Robert E. Cable
Robert E. Cable, 80, Stevens Point, a retired Soo Line
Railroad engineer, died at his home Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, while under the care
of his family, special caregiver, Inetta Posey, and Ministry Hospice after
being diagnosed in early December with a brain tumor.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21,
at Boston Funeral Home, with Pastor Doug Schneider officiating. Interment will
be at McDill Cemetery in Whiting.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20, and again from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice
or to the “Friends of 2713 Engine,” in care of the Community Foundation of
Central Wisconsin. The “Friends of 2713” is a nonprofit group dedicated to the
preservation of the railroad history of Stevens Point.
Condolences may be offered online at
Mr. Cable was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Stevens Point, a son of
the late Ward and Ethel (Harding) Cable. He lived his entire life in Stevens
Point. He was a 1955 graduate of P.J. Jacobs High School.
Following high school, he entered the U.S. Army and was
stationed at five different Army bases stateside until receiving an honorable
discharge in 1957.
Following in his family footsteps, he hired on with the Soo
Line Railroad in 1957 and retired as an engineer after nearly 40 years of
service. His early rail trips took him to northwestern Wisconsin, and later, from
Portage to the Twin Cities. He, together with his grandfather, Ira Cable, his
father, Ward Cable, and brother, Bill Cable, completed 100 consecutive years of
Cable family members working for the Soo Line Railroad.
He was married to Lois R. Holubetz of Wausau June 24, 1967, at
Immanuel Baptist Church.
He was a member of the Elks Club, the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers (BLE) and served many years on his class of 1955 high
school reunion committee.
After retirement, he and his wife spent winters at South
Padre Island, Texas, and Apache Junction, Arizona.
Their interest in antiquing led to them to start an antique
business, “Wezee’s Wonders” in Wisconsin Dells, where they focused on railroad
memorabilia and dairy collectibles and studied Portage County history and
collected local postcards.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Lois; one son,
Gregory (Angela) Cable, Sioux Falls, S.D.; one daughter, Jennifer (Mark
Ponczoch Sr.) Cable, Stevens Point; one brother, Richard Cable, Eau Claire; one
sister, Judy Cable Anderson, Stevens Point; two sisters-in-law, Virginia
(Fischer) Cable, Stevens Point, and Phyllis Holubetz, St. Cloud, Minn.; one brother-in-law,
Wayne (Julie Ostendorf) Holubetz, Pewaukee; and five grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, William Cable.