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Robert “Bob” Lanoue, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora.  He was 85 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 21st at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and again 1 hour prior to the service at the church.


ROSARY SERVICE will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday.

INTERMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.

MEMORIALS  are preferred in lieu of flowers to Mora Dollars for Scholars or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for Robert. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.

Robert Francis Lanoue, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 85 years old.

Robert “Bob” was born on July 29, 1935 on the family farm in Milroy, Minnesota to parents Camille and Mary (Jacob) Lanoue. He graduated from high school on May 28, 1953. He graduated from Mankato State Teachers College May 31, 1957 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and majors in both Science and Industrial Arts. It was during his final year at Mankato that he courted Elizabeth Clara Bakker. They married on August 20, 1957 at St. Dionysius in Tyler, MN and lovingly added six children to their family. They remained married for 45 years until Elizabeth “Betty” lost her battle with cancer. He found companionship with a lovely widow from church and married Judith “Judy” Hunt in 2009.

Bob taught in several schools and earned a Masters in Secondary School Administration from St. Thomas in 1962 leading to a career of school administration. He took classes through Bemidji State College and University of MN and earned certificates in Civil Defense, Principles of Guidance, and in Nuclear Science and Radioisotope Techniques. He moved to Mora, MN in 1972 to become the Junior High principal. He took a one year sabbatical to get a Specialist Degree in Administration from St. Thomas in 1982 and returned the following year as the Mora High School Principal. He retired from education in August, 1994.

Bob was very active in his church and local community. He became a member of the Knights of Columbus at age 18. He served as a member of the Fourth Degree, as District Deputy, as Grand Knight, and on the K of C State Student Loan Board for many years. Bob was a talented craftsman and as an active member of the Mora Lion’s Club spearheaded the building of the Vasaloppet Bell Tower and the Lion’s Park picnic shelter and adjacent children’s park. He was a long-time and active Board member for both the Vasaloppet and Paradise Theater Boards. He was a founding member of the theater board after volunteering over 1200 hours to rejuvenate the building.

Bob enjoyed many hobbies including bowling, hunting, fishing, playing cards, travelling, and gardening. His desire to farm was ever present as evidenced by a huge yard and garden. His main hobby, carpentry, was also a source of supplemental income. His children and grandchildren were recipients of many beautiful gifts handcrafted by Bob. A struggle with Parkinson’s slowly took away his ability to measure accurately and build with his hands.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Elizabeth; siblings, Leonard (Lorraine and Rosella), Joseph, Alice (George) Laleman, Adeline (Ray) Muelebroeck, Agnes Thooft, Dennis, Arlene McCoy; sister-in-law Mary Lanoue.

Robert is survived by his wife Judy; children, Craig (Mary Kay), Denise Olson, Lori (Mike) Bourgoine, Michele (Mark) Griffin, Becky (Doug) Heitkamp, and Bruce (Robin) Balder-Lanoue; 15 grandchildren, Christopher, John, Daniel, Bethany, Emily, Michael, Andrew, Aimee, Kelsey (Lee), Matthew, Kate (Jack), Claire, Ryan (Delaney), Karl, and Paige; brothers, George, Vincent (Jeanette), Ernest (Liz); brother-in-law E.R. “Gene” Thooft; Judy’s 3 children, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren; as well as countless nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

14 thoughts on “ROBERT LANOUE”

  1. So sorry for your loss. Bob was such a positive voice for kids and education. The whole family has our condolences.

  2. One of the best from the remarkable Milroy High School class of 1953. Great memories of the last 79 years. My sympathy to ALL the Lanoues.

  3. We are very sorry yo hear of the passing of Bob. Our condolences to the whole family.

  4. Bob was such a kind hearted man who helped me feel at ease even when I was called into his office as a principal. Becky and family – you have my deepest sympathy!

  5. Rest In Peace Bob. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. May your memories bring you peace.

    Lynette & Rex Nowlan

  6. Condolences and prayers to the Lanoue family. They were one of my neighbors growing up and Bruce was an 85′ grad.

  7. Hugs and prayers for comfort and peace to each of you Lanoue kids. I have such fond childhood memories with the many sleepovers Bob and Betty allowed in your home. Hamburger dinners, all the popcorn I could ever desire, watching old family videos,performing SNL skits, playing spin the bottle, cleaning up the football field area on Saturday mornings, and the list goes on. Bob and Betty always seemed to embrace our chaos somehow. I imagine Betty right now welcoming Bob to heaven with open arms and that beautiful smile she was blessed with. Thank you all for these memories, may you cling to each other during this trying time and know so many are praying for you in the days weeks and months ahead.

  8. You have our deepest sympathy in your recent loss! May your happy memories keep him close in your hearts! Prayers for all. RIP, Bob.

    Linda and Alan Andersen

  9. Mr. Lanoue was a terrific man. Remember him with smiles in your hearts.

    Barb (Naumann) Poundstone

  10. Although we never got to meet Bob, my family and I feel so blessed to be living in the house he raised his family in. I felt such a positive and beautiful energy when I first walked in the house I knew I wanted to raise my family in it. My husband, our three children, and I love our new house, huge yard, beautiful gardens, and all the wonderful woodwork Bob put in the house. My thoughts and prayers go out to Judy, Bob’s children, and grandchildren.


  11. Our deepest sympathy to all the family of Bob Lanoue. We thought so much of all of you and wish we could have been there to tell you all in person but we were on a trip to CA to see our grandkids. Hugs to all of including Judy. Bob will be missed.

  12. Condolences to the Lanoue family. Bob was a positive influence on many lives throughout his years at MHS and will be remembered fondly by many. RIP.
    Sue (Rufener) Walton

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