Robert (Bob) Thomas Rundquist, 98, Kenyon
Robert (Bob) Thomas Rundquist passed away Jan. 26, 2019 at his residence at Gunderson Gardens in Kenyon.
He was born Oct. 25, 1921 to Edna (Thomas) and Alvin Rundquist. For the past 68 years, he resided in the farm house in which he was born, having moved to Kenyon in November 2018.
Bob graduated West Concord High School, a member of the class of 1939. In September 1940, Bob and Eulah Kline were married. He was a cheesemaker for NANSEN before being called to proudly serve his country from January 1945 through August 1946. Bob was a WWII Army Tech Sergeant stationed on the island of Saipan. His service was recognized in May 2012 when he was presented the Saipan Commemorative Medallion.
During his formative years, he developed a love for farming by spending time on the Oscar Rundquist farm near Big Lake and the J. E. Thomas farm near West Concord. He then took over his uncle Grover Fraley’s Ellington Township dairy farm in Dodge County.
Bob was an avid historian of his beloved West Concord. Bob and Eulah were part of the group who were instrumental in saving the West Concord School for the establishment of the West Concord Historical Society. In 2003, he was named West Concord Citizen of the Year. Bob was inducted into the 2013 Triton Athletic Hall of Fame for being a loyal fan. He was also a 61-year member of the American Legion, Langemo Post 295.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Eulah in 1995; parents Edna and Alvin; brothers Royce, Gerald (Shirley), Alan (Jeannine); sisters Mary (Stanley) Baker, Betty (Clayton) Osborn; nephew Steven Rundquist and grandson Kent Rundquist.
Bob is survived by children Bob, Jr. (Nancy) Rundquist of Pine Island, Barb (David) Hvitved of Owatonna, Sharon (Frank) Hodgman of Claremont, Jim (Deb) Rundquist of Rochester, Susan Paulson of West Concord and Brad Paulson of West Concord; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Cheri (Royce) Rundquist of Red Wing and many nieces, nephews and friends.
An anatomical bequest for education was made to the Mayo Clinic. A remembrance and celebration gathering will be held Saturday, Feb.9, 2019 at Faith Community Church, 305 State Street, West Concord from 2 to 5 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be a short tribute program.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s honor are preferred to one of the following: West Concord Historical Society, West Concord Firemen’s Relief Association, Mayo Clinic Department of Development or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kasson assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.