Robert Bacon, age 93, of Brownsville, Minn., formerly of Mabel and Hesper, died Monday, June 17, 2019, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in La Crosse, Wis.
Robert Thomas Bacon was born August 14, 1925, in Brownsdale, Minn., to Ray and Emma (Nordenmalm) Bacon. He attended and graduated from Mabel High School in 1943, joining the Navy that same year, serving until 1946. During those years he was stationed in North Africa and the Philippines. Returning home he attended Winona State College, the University of MN, and the University of Bowling Green in Ohio.
In 1954 he married Arlene Soberg at Hesper Lutheran Church and they would spend the next 28 years farming in the Mabel area. To them two daughters, Rebecca Ann and Joan Roberta, were born. During these years he was very active in the American Legion Post #299 in Mabel, becoming a life member, and serving as the commander of the Joseph B. Lund Post. He also became Fillmore County Commander and the First District Vice Commander. In addition to farming, he became a postal clerk in the Mabel Post Office for several years and in 1982 the family moved to Brownsville, Minn., where he became the postmaster, retiring after nearly 30 years of service. Joining the VFW in Brownsville, he became a life member and was active in their programs. He also served as a First Responder on the Brownsville fire department for 10 years.
He is survived by his daughter Rebecca Bacon, granddaughter Amanda Morrall, sister Helen Richmond, as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dexter, Roger, George, Charles; sister Dorothy, wife Arlene, and daughter Joan.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21 at Hesper Lutheran Church, Hesper, Iowa. Rev. Matt Larson will officiate and burial with military honors will be at Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday morning before the service at the church.
Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel is serving the family.
Many thanks to the staff and residents of Bethany Riverside for the kindness shown to Bob these past two years.