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Robert W. Theisen, 79

Robert W. Theisen, age 79, of Waverly, peacefully passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

Bob was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Franklin Township, Delano. Baptism, first communion, confirmation, and marriage all took place at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano.

Bob established a successful business, and continued operating equipment all of his life. He had a creative spirit and took pride in quality workmanship in all that he did. Blessing others with his handmade gifts brought joy to his heart.

Fishing and hunting were among many outdoor activities he enjoyed. Sharing moments of laughter and sentiment with family and friends came naturally to him. If there was fun to be had, Bob found it. His strong faith carried him through many difficult and happy times throughout his life.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Bea Theisen of Waverly; daughters Jeanelle (Jon) Kinches of Delano, Deb (Dale) Gatz of Winsted, Penny Theisen Friede of Waverly, and Chantelle Butcher of Delano; a son, Randy (Marie) Theisen of Delano; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by a sister, Lucille Giese of Buffalo; and brothers Francis (Sadie) Theisen of Delano, Kenny Theisen of Waverly, Harold (Kate) Theisen of Watertown, and Lloyd (Jane) Theisen of Montrose.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Irene Theisen, of Delano; a son, Richard (Kim) and their daughter, Robyn Theisen of Plymouth; a brother, George Theisen of Watertown; and sisters Evelyn Socher of Delano, and Jeannette Meehan of New Hope.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, preceded by visitation starting at 8 a.m.