Robert (Bob) Stephen Vonderharr passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in St. Paul, MN at the age of 89 surrounded by the love of his family. Bob was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Huron, South Dakota on May 2, 1922. His parents were Henry Vonderharr and Blanche (Murphy) Vonderharr. Bob graduated from Huron High School and received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Idaho to play football. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent 3 ½ years in the service. He returned to the University of Idaho and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1947. He was a member of Sigma Nu social fraternity and the Major Sports Letterman Club. Bob was listed in the Who's Who in colleges and universities in 1947. Bob's career included sales positions with General Mills, Weiser-Falcon Lock Co. and GAF Corp. Bob married Dolores Hall in Billings, MT in 1953. Together they raised four children, moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in 1969 and eventually retiring to Las Cruces in 1984. Bob and Dolores were active in numerous volunteer activities. Bob was Chairman of the Board of RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), President and participant in the Senior Olympics program, Officer in Big Band, and member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Las Cruces Senior Center. Bob also had a love for music and dancing and his family enjoyed his singing. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, in 2007, parents Henry and Blanche Vonderharr and his brother John. Bob was survived by son Stephen Vonderharr (Karen) of Burnsville, MN, and his three daughters; Becky Hagemann (Tim) of Eagan, MN; Diane Dwyer (Robert) of Kalispell, MT; and Valerie Lembke (Mike) of Burnsville, MN. Other survivors include his sister-in-law June Edgmond of Billings, MT, 10 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. A celebration of Bob's compassionate, faith-filled life will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Eagan, MN. Interment of cremains will follow in St. Paul, MN, at Fort Snelling Cemetery.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 24, 2011