Robert Shamla, 88

Robert “Bob” Francis Shamla, 88, of Silver Lake, MN, passed away at his residence Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

He was born at home May 12, 1934, in Silver Lake, the son of Frank Henry and Ann Marie (Lhotka) Shamla.

Bob attended St. Joseph Catholic School through the eighth grade, and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1952.

He married Valencia Penas at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake on Oct. 19, 1954. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Bob worked his business in Silver Lake, Shamla Oil Company, for over 40 years, purchasing it from his father, Frank, along with his brother Gerald, in the 70s. Always the entrepreneur, he expanded the business from fuel and tires to include snowmobiles, lawn mowers, chain saws, a feed store, and ultimately a convenience store. He also wrangled in real estate, developing “Silver Acres” and buying and improving multiple properties in town.

In 1965, Bob and Val built their dream home near Swan Lake, where he lived for the rest of his life. Here they raised their family, and spent time in the yard and garden growing fresh vegetables. Tomatoes were his favorite.

Bob’s passion for fishing and hunting was the fodder for many stories. He was a great storyteller, recalling his younger days with his buddies, and his later days with family and friends. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and listening to polka music. Bob loved spending time with his growing family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob was a 62-year member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1841 and a lifetime member of the Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Valencia “Val” Shamla; children, Lori (Frank) Kaczmarek, Lynne (Mark) Garbers, Julie (Randy) Vasek, Bruce (Nancy) Shamla, Joni (Dave Humlicek) Shamla, and Brad (Lauri) Shamla; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, Betty (Len) Stifter, Gerald (Florence) Shamla, Wayne (Janet) Shamla, Judi Hall, and Doug Shamla; in-laws, Jerome and Elaine Hemerick, Ron Penas, and Judy Penas; and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law; infant sister, Marian; twin infant grandsons; twin infant great-granddaughters; sisters-in-law, Barb Shamla and Jean Penas; brother-in-law, LeRoy Penas; and son-in-law, Rick Thiemann.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bob Shamla took place Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at 12 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Father Matthew Wiering was the celebrant. Inurnment took place at Holy Family Cemetery.

Visitation took place at the church Monday, Nov. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. A Knights of Columbus rosary was recited at 11:30 a.m.

Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake, assisted the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome.com

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