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Robert Hammer, 88

Robert “Bob” Hammer, age 88, of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, with family at his bedside.

He was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Lake Henry, MN, the son of Alois and Margaret (Stockard) Hammer. Robert was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at Church of St. Margaret in Lake Henry.

Bob grew up on a farm at Lake Henry, where he received his education at a country school.

He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Brulla Dec. 29, 1955, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. This marriage was blessed with five children, Rick, Sue, Gary, Sandy, and Tom.

Bob and Mary made their home in Hutchinson, and shared 63 years of marriage.

Bob was employed with Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing in Hutchinson for 36 years, before retiring in 1991.

He attended St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson for 63 years.

An amazing woodworker, Bob enjoyed making wooden toys. He loved to garden and fish, and could fix anything.

Bob enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When he needed assistance with his daily care, Bob became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, May 6, 2019.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Hammer of Hutchinson; children, Sue Becker and her husband, Mike, Gary Hammer and his wife, Stacy, all of Hutchinson, and Tom Hammer and his wife, Beth, of Howard Lake; grandchildren, John Hammer and his wife, Kelsey, Jeff Hammer and his fiancée, Erin, Katie Hammer and her boyfriend, Reed, Brittney Swenson and her husband, Zak, Lauren Schloeder and her husband, Nick, and Stephanie Schmitt; step-grandchildren, Tommy Horn and Ellie Horn; and great-grandchildren, Quinn Swenson, Brooke Swenson, Kolton Schmitt, and expected great-grandchild of John and Kelsey.

He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Flo Hammer of Richmond; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Margaret Hammer; son, Rick Hammer; daughter, Sandra Erickson; sister Eileen Norton and her husband, William; and brother, Kenneth Hammer.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the church cemetery. Father Paul Wolf officiated, and Bev Wangerin was the organist. Song leader was Bobbi Ludewig. Special music included “Amazing Grace,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Be Not Afraid,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Song of Farewell,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”

Sue Becker was the urn bearer. Bob’s grandchildren John Hammer, Jeff Hammer, Katie Hammer, Brittney Swenson, Lauren Schloeder, and Stephanie Schmitt were honorary urn bearers.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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