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Robert “Bob” Deaner

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On January 8, 2021 @ 1:58 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 4 Comments

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Robert “Bob” Deaner, age 94, of Jordan, MN, formerly of Starbuck, MN, passed away on January 7, 2021 at Oak Terrace Senior Living, Jordan. A celebration of Bob’s life will take place at a later date. Interment at Fron Lutheran Cemetery in Starbuck, MN.

Bob was born November 3, 1926 in Stillwater, MN to George and Mary (Popelka) Deaner.

Bob was a WWII vet. After being discharged from the US Navy he returned to Minnesota, where he completed schooling to become a telegrapher and was employed by Northern Pacific Railroad. He retired from Burlington Northern in 1985. Bob met Muriel on a blind date in the Twin Cities and they were married on June 7, 1952. They moved to west central Minnesota to raise their family. Bob was a member of the Starbuck Depot Society. He gave telegraphy demonstrations at various town events throughout the years. He remained in Starbuck, MN until 2014 when he moved to Jordan, MN to be able to spend his final years near Cyndi and Butch. Bob was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing and playing cribbage.

Bob will be missed by his children, Cyndi (Butch) Zierath and David (Denise) Deaner; grandchildren, Melissa O’Neil, Jamie Deaner, Joshua Deaner, Ryan Deaner, Sarah Deaner; his 9 great grandchildren; and other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Muriel; son, Mark Deaner; parents, George and Mary; and siblings, Calvin Deaner, George Deaner, and Lester Deaner.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation proudly served and cared for the Deaner family.



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Condolence from Melanie J Sievert on January 11th, 2021 7:57 pm

Dave, Cyndi and all – So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing – had wondered about him again just recently. He was always good for a few laughs!! Peace and blessings to all, hugs, Melanie and Betty Sievert

Condolence from Cyndi Zierath on January 30th, 2021 4:54 pm

Thank you Melanie.

Condolence from Maria P on January 13th, 2021 8:10 am

I only had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Deaner a couple times but Cindy & I became fast friends over 30 yrs ago. My heart goes out to her & her family

Condolence from Alexis on March 8th, 2021 11:11 pm

I wish I got to visit Bob before he left this world. But I know now he can drink all the orange pop he wants and be reunited with Muriel and his son again. I worked at Oak Terrace for almost two years and he was one of my favorite residents there. We would talk for over an hour every time I worked and he told me so many stories and showed me so many photos of him and your family. He always talked about his kids. He loved you guys so much. And of course he loved the dogs too. His famous saying was to never “shiv a ghit”. I’m so sorry for your loss. Just know he loved you all so much.

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