Gartner, Robert Lea 72, of Apple Valley, died January 3, 2017. He was born September 10, 1944 in Austin, MN to Martin A. and Dorothy M. (Evans) Gartner. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved uncle, Robert E. Evans. Bob grew up on a farm near Waltham, MN and graduated from Hayfield High School. His attendance at Mankato State College was interrupted by service in the USAF, as a programmer based in Washington, DC. He returned to MSC, graduating in 1970. He spent the next 30+ years as a programmer / systems analyst for various companies. After retiring, Bob worked on his "bucket list." He enjoyed living vicariously through his children's accomplishments and travels, attending his grandchildren's sports, concerts, and other activities. Bob also enjoyed frequent trips to Disney World and Hawaii. He enjoyed reading science fiction, especially the Honorverse series, which lead him to join the book club of The Royal Manticoran Navy. Bob added its conventions to his list of travels, and made many great friends. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carmen; daughter, Christina (Jeff Larson) Larson; son, David (Mandy Hasslen) Gartner; grandchildren, Claire and Anna Larson, Eoghan and Finn Gartner; favorite sister, Linda Green; many nieces, nephews and in-laws. My friends: "So long, it's been good to know you but I've got to be traveling along!" Memorial service will be at The Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 Co. Rd. 42 E, Burnsville, MN 55306, on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11 am, with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Parkinson's or Cancer research. White Funeral Homes 952-432-2001 whitefuneralhomes.com
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