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Robert Francis Datta

Male 1918 - 2017  (98 years)


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  • Name Robert Francis Datta  [1
    Born 5 Oct 1918  Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Podiatrist in Winona, MN, now retired 
    Died 13 Sep 2017  Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Bob served as bomber pilot (B24) in the Pacific theater in WWII. He received a DPM from a School of Podiatry in Chicago and practiced in Winona MN until his retirement in 1993.

      Dr. Robert F. Datta, age 98, of Winona, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Winona Health, with family at his side.
      He was born in Winona on October 5, 1918, to Vincent and Esther (Schultz) Datta. Robert attended St. Thomas Grade School and Winona Senior High School, graduating in 1936. He started working at the age of 14 at Griesbach Shoe Repair, then later at Arenz and Steinbauer Shoe Stores where he met the love of his life, Elaine L. Eggen of Rushford, MN. They were married on August 18, 1941.
      In 1941, Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and was commissioned a pilot of the B-24 Liberator Bomber. He served in the South Pacific with the 494th Bomb Group, and stayed active in the Air Force Reserve until 1969. He retired after 27 years of service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1947, he enrolled at the Chicago College of Surgical Chiropody, and graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Podiatry degree. He began his practice in Winona in 1950, and retired in 1991, with the majority of those years at 310 Choate Building. 
      He was a member of the Kiwanis, Sierra Club, VFW, American Legion, the American Podiatry Association, and also served for 40 years on the Watkins Home Board.
      The most important things to him were his faith, family, country, the city of Winona, along with his work. A ride through Winona was always an intriguing and interesting history lesson. His interests were varied, but his joy for life and learning ran through them all. After retirement, he could usually be found in his garden, or in the garage fixing something with a piece of tape and a wire. An avid learner, he taught himself how to use a computer in his mid-80s, and was delighted with his first cell phone, both of which he enjoyed the last few years.
      Robert is survived by his children; grandchildren; sisters; sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine in 2016, after 75 years of marriage; son, Michael; parents; sister, Viola Turner; brother, Harold Datta; brothers-in-law: Jack Speltz, Rory Vose, Lyle Turner, Matt Eggen, Doug Eggen, John Eggen, and Al Eggen; and sister-in-law, Joan Eggen.
      In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that memorials be given to a veteran organization.
      Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the funeral service at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  The Reverend Paul J. Breza will officiate.
      Robert will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Cemetery in a private family ceremony.
      Online condolences or memories may be left at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
      Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. [3, 4]
    Person ID I12547  Mindrum
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2018 

    Father Vincent Joseph Datta,   d. Dec 
    Mother Esther Schultz,   d. Dec 
    Family ID F25991  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elaine Lavalle Eggen,   b. 9 May 1923, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 2016, Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1941  Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Michael Anthony Datta,   b. 31 Dec 1960,   d. 30 Dec 1979, Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
    Last Modified 19 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F8603  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S349] Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002, www.ancestry.com.

    2. [S882] Personal Knowledge, Douglas A. Eggen, [Q:3], Direct conversation with Dr Datta.

    3. [S8863] Robert Datta obituary, Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home, Winona, Minnesota.

    4. [S897] Douglas Eggen, Personal Knowlege.

    5. [S7945] Winona Republican-Herald, 18 Aug 1941.

    6. [S8574] Elaine Datta Obituary, http://www.watkowski-mulyck.com/notices/Elaine-Datta.