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Robert Sonnenberg

September 30, 1932 — December 4, 2019

Detroit Lakes

Robert “Bob” Roger Sonnenberg, 87, died in his home on December 4th, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born September 30, 1932 in Vergas, MN to Albert Sonnenberg and Hertha (Strelau) Sonnenberg.

Bob graduated from Frazee High School.  Following graduation, he served with the US Army in Chicago, Illinois.  He married Janice Hanebuth Sonnenberg on June 5, 1952.  They made their home in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Bob was a mink farmer his entire life.  He was the owner of S&S Feed Company.  He was an active member of the Lake Region Fur Breeders Association and MN Fur Breeders Association.  He was President of the MN Fur Breeders Association and won Fur Rancher of the Year in 1986.

Bob served on the Becker County Agricultural Association and was a Director for nearly 40 years serving as Fair Manager or President for 30 years.  He was awarded MN Fair Person of the year in 1995 and Becker County Fair “Fair Builder” in 2017.  He received Becker County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 2013.   Bob was very passionate about 4-H kids, serving as 4-H Leader, and continuing the tradition of the County Fair.

Bob and Janice enjoyed gardening, selling pumpkins and produce to the Lakes Area.  He was known for his humor and often commented that his initials “B.S.” were appropriate.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Janice, sons Keith (Shelly) Sonnenberg, Lyle (Sue) Sonnenberg, Neil (Roxanne) Sonnenberg, all of Detroit Lakes, and a daughter Sheri (Chris) Olerud of Moorhead, MN; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Sonnenberg, Dawn Eckert, Tina Moore, Jacob Sonnenberg, Justin Sonnenberg, Derek Sonnenberg, Alexis Sonnenberg and 14 Great Grand Children.  He is also survived by a brother, Marlo Sonnenberg and his sister-in-law Joyce Sonnenberg, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Sonnenberg.

A service of remembrance will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 6:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:30 pm at David Donehower Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held Monday, December 9th at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN.  Internment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery following the service.  The David-Donehower Funeral Home is caring for Bob and his family.

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Service Schedule

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Sunday, December 8, 2019

6:00 - 7:30pm (Central time)

David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 US-10, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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Prayer Service

Sunday, December 8, 2019

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David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 US-10, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 9, 2019

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