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Robert Prekker July 9, 1932 - Nov. 12, 2009

WILLMAR -- Robert "Bob" Clifford Prekker, 77, of Willmar died Thursday in rural Clara City.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar with military honors provided by Willmar V.F.W.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born July 9, 1932, in Clara City to Everette and Taleta (Doesken) Prekker. He attended country schools, graduating from the 8th grade. He received his public school diploma from Chippewa County District 42 in 1946. He started farming full time when he was 14. He served with the Army from 1953 to 1955, during the Korean War. He earned the rank of corporal in the 11th Infantry Regiment, Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Occupation Medal (Germany). He also received his GED diploma from Clara City High School during this time.

He married Theresa Drexler on April 23, 1955, in Clara City. They farmed seven miles north of Clara City. They purchased a farm in Woods Township in 1971. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar at the time of his death. They moved to Willmar in 1996. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Clara City, Willmar VFW Post and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie in Willmar. He was a member of Golden Growers Cooperative, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and a founding member and past board member of the Chippewa Valley Agrafuel Cooperative in Benson. He was working in sales for Gold Country Seed and as a representative for Primerica Financial Services and farmed with his son at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife; children: Michael Prekker of Clara City, John (and Norma Jo) Prekker of Danville, Va., Nancy (and Don) Van Hauen of Willmar and Sue Keller of New Ulm; 12 grandchildren; his mother of Clara City; sisters: June Lobitz of Willmar and LeeAnn (and Tom) Skeie of Arlington, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father.