Robert L. ‘Bob’ Kabe

BLUE EARTH – Robert L. “Bob” Kabe, age 83, of Blue Earth, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Nicollet Place in Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Wesley Hafner officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Visitation will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of memorial donation to UHD Hospice.

He was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Emerald Township, Minn., the son of William and Caroline (Ahrens) Kabe. He was raised in the Blue Earth and Frost areas where he graduated from Blue Earth High School in the late 1940s. He farmed with his father during the 1950s and ’60s in Emerald Township. In 1965, he moved to Blue Earth and soon became the custodian at the Faribault County Courthouse. In 1988, he changed jobs and was then the car wash attendant at Blue Earth Auto and Truck Stop until 2011. While he worked in different capacities through the years, Bob’s passion was farming and he always wanted to visit about farming related topics. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and later St. Paul Lutheran Church where he served as church usher for over 40 years. He routinely enjoyed breakfast and coffee with the Country Kitchen morning group.

Bob is survived by his nephews, Roger (Nancy) Kabe of Mason City, Iowa, Steven (Barbara) Kabe of Madison, Wis., and Neil Kabe of Fairmont; niece, Kathy Engman (special friend, Jim Droegemueller) of Fairmont; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wayne Kabe; and an infant sister.