WEST SALEM — Robert G. Indahl, 81, of West Salem passed away Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. He went peacefully at home with the scent of fresh baked cookies filling the house and his wife’s, daughter’s, and granddaughter’s voices in the air.
He was born in the summer of 1936, to Harry and Blanche (Osbourne) Indahl and often told fond memories of growing up on the farm. He graduated from West Salem High School in 1954 and entered the Wisconsin National Guard, where he served until 1962.
In August of 1964, he married Karen (Koll) Indahl and so began the adventure of their lives together. Having four daughters and one son made his life full, but he still found time for his many passions. He was fond of photography and art, returning to Western Technical College and earning a degree in commercial arts in 1992, he was often pestered by his children and later grandchildren, to draw pictures for them. He enjoyed camping and aviation, for a time holding his pilot’s license and part ownership in a plane. He liked to be prepared for anything and was known to carry more gadgets and tools in his pockets than seemed possible. He sang in barbershop quartets and in the church choir. He was very active in the church and on the school board and was a long-time member of the American Legion.
Maybe most importantly, over the years, Robert and Karen opened their home and hearts to numerous foster children, both official and unofficial. From babies dropped off wearing only diapers to their children’s friends. Many, many called them Mom and Dad. Robert was a man of patience and kindness and will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Karen (Koll); daughters, Sarah (Joseph) Avampato, Rachel Indahl, Naomi (Derek) Olson and Rebecca Indahl; and his grandchildren, Ashley, Alexandria, Nicholas, Chloe, Fayth, and Infinity.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pauline Ardel (Delbert) Wiltsie and Joyce (Leonard) Hemker; and his son, Joseph.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Jostad Chapel, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem. Pastor Wassermann will officiate. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service both at the funeral home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, those interested make a donation to an American Legion Building Fund or a charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.