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Robert William Senkyr

Robert William Senkyr, age 72, of rural Silver Lake and formerly of Waverly and Minneapolis, died Friday evening, Feb. 4, 2005 at Hutchinson Area Health Care.

He was born Feb. 19, 1932 in New Prague, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Kadrilik Senkyr.

Robert honorably served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Robert and Guadalupe Rodriguez were joined in holy marriage May 11, 1957 in Mason City, Iowa. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Bob was formerly employed for many years as a commercial spray painter.

He was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Waverly.

Bob is survived by his fiancee and best friend, Billie Arnold; children: William Joseph (Susan) Senkyr, Robert William (Veronica) Senkyr Jr., Elizabeth (Grant) Benson, Starr (Thomas) van Keuren, and Alycia Senkyr; grandchildren: Joey, Lenny, Kenny, Paul, and Pam; Robbie and Jessica; Christopher, Nicholas, Ryan, Lauren and Natalie; Tyler and David; and Michael and Matthew; and grandsons on loan: Stefan; Adam and James.

He is further survived by great- grandchildren: Sophia; Chelsie, Ben and Kyle; Carlos and Jaimeson; and Pablo, Malia & Nina; sisters Dorothy Witt and Lorraine Neisen; and other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by beloved wife Guadalupe Senkyr on Sept. 7, 2000; his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Senkyr; brothers George and Joseph; and sisters Marie Brokl and Lucille Tuma.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Father Robert J. Mraz was the principal concelebrant. Interment with military rites followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Mae Wannarka was the organist for the Mass. Special music was provided by Danny Totushek.

A family visitation took place Wednesday evening, Feb. 9, at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Further visitation continued at the church Thursday morning, Feb. 10, one hour prior to Mass.

Honorary casket bearer was Tyler van Keuren.

Casket bearers were Joey Senkyr, Robbie Senkyr, Michael Green, Christopher Vail, Nichols Vail, and Ryan Vail.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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