Robert Philip Lenarz, age 73, of Saint cloud, died on November 2, 2016. He pre-arranged his own funeral: he wished to be cremated and immediately interred at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery next to Camp Ripley in Little Falls.

Robert was born on June 27, 1943 to Arthur and Lenore (Rademacher) Lenarz. He grew up in St. Martin and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1961.  In August of 1961, Robert  joined the United States Army and his last year of service was spent in Vietnam.  He was a life member of VFW Post 428; he was also a member of the American Legion, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Moose Lodge #1400.  Robert retired from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, St. Cloud Reformatory on July 7, 1998, after 26 years of state service.  Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing,  and spending time with his hunting and fishing friends.  He passionately loved the great outdoors.

Robert is survived by his three children; Greg (Theresa) Lenarz of Sartell, MN; Jill Lenarz of Clearwater, FL;  and William (Jessie) Lenarz of River Falls, WI; his five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law Angie Lenarz of Cambridge, MN; and Madeline “Fritz” Lenarz of Little Falls, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Lenore, his siblings Roger, Betty Jane, Ralph, Gerald, David, Art J., Leroy, and Gregory.