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After 77 remarkable years, Robert “Bobby” Zrust of Buffalo, MN, passed away while being surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Bobby learned a strong work ethic on the family farm in Cologne, MN, and always considered himself a “farm boy”. He met the love of his life, Margie, in high school and they shared 56 wonderful years together as husband and wife. He cherished her each and every day. His great love spilled over to his children and grandchildren and he was so proud of each and every one of them. He often remarked, with great pride, “Look what we started!” to his family.

Bob touched many more hearts in the community with his role as a milkman for 48 years. He worked endless hours supporting his family and building relationships with many families and cooks. It was a source of great pride when his oldest son, Brad, took over the milk route in 2011, when Bob retired.

Bob was an avid sports fan throughout his whole life. His favorite sports and teams were the ones that his children and grandchildren were part of. He will continue to be their #1 fan from above.

Bob is lovingly survived by his adoring wife, Marge; blessed children, Brad (Sue) Zrust, Molly (Dean) Perry and Ted (Kim) Zrust; grandchildren, Samantha (Connor) Bauer, Jordan & Zach Zrust, Ben, Ellie & Charlie Perry, Cameron & Avery Sonju and Celia Zrust; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Quinn Bauer; two sisters, Sister Mary Ann Zrust, SLW and Jane (Duane) Heitz; siblings-in-law, Rita Zrust, Al (Pat) Ebert; and many other loving family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Rob and Mayme Zrust; brothers, Ralph (Janet) Zrust, Red Zrust; grandson, Lucas Perry; and father & mother-in-law, Roman (Cecilia) Ebert.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 20, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bob Zrust will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM, with visitation continuing one hour prior to the mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Buffalo.

Celebrant will be Father Nathaniel Meyers.

Urn bearers will be all of Bob’s grandchildren.

Private family interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery of Buffalo at a later date.

30 Guestbook Entries

  1. Susan

    …remembering as a child I so enjoyed his delivery visits to the farm house with milk. Occassionally we even got to go inside the “cool” milk truck on a hot summer day 😌

  2. Marsha White

    Oh Marge, I’m so sorry to hear this. Bob was a such a great, fun guy. He willed be truly missed.

  3. Marcia and Bill

    Bill and I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We remember him and you so well from U of MN baseball days with Teddy and our son Steve.May your wonderful memories comfort you and know that we care. Peace.Marcia and Bill Huls

  4. steve jeske

    Brad and family, Always liked talking to your dad when
    he was on the milk route.

  5. Angela (Thompson) Tuchtenhagen

    Marge so sorry your your families loss. It was a pleasure having him in my care last year and getting to reconnect with both of you. Bob was an amazing man!! Sending you and your family prayers and hugs!!

  6. Patty Braatz

    Sat next to you during many Buffalo HS softball games. Such a kind, funny, wonderful man. You will be greatly missed, Bob.

  7. Lynn Pfeifer

    Margie and family, I was saddened to hear of Bobs passing. He was a wonderful man! Buffalo community will miss him dearly. Prayers for your family. Lyn and Kent Pfeifer

  8. Joe Anderson

    My dearest sympathies and prayers to the Zrust family. I will miss Bob very much. So many things about Bob I enjoyed. As a family outsider, he always made me feel part of the family. As soon as I walked through the door on Thanksgiving or Easter, he would always hold out his hand to shake mine and with a smile say, “Joe, let me tell you about this!”. I could listen to him tell stories all day. Bob made me feel at home and like family. I always looked forward to having the opportunity to visit with Bob during the holidays or at basketball or softball game. Bob’s spirit lives on through his family. I know this because I have been fortunate enough to be a small part of the family and it is evident the Zrust family is a direct reflection of Bob and Marge. I will miss Bob very much, but take comfort remembering our time spent talking and the things I learned from him.

  9. Dave Ahlm

    Marge and family, my thoughts and prayers with you all. I will miss him , RIP Bob

  10. Carl & Judy Speikers

    Marge and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Remembering Bob from those long ago days when he coached St. Mary’s Basket Ball Team. Also, the many great conversations when he delivered milk to the farm. God Bless you, Carl & Judy Speikers

  11. Sheila Varner Nadeau

    I have very fond memories of Bob filling our milk counter at Varners market with Oak Grove products. He was so nice and kind in his communication and actions. For awhile Marge came with too! I just remember you two being such a cute and loving couple. My sympathies to the entire Zrust family – you have lost a real gem. May his memories keep him alive in your hearts. ❤️

  12. Jen Pfeffer-Dittes

    My deepest sympathies. May he Rest In Peace!

