Robert “Bob” Rogotzke

Robert “Bob” Rogotzke, age 88, of Fairfax passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020, at his home in Fairfax. Graveside service were held Friday, June 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Wellington Township, Renville County, Minnesota. Military Honors were by the Fairfax Honor Guard. Clergy officiating was Pastor Scott Muske. Congregational Hymns: “Abide With Me”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow.” Casket bearers were Tom Rogotzke, Jay Rogotzke, Matt Rogotzke, Jim Rogotzke, Bill Rogotzke, and John Rogotzke. Bob is survived by his children, Roger Rogotzke and his wife, Barb of Sleepy Eye, MN, David Rogotzke and Anne Schepers of Duluth, MN, and Carole Rogotzke of Lakeville, MN; grandchildren, Tom (Amy) Rogotzke, Karen (Matt) Mason, Jay (Amanda) Rogotzke, Katie (Mike) Foote, Leah Rogotzke, and Matt Rogotzke; great-grandchildren, Stella, Harper and Tyson Rogotzke, Matthias, Juliana Mason; siblings, Mary Jane Rogotzke and Betty Ann Kurth; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Myrtle Rogotzke; wife, Delores Rogotzke; three brothers whom he loved, Rich, John, and Al (June) Rogotzke. Robert “Bob” Henry Rogotzke was born on July 5, 1931, in Springfield, Minnesota. He was the son of Albert and Myrtle (Klasnya) Rogotzke. Bob grew up on a farm near Sanborn, Minnesota, and was the eldest of six siblings. Robert was baptized as an infant on July 19, 1931, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 25, 1945, both at Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn, Minnesota. He received his education in Sanborn and was a graduate of the Sanborn High School Class of 1949. On July 11, 1952, Bob entered active military service and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He achieved the rank of Sergeant. Bob was Honorably Discharged on June 9, 1954. On June 1, 1957, Bob married the love of his life, Delores Batzlaff at Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn, Minnesota. After their marriage, the couple resided on their farm between Lamberton and Wabasso, then moved to Fairfax. Bob farmed for a few years; he then purchased and operated an Amoco Oil business in Fairfax and was a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska. This union was blessed with three children, Roger, David and Carole. Delores preceded him in death by 16 years. One of Robert’s legacies are four salmon boats in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. He enabled his family to purchase a boat and permit to fish in the commercial fishing business by using his property as collateral. “There are 214 salmon in the net. That’s a pretty good net”, said Robert on July 5th, 2011, on his 80th birthday as he counted salmon coming aboard the fishing vessel Kanista. He loved to count the salmon from the beginning of his fishing career in 1984. He was a perfect example and spiritual leader for his family. Bob was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township and served on the Church Council. He was also on the Fairfax School Board when Fairfax built a new school after the 1976 school year. Robert loved all sports-He once threw a no hitter against Springfield High School as he had perfected the ‘knuckle ball’ and loved to throw that zig zaggy ball with his kids as we played catch. He loved animals and had a dog named Mitzie that happily rode along many years in the Amoco bulk truck. He often spoke of the Percheron work horses that he grew up with: Pete, Polly, Dan, and Roger. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and traveling. He had a high respect for all farmers, and was a kind and generous man. Bob cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He really enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play in their sporting events and other school activities. Robert died Sunday, May 31, 2020, at his home from complications of coronary heart disease and Alzheimer’s. He was 88 years old. Robert was grounded in his faith and his soul has flown. He is at home with his risen Savior. Blessed be his memory. Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com<http://www.hantge.com/> Please click on obituaries and guest book.

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