Robert (Bob) Sauer, 67, of Prior Lake died on December 1, 2020 with family by his side, from complications of myelofibrosis.
Bob was born October 11, 1953 in Koizumi, Japan, to Richard J. and Helen (Sugai) Sauer. He spent his first three years in Japan and then moved with his parents to La Crosse, WI.
Bob graduated with a B.A in Art from Viterbo University, using his degree to work in graphic design for advertising agencies and corporations. Retired from Daikin Applied in 2019.
He married Rita Freiseis at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 1981 and they spent many vacations visiting national and state parks throughout the country. Bob’s other favorite destination was the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, especially with fellow explorer and good friend John Borchardt.
Survived and dearly missed by wife Rita, mother Helen Kiyo Sauer, brother-in-law David (Sara) Freiseis, several nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins in America and Japan. Preceded in death by daughter Nicole and father Richard.
Bob was active in traditional Japanese taiko drumming and dance groups of the Twin Cities and will be missed by the many friends he made in classes and performing at community events.
Bob’s family offers special thanks to friends who generously registered to be a blood stem cell donor for Bob, even though his health deteriorated before he could receive a transplant.
Private Family Mass on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Friends and extended family are invited to stream by visiting St. Michael Catholic Church’s website: https://stmichael-pl.org.”Print Obituary & Condolences