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Robert J. Meinert, 73
January 6, 2019

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Winnebago Robert John Meinert, of Winnebago, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Fairmont, at the age of 73.

Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Truman at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Nathan Rusert officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 at Spencer Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago. Additional visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Spencer Owen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. www.SpencerOwen.com

Robert John Meinert was born Aug. 14, 1945 in Sleepy Eye, to Lloyd and Erna (Koch) Meinert. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.

He was raised on a farm Northwest of Sleepy Eye, where he attended country grade school and attended 7-8 grade at St. John's Lutheran school in Sleepy Eye; graduating from Springfield High School in 1963. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and served until his honorable discharge in September 1969. He married Kathleen Ann Anderson on Aug. 6, 1967 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska. For the first few years of their marriage they lived in Hanska and Marshall before moving to Winnebago in July 1969. He was the engineering clerk for Interstate Power Company from 1969 to 1992, he then took a manager position in Sherburn with them where he stayed until 1995, returning to Winnebago until his retirement in 2000. Robert was also a driver for Espeland Van Service and AMV. He retired on April 1, 2013.

Robert is a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago and a current member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Truman. Throughout his life, his faith held an important role, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Martin Luther High School in Northrop, and supporting the many churches where he has resided.

He enjoyed watching sports on TV, going to auctions and garage sales, as he was an avid collector of anything he had more than three of. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Robert is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen Meinert, of Winnebago; daughter, Jill Meinert, of Lewiston; sons, Jeffrey (Patty) Meinert, of Truman, Jason Meinert, of Winnebago and Justin (Kim) Meinert, of Forest Lake; five grandchildren, Logan, Colter and Tyson Meinert, of Truman, Carter Pearson and Hailey Miller, of Forest Lake; siblings, Donald (Rachel) Meinert, of Tucson, Arizona, Marion Schapekahm, of New Ulm and Dorothy (John) Russell, of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Ginny Ringnell, of Sherburn and brother-in-law, Steve (Judy) Anderson, of New Ulm. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Erna Meinert; parents-in-law, Alvin and Marvis Anderson and other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to Martin Luther High School, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Truman or donors choice.

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