Robert “Bob” Walter Dalchow, age 68, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.
He was born June 26, 1947, in Waconia, the son of Milfred and Gwendolyn (Clasen) Dalchow. Robert was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
After graduating from Waconia High School, Bob began his life-long career as an excavator for the family business.
When he wasn’t in the seat of some heavy equipment, he was in the seat of a saddle. He had a passion for horses and enjoyed showing, rodeo-ing, patiently training and caring for them. He helped many young riders become ropers, and strangers become friends in his outdoor horse arena.
Bob also enjoyed hunting, being outdoors, and playing cards. He was a dedicated member of the Carver County Fair Board for over 30 years, and was instrumental in making the horse shows the success they still are today.
Bob will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, abundant stories, and living a life true to himself. He was a proud father, adoring grandpa, and a loyal friend, who always made time to listen. He will be greatly missed.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Milfred Dalchow; and grandparents Emil and Louise Dalchow, and Walter and Christine Clasen.
He is survived by his loving family: sons and daughters-in-law Shawn and Jackie Dalchow of Mayer, and Jay and Jaime Dalchow of Belle Plaine; grandchildren Kiley and Morgan Dalchow, and Abby and Laney Dalchow; mother Gwen Dalchow of Mayer; and sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Wally Moonen of Waconia.
Bob is also survived by his long-time partner and beloved friend, Gina Sonaglia of Clearwater; her daughter, Katie; and grandsons Joe and Jacob; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
A memorial service took place Thursday, July 23 at 5 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Jeffrey Engholm officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation preceded the service, beginning at 3 p.m., at the church.
Serving as urn bearers were Ray Flygare, Dennis Jorgenson, and Dick Gebhardt.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.