Robert Schrunk, Jr., age 82, of Marshall, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at his home. Funeral Services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall, Minnesota. Interment will follow in the Lynd City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. A prayer service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Visitation will then continue one hour prior to the service, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, at the church.
Robert Rolland Schrunk Jr. was born December 30, 1939, in Tyler, Minnesota. He was the son of Robert Sr. and Bernice (Graffunder) Schrunk. He grew up in Lynd, Minnesota, and was baptized at the Lynd Methodist Church. Bob attended school in Lynd and graduated with the high school class of 1957. He went on to further his education at South Dakota State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. It was also in Brookings that he met his future wife, Ms. Esther Fauske. On December 8, 1962, Bob was united in marriage to Esther at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, Nebraska, where she was currently teaching. After graduation Bob entered the United States Navy and flew P-3 aircraft as a pilot for four years. After his naval service, the couple then moved to the farm outside of Marshall where they have resided since 1968. Bob enjoyed spending his life out on the farm. Bob and Esther raised four children and spent over 59 years of marriage together. He spent several years estate planning and selling insurance for AAL and AUL, while continuing to farm. Through an observation of a need, Bob launched a combine chopper repair business, which later transitioned into his tire business. He had an inspirational work ethic and never retired as he just enjoyed staying busy. Bob also served as a longtime member of the Lynd School Board and AGR agricultural fraternity. Bob adapted to a lot of changes over his lifetime, and he always did so with a positive outlook. He had a gift to talk to anybody and took a genuine interest in what they had to say. Bob had an insatiable quest for information, and always ended a conversation with a smile. He seemed to enjoy the hunt to find solutions to any problem many of which he would ponder on his long road trips while enjoying the scenery and farming out the window. When not working out in the yard, he enjoyed going to air shows and reading books on World War II Pacific Naval aviation history.
Robert Schrunk Jr. died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at his home. He reached the age of 82 years, 2 months, and 13 days. Blessed be his memory.
Bob is survived by his wife, Esther Schrunk of Marshall; 4 children, Caroline Chambers of Plymouth, Robb (and Oksana) Schrunk of Truman, Jennifer (and Andrew) Muser of Peyton, CO, Susan (and Aaron) Krenz of Marshall; 20 grandchildren, Marc, Barbara, Marie, Elena, James, Steven, Harmon, Abigail, Katherine, Matthew, Michael, Serena, Samuel, Jacob, Nathan, Sadia, Martin, William, Emilie, Evan; 2 great-grandchildren, Elliott and Sienna (and two more on the way); 3 siblings, Roberta (and Myrl) Lemberg of Virginia Beach, VA, Sandra (and Mark) Greenwood of Lynd, Daniel (and Susan) Schrunk of Marshall; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Bernice Schrunk; granddaughter, Anna; and son-in-law, Eric Chambers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Samuel Lutheran School or an organization of the donor’s choice.