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Robert E. Stuewe, 85

Robert E. Stuewe, age 85, of Cologne, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at his home.

He was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Cologne, the son of Robert and Marie (Rolf) Stuewe. Robert was baptized Sept. 27, 1925, at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne by the Rev. Herman AmEnd; and confirmed April 2, 1939, by the same.

Robert was united in marriage to Marian ZumBerge July 2, 1949, at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne by the Rev. R.W. Rottmann.

Bob farmed his entire life in Cologne on the land that he treasured.

He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1944 through 1950.

Sports were an activity that Bob thoroughly enjoyed, and he enjoyed watching the Vikings, Gophers, and Twins. Long drives through the countryside with Marian, and watching the birds brought much happiness to him.

Bob served on the founding committee for Mayer Lutheran High School, and on the board of directors for many years. He also served on the Benton Township Community Chest for a period of time. He sang with the men’s chorus, was active as an elder, and held various leadership positions at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert; mother Marie; step-mother Minna; brothers and sisters-in-law Edgar and Edna Stuewe, Marvin and Vera Stuewe, Howard and Esther Stuewe, and Harold Stuewe; sisters and brother-in-law Edna and Harold Hill, and Esther Stuewe; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Gertrude ZumBerge; and sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Virginia and Clarence Harms, and Henry ZumBerge.

Bob dearly loved his wife, Marian, of 61 years; his four sons, and enjoyed his grandchildren. His gentle spirit and soft spoken and meaningful words will be missed.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Marian; sons and daughters-in-law Robert and Lynn Stuewe of LeSueur, Thomas and Deb Stuewe of Norwood, Paul and Sue Stuewe of Cologne, and William and Tracy Stuewe of St. Peter; grandchildren Matt Stuewe, Kate Stuewe, Joe Stuewe, Emily Stuewe, Daniel Stuewe, Clare Stuewe, Rachel Stuewe, Sam Stuewe and Ben Stuewe; sisters-in-law Norma Stuewe of Belle Plaine, and Joyce Harms of Cologne; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, Cologne, with the Rev. Eric Zacharias officiating. Visitation was from noon until the time of the service. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Robert’s grandchildren were his casket bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.