Robert E. Kennedy

NEW ULM — Robert E. Kennedy, age 78 of New Ulm, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at his home in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 on Friday June 11, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery – Soldiers Rest Section with military honors provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard and Madelia Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 9-11 am at the church on Friday.

The funeral service will be live-streamed through the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home’s Facebook page starting at 11 am on Friday.

The Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes of New Ulm are assisting the family with arrangements at this time. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Robert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Roxanne (Dean) Zoet, Madelia, MN; sons, Robert Kennedy, Destin, FL; and Joseph Kennedy, Austin, TX; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marnie (Freddie) Motta, North Bend, WA; Patty (Buddy) Bronstien, Maple Grove, MN; and Amy (Rick) Fosseen, Bloomington, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Robert E. Kennedy was born August 7, 1942 at Ft. Snelling, MN. His parents were Albert and Joan (Novak) Kennedy. Robert attended Edison High School and Ramsey High School. Bob joined the United States Air Force in 1960 after graduating high school. He married Elizabeth Halek on October 7, 1961 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia Heights. After 26 years of service in the Air Force, he retired with the rank of CMSgt. After retirement from the military, he worked for the Department of Defense as Traffic Manager and Flight Chief for 20 years. Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus in CA, OK and MN serving as a Grand Knight, 3rd Degree and Faithful Navigator in 4th Degree, and he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 19 and VFW Post 3842 in Madelia, MN. Bob enjoyed flying radio-controlled airplanes, and he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Blessed be his memory.