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Robert A. Englin, 72

Robert Albert Englin, age 72, of Alexandria, formerly of Waverly, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 17, 1940, in Duluth, the son of Albert and Genevieve (Paulson) Englin. Robert was baptized and confirmed at Sveadahl Lutheran Church in St. James.

He was united in marriage to Joan Dado Aug. 24, 1960. The couple was blessed with five children.

The family lived in Waverly, and Robert worked on the road as a maintenance worker for Sterner Industries in Winsted, and also worked for the St. Peter Creamery.

The family then moved to South Dakota for seven years to work at the Lake Norden Creamery, and in 1990, they moved to Alexandria, where Robert continued working as a maintenance worker for Northern Food and Dairy, now Sun Opta. He retired in 2005.

After retirement, Robert became even busier, welding and fixing equipment for farmers, or anyone else that had a project – the more challenging it was, the more he enjoyed it.

Robert also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching sports. He loved being with his grandchildren, and he always seemed to have chocolate for them.

Robert will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, of Alexandria; daughters, Victoria Englin, Shirley Englin, both of Alexandria, and Jennifer Englin of Willmar; son, Jeffrey (Brenda) Englin of Rushville, NY; son-in-law Robert Meredith of Monticello; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Genevieve; and a daughter, Michelle (Englin) Meredith.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria, with the Rev. Dennis Angland officiating. Music was provided by Kristi Wussow.

Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.