TRUMAN - Robert G. "Bob" Shoen, age 76, of rural Truman, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Truman Church of Christ, with Rev. Merril Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery rural Truman. Visiting hours will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service in Truman, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Bob was born Aug. 27, 1935, in Truman, the son of Cecil F. and Joy M. (Follet) Shoen. He was raised in rural Truman and was a 1953 graduate of Truman High School. Following service in the U.S. Army, he returned to rural Truman, where he farmed. He was married to Irene D. Sorlie on Dec. 1, 1958, in Mankato. Bob was a lifetime resident of rural Truman, where he farmed and raised purebred Jersey cattle, for over 50 years. He was an active member of the Minnesota Jersey Cattle Club, the Martin County American Dairy Association and attended the Truman Church of Christ. Bob loved to read and was fond of historical books and the traditional Sunday papers. In retirement, he liked to travel, and enjoyed a trip to Europe with Irene and his sons. Farming and hard work were his joy, only to be outmatched by his love for his family and spending time with and attending events with his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, Irene of Truman; daughter, Nancy Shoen (Lief Johnson) of Roseville; son, Phillip Shoen (Connie Royle) of Chanhassen; son, Warren (Beth) Shoen of Plymouth; daughter, Robin Shoen of St. Louis Park; brothers, Ronald (Elsie) Shoen and James (Barbara) Shoen of Truman; sisters, Lucille (Robert) Schutte of Palm Springs, Calif.; and Catherine Chamberlain of Fairmont; and grandchildren: Cory, Jill and Jack Shoen. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank Shoen; and a sister, Celia Macomber.