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Robert Rahlf

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Robert J. Rahlf age 50 of New Hampton died Monday, April 3, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert presiding. Interment with military honors will be in the New Hampton City Cemetery with Gene Scroggins, Jacob Scroggins, Derek Baker, Jeremy Clark, Matt Zeien and Dan Lechtenberg as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Patty Hoeck, Aaron Peterson and Austin Peterson. Friends may greet the family 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Bob’s family asks that visitors feel free to come casual. Robert Joseph Rahlf made his grand entrance into the world on April 25, 1966, in Sumner, IA, the oldest son of Roger and Lana Rae (Todd) Rahlf. He began his education at Winnie the Pooh Preschool where he was likely one of the cutest little poohs ever and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1984. He then served in the Army from 1985 – 1993 and was deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm. He was also stationed in Germany twice and Bob often talked about returning to Germany as he enjoyed his time there. Bob was noted for being a hard worker and worked at many factories in the area throughout the years. At some point he acquired the nickname, ‘Animal’, possibly stemming from the aforementioned Pooh years..but most likely not. His former co-workers in Fredericksburg may be able to shed some light on the subject. In the Summer of 1993, Bob met his wife, the great love of his life, Deb Zeien, and they welcomed their daughter Alyshea into the world in 1999. He was instantly smitten and so began the wrapping of “Animal” around Alyshea’s little finger. Bob remained devoted to his family throughout life as they slightly edged out his beloved Chicago Bears Truly Bob was larger than life had a big personality, strong convictions, love of action movies, had a great big smile and more often than not, voiced his loud opinions. He surprised everyone by slipping out of the world quietly and peacefully in his sleep. Survivors include his wife, Deb Rahlf; a daughter, Alyshea Rahlf, both of New Hampton; his mother, Lana Rae Nelson of Fredericksburg; two brothers, Bill (Leanne) Rahlf of Fredericksburg, Jim (Sara) Rahlf of New Hampton; three aunts, Kathleen Rahlf, Carol Rahlf, both of New Hampton, Cheri Petersen of Mason City. He was preceded in death by his father in 2008 and grandparents.

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  1. Our sincere condolences to Bob’s entire family. May your memories you have shared with him comfort you during this difficult time. Jamie & Karen Heit

  2. Many memories of working with Robert at ConAgra (Beatrice Cheese) and Winnebago. He was such a big teddy bear and always had a smile for everyone. Thoughts and prayers to the family and my deepest sympathy to you all. Darla Carpenter

  3. Deb and family, Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Worked with Bob a couple of places always a hard worker and fun to be around. Cherish his memories as they will last a life time.

  4. Deb and Alisha, Our Deepest Sympathy for your loss. Prayers and Thoughts with you during this difficult time in your life! Lyn and James

  5. oh bob worked with u many years at beatrice then again at winnebago an atek u were a unique kind of guy bud rest in peace

  6. I’ve known Bob from working at what use to be called Beatrice cheese to Atek. He always had great stories and a smile on his face. Not a dull moment working with him. He truly loved his family dearly as they were brought into conversation time to time. He will truly be missed. He was a great guy

  7. I worked with Bob at Atek and he always had a smile and a story. He was a great person and I will miss him. May the memories that you have of him fill your thoughts today and remember he no longer suffers. All my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Roder

  8. Dear Bob and family, Bob you were quit a guy,especially at ball games where ever we went, tired to tell The umpire but I guess he called the plays.Deband Alysa you are in our prayers and are Thinking of you both.God Bless you.Gloria Parks

  9. Oh Bob, you are one of kind! I’ll always remember how much you love my baby sister and your baby girl, how you stand by your convictions and are so passionate about the things close to your heart. Fly high my friend, I will miss our stupid arguments…I guess you got the last word after all.

  10. Debbie and Alyshea I am sorry about your lose he was a good guy my family and me are here for you if you need anything he was a good guy I remember in middle school Alyshea would always talk about him how great he was and when I met him when he came to school he gave me a warm welcome and always seemed like such a great man when I talked to him Austin Frisbey & the Frisbey family

  11. Aunt Debbie and Alyshea, I remember Uncle Bobby as always smiling and happy. He would always give my brother and I that big bear hug. We enjoyed playing board games and video games. Take care and always keep those good memories. Aaron and Austin Peterson

  12. Condolences to all the Rahlf family. My first memories of Bob were of having him and his brothers in Sunday School many years ago. We had some lively lessons. Always knew him as friendly and kind.

  13. Deb, Alyshea & family~ Extending our deepest heartfelt sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May God Bless each of you. Don & Pat Johnson

  14. Dear Deb, Alyshea, and all of Bob’s family, Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in my many thoughts and prayers. May the fond memories you share of Bob bring you comfort during this most difficult time. ~Dean and Judy Knoll

  15. Deb, Alyshea, and Family, You have our deepest sympathy. Prayers to you all, Bob will be missed by many!

  16. I did not know Bob personally, but, I do know his brother Jim. If Bob was anything like Jim I am certain he will be very missed. Sending my condolences to his entire family. Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as you try to navigate this tragedy. ~Mindy Markham

  17. Just read of Bob’s passing. So sorry for your loss. It’s been years since I’ve spoke with him, but I remember what a wonderful kindhearted and fun person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his daughter at this difficult time and may fond memories comfort you in the days ahead. Rest in peace Bob. Jodi (Steffen) Frisch

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