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November 18, 1919 – Saturday, November 22, 2014

Service Information
United Methodist Church in Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
1:30 P.M.

Visitation Information
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
12 Noon till time of Service

Robert Charles Maehling, 95, of Buffalo, died on Saturday, November 22nd at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He was born on November 18, 1919 on the farm south of Buffalo, and a couple of years later, moved to the home farm 2-1/2 miles east of Buffalo on the St. Michael road. He had two sisters, Jean Kobbe and Janet Hinderager.

He lived on the family farm all his life, jointly farming with his father for 18 years, until his death in June 1959. He attended the Kobbe Grade School, and in 1937, graduated from Buffalo High School with 56 kids in his class. He was confirmed and baptized in the Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

On August 26, 1944, he was united in marriage with Althea Mary Abel at the Buffalo United Methodist Church. To this union, three children were born, Judy, Linda and Kevin. Bob and Althea farmed on the family farm east of Buffalo until 1992, when it was sold. They kept out acreage to build their retirement home. He lived there until after the death of his wife on November 25, 2002, when he moved to his Village Place Apartment in Buffalo.

He especially enjoyed “babysitting,” having the grandkids come and spend summer days in earlier years, and in later years, seeing his great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed Tuesday night dinners at his daughter’s, where he was able to see some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and interact with them. He loved having coffee with his “cronies” at Cub Foods. He loved playing cards, including euchre, 500 and Scheisskopf, and visiting with friends.

He also was interested in what was going on in your life. He always asked, “Any news today?” His memory was excellent, leaving a lasting legacy to his family, remembering what his life was like growing up and living on the farm. He loved angel food cake made from scratch with white frosting, ice cream and glorified rice.

He remembered purchasing a steel wheeled tractor in 1927, and that they were one of the first farmers in the area to drive a tractor with rubber tires on it. The implement dealer asked if they would try it out, and they advertised it so farmers could come to watch. They thought it would have no traction, but they were wrong. They were the first ones with a barn cleaner in 1941.

He loved to travel, and especially enjoyed going to Arizona with his son in the winter for a vacation and getting away from the cold and snow. He also enjoyed spending time at his daughter’s lake cabin every summer.

He said his triumphs were to build a new home on the southwest corner of the farm, and owning a Cadillac. His advice to future generations: learn, live and remember. Save you money. Remember your mistakes, so they don’t happen again. Put your heart into what you are doing. You have to like what you are doing, or you won’t be a success. His only regret was that he didn’t have a brother, so he confided in his wife Althea a lot. Favorite sayings were, “It’s something to do.”

He was always interested in the weather and what the farmers were doing, and how the crops were. He said “I may look young on the outside, but the inside wears out.” He loved to visit, loved reading the paper, including the financial page. He loved going to the River Inn in Hanover for their steak sandwich or ribs. He loved having you take him for a ride in the countryside so he could see what new things the farmers were doing, and how the crops looked.

He is survived by: his daughters, Judy (Kenneth) Klatt, Linda (Deane) Zimmerman of Moorhead; son, Kevin (Rita) Maehling of Plymouth; seven grandchildren, Donald and Nathan (Alecia) Klatt, Melissa (Nick) Ungaro, Melanie (Tom) Miller, Heather (Matt) Spessard, Abbey Zimmerman and Krista Maehling; great-grandchildren, Gerhard, Sebastyn and Theodore Ungaro, Owen Klatt, Charlie and Nolan Miller, Isabelle, Olivia, Skyler, Sidney and Jack Spessard; a sister, Janet Hinderager; also many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Althea; parents, Leo and Anna Maehling; sister, Jean (Arnold) Kobbe; granddaughter-in-law, Michelle Klatt.

Funeral service for Robert were held at the Buffalo United Methodist church on Tuesday, November 25, with visitation starting at 12:00 noon and service at 1:30 p.m. There will be a private internment at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.

Casket bearers were Bob’s seven grandchildren, Donald, Nathan, Melissa, Melanie, Heather, Abby and Krista.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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