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Robert E. Lashbrook 1926-2013

October 22, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Robert E. Lashbrook of Emmetsburg was held Monday, Oct. 21, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Kim Peterson officiated.

Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Robert "Bob" Eugene Lashbrook was born Feb. 18, 1926 to Kathryn (Burtis) and Jess E. Lashbrook. The Lashbrook family lived in Algona, where Bob attended public school. He was a Boy Scout and enjoyed fishing with his dad at the Des Moines River. Bob graduated from Algona High School in May, 1944.

On Aug. 17, 1944, he reported for duty with the U.S. Navy. Bob was discharged on June 17, 1946 and returned to Algona where he worked for Weidenhoff (now Snap-On Tools).

Bob met and dated Maxine Peterson. On April 23, 1950, they were married at First Lutheran Church in Algona. Though Bob attended Minneapolis's Dunwoody Institute's program for lithographic printing, the young couple moved back to Algona and Bob started work at Hood's Super Valu where he was taught meat-cutting by Billy Hood.

In 1955, Bob and Maxine moved to Emmetsburg where Bob was the Meat Department manager for Ted's Super Valu. He enjoyed serving and getting to know the people of Emmetsburg. In 1977, he became part of the meat- cutting team at Fareway in Spencer. In 1979, Joe Joyce asked Bob to work as the main Meat Department manager for his Joyce's Food Stores After about 41 years of meat-cutting and meat department management, Bob retired April 4, 1991.

Bob and Maxine travelled to the Bahamas, Arizona, Texas, and the northeaster U.S. states during their retirement together. Bob loved golf and played on both the men's and couple's leagues at the Emmetsburg Country Club.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Fae Lashbrook Bode; two brothers, Harlan and Carroll Lashbrook; five sisters-in-law, and six brothers-in-law.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maxine; daughter, Laurie of Burnsville, MN; son, Jim of Casper, WY; and the many customers and friends he made while living and/or working in Emmetsburg, Algona, and Spencer.

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