Elvin J. Vobr, 79, of Ridgeway, died Thursday, Sept 5, 2013, at Wellington Place in Decorah. Funeral services are Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco. Interment follows in Bohemian National Cemetery, Protivin. Visitation is Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco. Honorary casket bearers are his grandchildren; his children will be casketbearers.

Elvin was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Cresco, to Charles and Mildred (Mertl) Vobr. He married Dolores Huhe June 19, 1954, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. As a young man Elvin took an interest in welding and in 1959 established his own welding shop "Vobr Welding and Machine" in Ridgeway. He frequently took items he made from re-rod such as shepherd hooks, and other lawn ornament items to swap meets and flea markets, where he also sold welding supplies. You could always hear polka music on the radio when in his shop. He never retired from welding and was welding up until he suffered a stroke Aug. 19.

Elvin enjoyed visiting with people that would stop by his swap meet booth and everyplace he went he was always seen with his William Penn Perfecto cigars; if he wasn't smoking it, then he was chewing on it. He was an avid hunter; having taken trips antelope hunting in Wyoming. Many times he went to Lake Superior for smelt and salmon fishing. For over 50 years Elvin was an active member of the Ridgeway Fire Department. Elvin will be remembered for his quote "The only thing free in the world is advice, and therefore advice is worth nothing."

Elvin is survived by his wife, Dolores Vobr of Ridgeway; six children: Maggie (Bob) Hlubek of Ridgeway, Judy (Calvin) Spalla of Bluffton, Charles Vobr of Ridgeway, Jim "Chico" (Annette) Vobr of Ridgeway, Jeff (Jeni) Vobr of Decorah and Mark (special friend Brandi) Vobr of Ramsey, Minn.; eight grandchildren; six step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; three siblilngs: Lillian Maroushek of Hastings, Minn., Ray (Nora) Vobr of Cresco and Johnie (Carol) Vobr of Cresco.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents, and two siblings: Ed Vobr and Viola Doubek; and his uncle, Frank Vobr, who died in 1959.