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Robert J. Trocke, 82

Robert John Trocke, age 82, of Dassel, formerly of Plato, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at his home.

He was born May 3, 1935, in Hamburg, the son of John and Emilie “Millie” (Harjes) Trocke. Robert grew up in Hamburg, and later Plato, graduating from Glencoe High School in 1954.

He continued his education by attending the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

Robert was baptized May 17, 1936, in Hamburg; and confirmed in 1950, at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. He was an active member and servant of his church.

Robert was also a charter member of Babbitt Lutheran Church, served on the church council of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato, and presently was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Robert was also an involved and respected member of the community. He was a member of the Plato Fire Department for 20 years, and a charter member of the Plato Lion’s Club, receiving the Melvin Fellow award.

Robert served his country with the United States Army, entering service May 18, 1955, in a missile battery division, the War Hawks. He received an honorable discharge from the army April 30th, 1957.

Robert was united in marriage to Karen Kamps Oct. 22, 1960, at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington. The couple made their home in Babbitt from 1960 through 1965.

In 1965, they moved to Plato, where Robert and his father, John, owned and operated Trocke’s Painting Service. Bob established the Painting Service as a respected business sought after by many businesses and individuals throughout the area.

Upon retiring in 2000, Robert and Karen moved to Dassel, where they made their home on the shores of Big Swan Lake.

Robert was devoted to his family and spending time with them by going on many family vacations, celebrating holidays, birthdays and just about any other family event. He loved outdoor family activities – it could be a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters, camping throughout the United States, walleye fishing, or just sitting by a campfire with his family.

When he was not outdoors, you could find him solving crossword puzzles, playing sheepshead, or listening to old time polka music.

Robert was a private man, who enjoyed times with his family and close friends.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Trocke of Dassel; children Linda Trocke of Eagan, Robert Jr. (Sandy) Trocke of Arizona, Cynthia (Al) Stipek of Waconia, and Timothy (Janell) Trocke of Dassel; five grandchildren: Sarah Trocke, Jordan Stipek, Maria Stipek, Emily Trocke, and Elizabeth Trocke; and siblings Harold (Shirley) Trocke of Eden Prairie, Shirley (Jim) Hughes of Apple Valley, and Allen (Pat) Trocke of Glencoe.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, John and Emilie Trocke.

A private family service took place at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Dassel, with interment at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Plato.

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