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.