Robert “Bob” Duane Milbrett

NEW ULM — Robert “Bob” Duane Milbrett, age 87 of New Ulm died peacefully on Monday, May 11, 2020, at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.

Due to current social constraints, a private family service will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Pastor Nate Scharf will officiate, and burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm.

The service will be livestreamed starting at 1 pm on Friday on the Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes Facebook account as well as St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s website at: www.splnewulm.org

To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Bob is survived by his daughter, Karen (Jeremy) Blaschko of St. Peter; his sons, Duane (Susie Bundt) Milbrett of Denver, Colorado, Randy (Beth) Milbrett of Mankato, Jamie Milbrett of New Ulm; his grandchildren, Rachel (Chris) Carpenter of Mankato, Robyn (Matt) James of North Mankato, Becky (Brody Jones) Milbrett of Dallas, Texas, Rhonda (Adam Despres) Milbrett of North Mankato, Reanna (Ivan Garcia) Milbrett of North Mankato, Melanie (Eric) Kiem of Cook; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Darlene Stueber; and brothers, Emil and Freddie Milbrett.

Robert “Bob” Duane Milbrett was born October 25, 1932, in Milford Township, Brown County, Minnesota to Walter and Alma (Zimmermann) Milbrett. Bob was baptized as a child of God on November 27, 1932, and confirmed in faith at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm in 1946. He attended country grade school in Milford Township and grew up working on his family’s farm. Bob worked for over five years with Lambert’s Lumber in New Ulm as well as at the White Claus Case Implement before starting his 35-year career with the Brown County Highway department; a career he worked until his retirement in 1991. Besides his many years of dedicated service to Brown County, Bob’s true love was music. He shared his gift of music with others playing for over 30 years leading the Bob Milbrett Band with his piano accordion. Together they travelled to many states bringing joy to parties, weddings, birthday’s, anniversary’s, parades, ballrooms, and clubs with good old-time music and were recorded playing on Bandwagon numerous times. Bob also enjoyed bowling and was on numerous New Ulm bowling leagues over the years. He always looked forward to listening to old-time music during the dinner bell hour on KNUJ. Bob was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Blessed be his memory.