The funeral service for Robert âBobâ Traen, 64, of rural Cottonwood, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. â 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. â 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota.
Robert Allen Traen was born on October 1, 1953, in Minneapolis, MN. When he was 14 months old, he was adopted by Edward and Clara (Bossuyt) Traen. Bob grew up on the family farm west of Cottonwood. He attended parochial school in Minneota and graduated from Clarkfield High School. He attended Vocational Technical School in Canby for a couple of years studying accounting. Bob farmed with his father for a time. Later, he began driving truck part time for D & M Implement. This blossomed into a truck driving career where he worked for many employers, most recently as a Bulk Driver for Tri State Petroleum. Bob retired from driving in 2008. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball, football and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed hunting and collecting guns and ammunition. He was fond of NASCAR and working on his own vehicles and tinkering in his shop. Bob was most passionate about his family including extended family and especially his grandchildren. For the last three years, Bob courageously battled with many health problems including kidney failure and cancer.
Bob died on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at his residence in rural Cottonwood, under the care of Avera Home Hospice. He is survived by his children Brent (and Danielle) Traen of Dawson, Holly Traen (and Derek) of Huron, SD, fiancÃ© Jill Miller of rural Cottonwood, step-children Justin Miller (and Mel) of Canby, Cassandra (and Dave) Feigum of Starbuck, Anthony Miller of Canby, Cory Miller (and Chantel) of Canby, grandchildren Cooper, Claire, Conor, Caden and Jase, 14 step-grandchildren, sister Barbara (and Dave) Myhre of Marshall life-long friend Jeff (and Nicki) Hale of Wisconsin and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Lyon County Relay for Life at P.O. Box 203 in Balaton, MN 56115.