Robert “Bob” Leonard Farrell, age 81, of Waconia, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Community (41 E. First St.) in Waconia, with Fr. Stan Mader as celebrant for the Mass. The urn bearer will be Timothy Niccum. Interment will be at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with military honors provided by Waconia American Legion Post 150.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Robert was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Minneapolis, to Leonard and Alice (Moore) Farrell.
He was united in marriage to Charlotte Peitz Oct. 19, 1963, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia. This union of 56 years was blessed with five children.
Bob grew up farming with his parents in the Belle Plaine and St. Thomas areas. He loved showing his state grand champion sheep at the state fair for many years.
Bob served six years in the Army/Army Reserves.
He worked for Bachman’s, on the landscaping team, for 20 years; and 20 more years as a custodian at Waconia High School. Bob ran a successful landscaping/lawn service business for 25 years.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, and had served as an usher at St. Joseph’s for many years.
A kind, generous man, Bob was always willing to help others before himself. He had a love for his horses and ponies. Everytime his loved ones hear a polka song, there will be a tear and a smile.
Bob will be deeply missed by his wife, Charlotte; and his children and grandchildren, who made his life so happy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Alice Farrell; father-in-law and mother-in-law Frank and Lena Peitz; an infant brother; and brothers-in-law Richard Peitz, Leonard Peitz, and Ray Steinhagen.
Bob is survived by his loving family: wife Charlotte Farrell of Waconia; children Cindy (Dennis) Niccum of Chaska, Dave (Kelly) Farrell, Donna (Bill) Hughes, all of Waconia, Mike (Sarah) Farrell of Norwood Young America, and Robyn (Jon) Peterman of New Germany; grandchildren Timothy Niccum, Samantha (Brett) Fahey, Bailey Farrell and special friend Breck Raymond, Jordan Farrell, Maddie Farrell and special friend Mac Liu, Nick Hughes, Morgan Hughes, Cassidy Hughes, Kyle Hughes, Stella Peterman, Carter Peterman; and great-grandchild Zander Fahey.
He is further survived by a brother, Ken (Marge) Farrell of Glencoe; sister Marilyn (John) Sexton of Shakopee; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ray and Rosie Peitz of Chanhassen, Tom and Pat Peitz, Molly Steinhagen, Dolly and Jim Goetz, and Ardis Peitz, all of Waconia; and lots of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.