  13. Butch Willems

    My sympathy to the Zrust family. I work at Farm and Home store next to the milk shed and Bob always gave me chocolate milk. He was a good friend RIP

  14. Dan Tilus

    Bob was my Milkman at Country Kitchen and then Brooks…he was loved dearly by all of us. Being the boss I got to talk a lot to him. We shared life’s stories and challenges. We even went golfing! He was a kind, gentle, loving man. He always spoke fondly and with such respect about the love of his life! I count myself to have been a friend to Bob! Hugs and love to you all ❤️

  15. Sue Fuller Ward

    Dear Marge and Family:
    So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Lean on the Lord for comfort. He will always be there for you.

  16. Bill and Arlys LaPlant

    Our deepest sympathies, he joins some wonderful angels for his eternal home. God bless you all!

  17. Del Haag

    The Zrust Family, So sorry for you loss, He was quite a guy that will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  18. William Deiter

    I am so sorry for your loss, He was my flag football coach when I was very young, Brad was also on the team, I wasn’t very good, but he always made sure that I got my chance, I am forever grateful for that

  19. Michael Ogle

    Sorry to hear about Bob,
    He was our coach at St. Mary’s, Waverly. A friend and fellow ball player with the Waverly Stingers, with many victories over the years.
    Now in heaven with Big Al & Fuzzy

  20. Gloria Rose

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Sister Mary Ann Zrust

    Dear Marge, Brad ,Molly and Ted;
    Your grief is shared so deeply by me, Bob’s “big sister”. I remember when I entered religious life. Bob was still sleeping that morning and I went to his room to say good-bye before leaving for Chicago. How different things were at that time, zillions of years ago!!! I’ve always considered Bob special, kind and gentle, self-sacrificing. Later when we were able to come home for visits, I recall when he took me for a ride to the old farm and the surrounding areas of Cologne and Waconia. Good memories, many of them. Bob is at peace with our loving God, I do believe. My prayers and those of our sisters are with him and all of you.
    Love, Sister Mary Ann

  22. Gayle Specht

    How could you not love Bob Zrust.. with his warm friendly personality and big special smile whenever you saw him.[for me as recent as two days before Christmas.] I’ll always remember his non failing support to Pete and all BHS sports and his friendship. My deepest sympathy to Marge and family…I know he’ll be greatly missed.

  23. Mary Duerr

    Dear Marge and family,
    So sad to hear that Bob passed away. I personally have fond memories babysitting for you guys and Bob coming to our house several times a week to deliver milk. He was a great guy and will be missed.

    We are on vacation and will miss his service.

    Mary (Knoblauch) and Greg Duerr

  24. Jean Zrust-Kohls

    Bob and Donnie are playing baseball together again. My heart is filled with such sorrow at the loss of Uncle Bobby, yet so full of joy that the two of them are together. I love you all very much and wish I could be with you. God is with you and he will heal the pain. The wonderful memories are with you forever and always.

  25. Debby (Wasgatt) Keefer

    “Bob the Milkman” delivered milk to our school (Primary, then Tatanka) for almost all the years I managed the kitchen there (1996-2013)
    He was always quick with a smile, a joke, or just a wink of the eye to brighten we “cooks” day. Peace, Prayers and Blessings to Marge and all the Family.

  26. Carey Casey

    Zrust family, sorry for your loss, I remember Bob as he use to deliver milk to my parents business in buffalo “J’s”. He always had a smile on his face.

  27. Sandy & Randy Haegele

    Marge, our deepest sympathy to you! We were saddened to read of the passing of your wonderful husband. It is obvious Bob meant so much to so many in the Buffalo community. We often remember the winter you came to spend a few days with us in Arizona and the crazy “pajama night” with the guys wearing their Joe Boxer jammies! We will pray for you and your family. Peace and Blessings,
    Sandy and Randy Haegele

  28. Teresa & Steve Schumacher

    Dear Marge, Brad, Suzie and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know through our few get togethers with the Zrust’s that he took great pride and joy in his family and loved watching the kids play sports. Sending our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you all.

  29. Jason and Kathryn Topp

    Sending love to the whole Zrust family and my buddy Ted. Bob was a great man and created such a wonderful family that is so much fun to be around. Bob made sports cool, he made listening to sports radio cool, he made reading the sports page cool. If you were around him you were either talking or playing sports. He is and always will be a legend in Buffalo, Mn.

  30. heidi king and family

    brad sue and family Ted and kim and family-ive seen and talked to your dad over the years at many softball games. he was a great guy with great stories. so sorry for your loss.


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