Robert "Tubby" Ekeren, age 83, of Yankton, South Dakota died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill, South Dakota with Reverend Velma Larson and Reverend George Ekeren officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at church. Inurnment with military honors will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota at a later date.
Robert Ekeren was born on June 27, 1932 (in the morning) to Olaf and Lucille (Warden) Ekeren in rural Mission Hill, South Dakota. He graduated from Gayville High School in Gayville, South Dakota in 1950. Tubby then farmed with his family for several years before enlisting in the United States Army in January 1953. He was stationed in Germany as a Morse code interpreter and sharp shooter during the Korean War. After his discharge, Tubby worked in California and Wyoming for a few years. On March 17, 1957, Robert married Rose Bogner in Yankton. After their marriage, they lived and farmed in the Yankton area and then Tubby started working for a fertilizer plant in Yankton. He worked there for around 12 years and then started his own company painting houses. In 1984, Tubby and Rose moved to Lead, South Dakota where they managed Terry Peak Lodge for 15 years. After retirement, Tubby and Rose lived in Belle Fourche and then Deadwood. Rose passed away in April 2011 and then Tubby moved to Yankton to be closer to his family. Tubby was known for his witty sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. He enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball, baseball, pinochle, horseshoes and shuffle board. Tubby also loved hunting and fishing and hearing all the hunting stories from his children. He enjoyed going on road trips and camping at Yellowstone National Park. Tubby and Rose enjoyed wine making and canning, which they were very proud to give most of it away. Tubby was also proud of his Norwegian heritage and his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Robert is survived by seven children: Russ (Janelle) Ekeren of Yankton, Terry Ekeren of Scotland, SD, Tom Ekeren of Deadwood, SD, Dan (Jana) Ekeren of Yankton, Pam Ekeren and fiancÚ, Bob Buehlmann of Sturgis, SD, Lonnie (Lynett) Ekeren of Garretson, SD and Barb Ekeren of Scotland, SD; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters: Maurice (Kay) Ekeren of Yankton, Darrell (June) Ekeren of Mission Hill, SD, Milford (Helen) Ekeren of Yankton, Marvin (Marilyn) Ekeren of Yankton, Bonnie Silvernail of Platte, SD, Dennis Ekeren (Connie Jensen) of Lead, SD, Jim (Donna) Ekern of Titusville, FL and Judy (Bob) Hackett of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose Ekeren; and two infant siblings, Sharon and Gene Ekeren.
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Our sincere sympathy in the passing of your loved one. Your father leaves a legacy of many happy and cherished memories.
Keeping all of you in prayer, Deanna & Dave Uhl
We send our sympathy in the passing of your father. I heard that you took him fishing on his last day. I am sure this meant a lot and left him happy in his final hours. You and and your family are in our prayers.
Richard, Carla, Andrew, Isaac, Nathan, Simon and Zachary Bahm
I was very happy I got to meet and visit with one of my husband's old friends when Bob moved back to Yankton. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Mrs. June (Jake) Lee
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