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July 6, 2020

6/15/2020 8:58:00 AM
Funeral for Bob Bakken held June 15 in Harmony

Robert "Bob" Bakken, age 72, of Harmony passed away Tuesday evening, June 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were held June 15, 2020 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, followed by burial in Greenfield Cemetery.
Bob Bakken was born Oct. 31, 1947 in Stewartville, to Orin and Betty (Long) Bakken. He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1965.
He and Bonnie Schrandt were married on July 1, 1972 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Early in his life he worked for Pepsi Cola as a delivery route driver, then had a Little Debbie franchise which also included working a delivery route. Later, he installed DeLaval and Surge Dairy equipment on local dairy farms. It was at this time he developed an interest in dairy operations and started his own dairy farm, which he and his wife had until 1992. His favorite occupation was working for Fillmore County as a dispatcher and jailer, which he worked from 1983 until retiring in 2010.
During retirement, Bob drove school bus and enjoyed hanging out with the guys at the bus shed. Bob was frequently seen with his 2002 yellow Ford Mustang, which he loved to drive, along with playing golf, woodworking, washing cars, keeping the lawn well manicured as well as being able to fix anything.
Bob is survived by his wife, Bonnie Bakken of Harmony; two children, Michelle (Jay) Rice of Lime Springs, Iowa and Jim (Christy) Bakken of Preston; four grandchildren, Brandon and Bradley Munkel and Mathew and Joshua Bakken; three step-grandchildren, Kyle, Brandi (Sam Ollendieck) and Jarrett Rice, along with one step-great-grandchild, Luke Ollendieck. He is further survived by six siblings, JoAnn Stevens of Aurora, Colo., Nancy Bakken of Rochester, Keith Bakken of Owatonna, Randy (Meladee) Bakken of Stewartville, Carol Bakken of Johnstown, Colo. and Robin (Ronnie) Vrieze of Racine, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, David Bakken, a brother-in-law, Gary Stevens, and a niece, Trudy Stevens.
The family wishes to extend a 'thank you' to Mayo Hospice and appreciates everything they did!!
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Hospice or the Food Shelf.

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