Robert D. ‘Bob’ Bandel — Rochester

ROCHESTER — A memorial service for Robert D. "Bob" Bandel will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Rochester, with the Revs. Terje Hausken and Deborah Bandel officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery, with military honors.

Mr. Bandel, 77, of Rochester, died Sunday (Feb. 18, 2007) at Madonna Towers.

Born July 20, 1929, in Rochester, he graduated from Rochester High School in 1947 and attended Rochester Junior College for two years. From 1949 to 1952 he was a truck driver for Gamble and Robinson Co., of Rochester. He married Joyce L. Miller on July 23, 1949, in Rochester at the First Christian Church.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in Korea and Japan, acquiring various ribbons and medals. Following his service he attended Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington D.C., from 1954 to 1956. Beginning in 1956 he worked for IBM in Kingston, N.Y.; Battle Creek, Mich.; and Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He transferred to Rochester in 1966, retiring in 1991 after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Congregational Church, UCC for more than 40 years and was active in the choir and various committees. A former member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, he enjoyed music, hunting, fishing, handiwork, woodworking, photography, studying genealogy and personal computer projects.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Diane (Joseph) Padrutt of Marshall, Wis.; a son, Warren (Ellington) of Rochester; a sister, Bereith (Jack Burns) Lemon of Payson, Ariz.; and two brothers, Vern (Deloris) of Fridley, Minn., and Forest "Buster" (Beverly) of Waverly, Minn. Other survivors include a grandson, Eric Padrutt. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Joanne; and two brothers, Newton and Wayne.


Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Congregational Church Music Department.

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