of Joseph and Leona (Bohl) Rothbauer. He was raised on the family farm spending his working life farming where he enjoyed using his two-cylinder John Deere Tractors. Herb also had worked for Union Construction in Eau Claire for 7 years.

On August 21, 1970, Herb married Beverly Aspen at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley.

Herb was an avid hunter of deer and coyotes and was able to go hunting last month with his friends.

Herb is survived by his wife, Bev; two sons, Mark (Mandi) of Peyton CO, and Pat; grandchildren, Alex, Dalton, Dylan and Makenna; four brothers, Vernon (Jane), Daniel (Michelle), Donald (Darlene) and Edward (Nancy) Rothbauer; step-grandchildren, Tiffany, James (Ashley) and Lillian Rodney; step-great-grandchild, Maya Rodney; three sisters, Aleda (James) Frederick, Betty (Jim) Hawkes and Connie; special nephew, Nate. Herb is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David; and a sister, Ilene Geissler.

The family of Herb wished to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System, Home and Health Hospice for their care and assistance provided to Herb during his illness.

Private family services were held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Cooks Valley.

Sampson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at