Robert “Bob” Hoenk – Post Bulletin

Robert “Bob” Donald Hoenk passed away peacefully at home in the care of his family, on December 4, 2022, at the age of 92. Bob was one of four children born to Alvin W. Hoenk and Ida A. Sell near Potsdam, MN on May 2, 1930. He attended rural and parochial schools until 7th grade and eventually graduated grade 8 student at Corras Rural School near Viola, MN. From there, he made the choice to stay home and cultivate with his father. At the age of 15, he paid 25 ȼ at the Licensing Bureau to get his driver’s license and had a great time romping around with friends. Two years later, he bought his first car, a 1940 Chevy Business Coup for $600 cash. On May 19, 1950, he married his lifelong partner, Lavonne “Bonnie” L. Parker, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, Minnesota. They rented a 234-acre farm a mile south of Elgin which they eventually bought once they had saved enough money. This is where Bob farmed and raised cattle, and where he and Bonnie raised their six children. In 1984 he quit farming and took a job with Elgin’s City Maintenance, working for 13 years until semi-retirement, then took on various part-time jobs like packing meat at Lakeside in Plainview, driving a tractor, transporting fertilizer and repairing rental. equipment. The couple moved from Elgin Farm to Pine Island, Minnesota in 2001, where they lived for 14 years, before moving to SE Rochester in 2015.

Bob was director of the Plainview Farmers Mutual Insurance Company for 35 years, director of the Rural Fire Association for 34 years, director of the Elgin Creamery for 10 years, council supervisor for the township of Elgin for 10 years, as well as various offices on the Church Council at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, MN. Bob was well known for his hobby of raising Shetland ponies on the farm. He liked to hitch them to his red wagon and ride his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, whether in a pond, lake or a pro who took him out to the ocean. Once he stopped milking cows, he also had time to indulge in wood carving, golf, bike rides and traveling with Bonnie. They bought a fifth wheel and took it on many trips to northern Minnesota, to winter in Arizona and even enjoyed a 2 month drive across Canada to see Alaska. Bob will always be remembered for his devotion to God, his kindness, his patience, his “gift of talkativeness”, his “pair and reserve” and his sense of humor.

He is survived by his son Steven (Sue) Hoenk of Byron, MN; daughters Tamara Konicek of Rochester, MN; Nancy (Gregg) Carlson of Rochester, MN; Brenda (Wayne) Meyers of Elgin, Minnesota; Kim (Dean) Jensen of Rochester, MN; Melissa (Andy) Mazur of Huntley, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Leone Hoenk; Glenda Hoenk; Nadine Siem; Kaye Willis; and many loving nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his wife Bonnie (June 10, 2022), brothers Kenneth and David Hoenk and sister Darlene Wehrs.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Adam Koglin officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the church service. Interment will be at Elgin Cemetery in Elgin.

Bob’s family would like to sincerely thank all the nurses and support staff at Promedica Hospice for the excellent care provided to Bob and his family over the past 6 months. They are especially grateful to her Care Manager, LaVerne, RN, for her outstanding dedication. It is an angel who walks among us.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minnesota.

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