Robert “Bob” McAllister, age 80 of Prior Lake, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, March 3, 2023. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
On May 16, 1942, Robert Hiram McAllister was born to parents Hiram and Loretta in New Ulm, Minnesota. As a young boy, Bob and his family moved to the Prior Lake area where he attended Prior Lake area schools. He was a gifted track athlete, competing as a hurdler. During his senior year, and with a broken leg from an unfortunate hurdling accident; Bob crossed paths with Joyce Rezab while on the bus to school. This chance meeting led to 5 years of dating, before Bob and Joyce were married on June 4, 1966 at St. John’s Church in Bloomington, MN.
After graduating from Prior Lake High School in 1962, Bob worked at a local glass factory before taking a part-time job with a local animal control business. Bob realized his passion for the work, and after only a short while took over the business, creating McAllister Kennels. Bob continued to work as the owner and operator of McAllister Kennels for 45 years, assisting with the transfer and management of just about any animal that could be found in Minnesota. He loved animals, and he and Joyce had many pets over the years.
When he wasn’t at work, Bob loved being with his family. He adored his 3 daughters, Connie, Bridget, and Deanna, and made sure to spoil them. He loved to spend time with them, whether it was pulling them in a trailer behind a tractor on the family farm, listening to Polka with them in the morning, putting their hair in rollers, or helping to paint their nails- or letting them paint his! As his daughters grew up and had kids of their own, he was overjoyed to become a grandpa. He loved having the grandkids over, and always happily volunteered to babysit them.
Bob was a Jack-of-All-Trades from a young age. If it was broken, he could fix it- and whenever anyone in the family needed a torn shirt sewn or a hem mended, they knew who to call. He was just as comfortable out hunting as he was in the kitchen. He loved to bake, and was happy to share a recipe with you.. making sure to talk it over and offer you creative changes or additions with his trademark phrase “But I would do it this way.”
Bob’s calm, soft spoken demeanor, willingness to help whoever needed it, and deep love of his family will forever be missed by his daughters, Connie (Scott) Roseth, Bridget (Skip) Peterson, and Deanna (Ryan) McWilliams; grandchildren, Chris (Colleen) Hackley, Tyler (Cody) Hackley, Jil Stahosky, Gunnar Peterson, Lizzy McAllister, Skyler (Nyx) McWilliams, Chloe McWilliams; great-grandchildren, Charlotte Hackley, Cora Hackley, Aila Hackley, Margo Hackley, and Adelaide Hackley; sisters, Lois (Bob) Boettcher, Carol (Bob) Liebhard, Mary Nelson; many other relatives and life-long friends.
Bob is greeted in heaven by his wife of 52 years, Joyce; parents, Hiram McAllister, Loretta and Lee Mueller; and siblings, Tom (Suzan) McAllister and Karen Mueller.
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Deanna and family,
Your dad sounded like a wonderful man. Jade enjoyed visiting him with Chloe and raved about his chocolate chip cookies. I remember bringing him Long John Silvers from Mankato after hearing it was his favorite and that was the closest one!! May your memories bring you joy amid the sadness and tears.
LaRayne Moran / Jen Sweetser
So sorry for your loss. May all the treasured memories you have over the years give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Your father knew how much you loved him and always felt that love throughout his life
My condolences to your family on the loss of your father. He was a wonderful family man. I’m sending prayers to your family. He will be missed greatly. Take care.
Oh Bridgett & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Bob was a great man with many talents and will be missed by all of you. RIP Bob
Tim and Lori Hoch
Tim knew your family for many years. We played cards with your mom and dad as well as your grandparents for several years. I have wonderful memories of the fun we had. We will remember Bob fondly for his sense of humor. He could always make us laugh. We send our condolences to you, Connie and Deanna as well as the rest of your family. God bless you all.
Condolences Deanna, I always enjoyed hearing you talk about your Dad and his adventures. He always sounded like a fun and sweet person.
I remember Bob coming to our farm in the 60’s to remove whatever animal my brother trapped. He got spray once or twice.
Bridget, so very sorry to hear about your dad. He’s with your mom now and bi longer in pain. Hugs and prayers for your entire family.
Your Dad and Mom were two special people. They served the City of Burnsville very well. No matter the time of day that we called one or both would come out. And always with a smile.
Our sympathies to the family.
Wally Lind- Burnsville Police
I never knew Bob to run into an animal he couldn’t handle, and handle well, he was a good man!