Robert “Bob” Von Essen, age 85 of St. Peter, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 5, 2017, surrounded by family.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The burial will take place at Greenhill Cemetery in St. Peter. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bob was born July 14, 1931 to Herman and Edna Von Essen. He married Betty Strand February 4, 1956.
Bob was always busy working. He was a milkman for Wettergren Dairy while in high school, then his senior year he was drafted into the Army National Guard. He owned Texaco Gas Station towing and repair. He then went on to open Von Essen Towing and Service until his retirement. He was an avid race car driver. He also enjoyed working on all of his woodworking projects both for the house and his yard. He loved putting up his holiday decorations for everyone to enjoy.
Bob is survived by children, Brad (Julie) Von Essen, Vickie Stocker (fiancée Chris Lokker), Brian Von Essen (special friend Diana Jaeger); son-in-law, Tim Iten; brother, Ken (Norma) Von Essen; sisters-in-law, Arlene (Duane) Peterson, Beverly (Jerry) Blaschko, Esther Von Essen; grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Jason, Eric, Samantha, Teresa, Michael, Jessica, Shannon, Becky, and Chad. He was also blessed with many great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife, Betty; daughter, Cathy Iten; brother, Clyde Von Essen; and son-in-law, Allan Stocker.