Robert “Bob” Pinske, age 85, of Ulen, MN, formerly Gary, MN, died on Wednesday, March 18 at Viking Manor Nursing Home.
Robert Pinske was born December 8, 1934, to Otto and Elsie (Lietzau) Pinske on their family farm in Wild Rice Township, Gary, MN. He was baptized and confirmed his faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Strand Township. As a young boy, Robert attended country school in Wild Wood District 28 and later graduated from Twin Valley Highschool in 1952. Shortly after graduation, Robert enlisted in the United States Army where he became a large equipment mechanic. After his honorable discharge, Robert came home and was the third generation to take over the Oak Grove family farm. On March 4, 1961, Robert was united in marriage to Judy Knutson at Calvary Lutheran Church in Ulen. They were later blessed with three children, Julie, Shelly, and Alan. Working together every day, they made their home on the farm raising cattle and crops.
Robert was known to be a very hard worker, even though he would say that he has never worked a day in his life. His enjoyment of the outdoors made farming the perfect job for him. Being a mechanic was also a lifelong passion. He would often be found tinkering on a piece of equipment and making it look new again in a few short months. He was always there to help a family member, friend, or neighbor when needed. Robert enjoyed fishing in Canada, spearing northern pike in the winter, and deer hunting in the fall. Over the years, he also spent a lot of time cutting logs sawing lumber and making firewood. One of his favorite memories was his dream vacation for him and his family on an Alaskan cruise in 2016. He loved talking about this trip to anyone who would listen. Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Twin Valley and he also spent several years serving on the church council. In October of 2019, they moved to Northern Lights Assisted Living in Ulen and recently entered the nursing home. Robert will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Robert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy; his three children: Julie (Jeff) Larghe of Perham, MN Shelly (Ernie) Moe of Ghent, MN, and Alan (Darci) Pinske of Twin Valley, MN, and; eight grandchildren, Bobbie Jo (Todd) Berndt, Justin (Stefany) Moe, Jacob (fiancé, Dylynn) Moe, Robert Moe, Ashley Pinske, Jasmyne Nadgwick, Jayden Nadgwick, and Drew Pinske; five great-grandchildren, Dylan Berndt, McKane Berndt, Jaylen Garrett, Harrison, and Olivia Moe; one brother, Roy (Helen) Pinske and one sister, Bernice Grossman. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Elsie; one sister, Betty; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
A time of gathering will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, beginning at 1:00 p.m. until the Memorial Service beginning at 3:00 p.m. all at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley.
Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley.
Online Tribute: www.andrsonfamilyfh.com