Robert Patrick Mockler was born Oct. 5, 1930, in Kingsley, the son of Edward and Pearl (Feeney) Mockler. He graduated from Union Consolidated High School, rural Le Mars, in 1948.
Robert was drafted into the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. He earned his honorable discharge in December 1953. After the service he began a lifelong career in farming.
Bob and Mary Lou Junck were united in marriage Feb. 23, 1954, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Kingsley. In the early 1980s, Bob was joined by his sons Dan and Alan in the farming operation.
Bob was a lifelong member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Kingsley and was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of Nash American Legion Post #140 in Kingsley. In his spare time Bob enjoyed reading.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lou, of Kingsley; children, Bill (LoAnn) Mockler, of Minneapolis, Minn., LeAnne (Rob) Collins, of Hartley, Linda (Carl) Bliss, of San Diego, Calif., Lois Mockler, of Marshall, Minn., Dan Mockler, of Kingsley, Alan Mockler, of Kingsley, Andrea (Dave) Sitzmann, of Sherburn, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Ben Collins, Nate (Michelle) Collins, Jon Collins, Meghan (Tom) Bliss, Hannah Bliss, Carly Bliss, Samantha Sitzmann, Mitchell Sitzmann; two great-grandchildren, Alison Bliss and Madison Bliss; a brother, Paul Mockler, of Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Mary Anne (Wayne) Case, of Iowa City; in-laws Bernard Junck, of Hinton, Duane (Pat) Junck, of Kingsley and Connie Junck, of Kingsley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Jim and Jack Mockler.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Kingsley. The Rev. Mark J. Stoll and The Rev. Thomas Topf will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery with military honors performed by Nash American Legion Post #140. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Bob's grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.