Robert William Kreter

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Robert William Kreter, 86, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his Rochester home with his family at his side. He survived melanoma and lymphoma, but lost his battle with mesothelioma.

Robert was born April 18, 1928, to Emil and Mabel Kreter. He attended Rochester Central School and was very active in sports, playing football, baseball and hockey. He was especially noted for his pitching prowess. Robert married Elaine Ruth Fieck on July 6, 1945, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osage, Iowa. He worked as a carpenter all his life and could also be found accompanying his friend, Dr. Cross, on house calls. Robert was the go-to-handyman for his relatives and even a barber.

Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, and used to regularly attend Bible class. He had a deep love of Jesus and could be found daily reading his Portals of Prayer. He greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching sports. He will always be remembered for his smile and laughter. He was known affectionately as "Buff" and "The Best Dad We Ever Saw" by his loved ones.

Robert is survived by his wife, Elaine; and sons, Charlie Kreter and David (Renee) Kreter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Garfield and Paul Kreter and his sister, Mildred Lubahn. 

The funeral will be held Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Joel Haak officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

The family wishes to thank the Seasons Hospice nurses for their care.

Online condolences are welcome at

Funeral Home
Macken Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1105 12th Street SouthEast Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-1075
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on June 26, 2014