Robert Wassenaar

Robert Wayne “Bob” Wassenaar, 68, Steen, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A funeral service was Monday, June 25,, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Burial followed at Flowerfield Cemetery.

Robert Wassenaar was born Jan. 29, 1950, to George and Henrietta (Van Den Oever) Wassenaar in Luverne.  He was raised on the family’s farm two miles east of Hills. He attended Hills-Beaver Creek School and graduated in 1968. He served in the Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975. 

Bob was married to Norma Schubert on March 20, 1982, until 1996. They lived just east of Hills for five years before moving into Hills. Bob continued to farm and also worked part time as a rural mail carrier. He raised crops, had milk cows and in 2002 built a hog barn.

Bob was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills, where he served as a deacon, as past president and as current vice president of the church council. He also was a member of the Hills American Legion and was active with the Hills Community Club. He enjoyed grilling, entertaining during the holidays, shopping, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two children, Nick Wassenaar (April, Hazel and Griffin Sailor) of Luverne and Jessica Wassenaar of St. Louis Park; two siblings, Marv Wassenaar of Luverne and Glenda (Sam) McGaffee of Hills; nieces Brenda Wessels, Wendy Stegenga, Katie McGaffee and Samantha McGaffee; special friend Norma Wassenaar; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his niece, Tammy Wassenaar.

Arrangements were provided by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, jurrensfuneralhome.com.

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