Robert (Bob) Paul Scheidecker, age 77, died on Saturday, February 24, 2019 surrounded by his family. Bob was born on July 8, 1941 to Carl and Avilda (Erickson) Scheidecker and lived on a dairy farm in rural Colfax. After high school, Bob took over the family farm. On June 1, 1963, he married Janice Anderson. Together they had three daughters. They later divorced. On February 14, 1994, he married Cindy Anderson, who had three sons.
After farming for more than 25 years, Bob started a pit pumping business Scheidecker Pit pumping with his brother, Rolland Scheidecker, they later branched out to 2 separate businesses. After selling BS Pit Pumping, Bob drove dump truck for Todd’s Ready Mix. After retiring, Bob went to work part-time hauling manure for Scheidecker Pit Pumping, Sundstrum Pit Pumping and Five-Star Dairy.
Bob enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing Blackjack at the casino, raising Dachshunds and playing cards. You could always tell if he was winning at cards by hearing his loud, infectious laugh. Bob also enjoyed watching the Badgers, Packers, Bucks and Brewers as well as the Twins and Timberwolves. He will be remembered for being a very giving, generous person. He was always there if someone needed a hand.
Bob was most passionate about tractor pulling. In fact, he was instrumental in growing the popularity of the sport in Wisconsin and the Midwest in the 70s and 80s. Although he started by pulling farm stock tractors, he quickly moved into the modified division using his mechanical skills to design and build multiple pulling tractors from the ground up. This tractor pulling fever has been passed on to his grandsons, Blaine and Andrew Asleson. He will be most remembered for creating the “Piston Packin’ Mama”–a modified pulling tractor using a 2,000 horse power V-12 Allison engine used in World War II airplanes and PT-boats.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard and Rolland, sister Allene, and stepson, Nick Anderson.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Cindy; daughters, Tami (Dave) Dutton, Renee Wininger, and Michele Scheidecker; stepsons, Patrick (Kristi) Anderson and Jacob (Kandice) Anderson; and six grandchildren, Blaine and Andrew Asleson, Mariah Dutton, Brendon Grunseth, Emma Anderson, and Olivar Anderson, also his four-legged companion that stayed with him until the end, Brandy.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 E. Railroad Ave. Colfax, WI. A celebration of life service will follow at 7 p.m.
We would like to thank Lakeview Medical Center Hospice for their loving and compassionate care for Bob and the family.