Family, friends and fishing is how Robert Lyman Hardtke lived his life. Bob died on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the age of 89, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living, surrounded by his family.
He was born on December 3, 1929, in Bethany, to Clement and Lillian (Antonson) Hardtke. After seven years of dating, he married Dianne Ronnenberg on July 17, 1954, and they enjoyed 64 wonderful years of marriage. Bob worked for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa, for many years, leaving on Sunday evenings and coming home at the end of the week. In order to spend more time with his family, he eventually owned and operated Furnace Vac in Winona and later worked as a drafting engineer for Warner-Swasey. Bob belonged to the Eagles Club, American Legion and was a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.
He was an avid fisherman and loved being on the river. Bob also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne; two daughters, Sandi (David) Stoos of Winona and Lori (Jennifer) Hardtke of Maui, Hawaii; three grandchildren, Dylan Stoos of Scottsdale, Ariz., Shonda (Andrew) Dickinson of La Crosse, and Hailee Stoos of St. Louis Park; two great-grandchildren, Alivia and Sophia Dickinson; brother, Fredrick Hardtke of Dubuque, Iowa; and sister, Geraldine (John) McConnell of Eldorado Hills, Calif.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Karen Hardtke.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with the Reverend Richard A. Moore officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.
We would like to thank all of the staff at Sugar Loaf Assisted Living and Winona Hospice for their outstanding care and support.
Please share a memory of Bob and sign his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.