Robert McCabe Jr., 73

Robert William “Bob” McCabe Jr., age 73, of Watertown, MN, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, at his ranch with family by his side.

A private memorial Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, with a public gathering of family and friends Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Services will be streamed via the ICC Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ICCWatertown.

Arrangements are by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Bob was born May 16, 1947, in Owatonna, MN, to Robert Sr. and Lee (Huttle) McCabe. He spent many years of his childhood growing up in Estherville and Le Mars, IA.

Bob graduated from Hopkins High School in 1965, where he was known as a high-scoring, “floppy haired” guard. Bob later went on to play basketball at the University of Minnesota. He also shared his father’s love of baseball, playing many years, including two years for the Watertown Red Devils.

Bob married his high school sweetheart, Ann Moore, in 1969. Because of a shared interest in horses, they bought land in Watertown, and there raised three boys, Michael, Ryan, and Dan.

Bob was best known for his painting and decorating business, where he took great pride in the finest of details for all of his customers. His son, Michael, joined him for 20-plus years and later took on the family business.

Another passion of Bob’s was raising Charolais cattle and Quarter horses. Most summers were spent baling hay and tending to his flowers.

Bob took pride in serving his country in the Army National Reserve, as a medic, for six years. He also served on the Minnesota and National Charolais boards, as well as the Minnesota Beef Council.

Bob’s greatest joy was being a “Papa” to his five grandchildren. He loved taking them on hiking “adventures” at the cabin, and later enjoyed attending all of their sporting events and activities. Papa was their number one fan, and always insisted on good manners and instilled in them the importance of a strong work ethic.

Bob was preceded in death by parents, Robert Sr. and Lee McCabe (Huttle).

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann M. (Moore); sons, Michael, Ryan (Sue), Dan (Lisa); five grandchildren, Patrick, Tommy, Wyatt, Maggie, Grace; sisters, Judy (Craig) Freeman, Nancy McCabe; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Allen) Agustsson, Elizabeth (Mark) LaVigne; and brother-in-law, Tom Moore.

Bob will be dearly missed but we know he is onto his last “great adventure!”

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