On June 25, 2019, Bob’s 5½-year battle with cancer ended when his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ swooped down and carried him off the battlefield and into God’s presence in heaven.
Born to Francis (Bud) and Leone Currier Mack on Sept. 5, 1950, Bob lived in Kasson, graduating in 1968 from Kasson-Mantorville High School. On Dec. 27, 1969, he married Marilyn French. Together they had three children — Rob, Robyn and Andy.
His love of God and family was far greater than any other accomplishment in his life. Attending his childrens’ and 10 grandchildrens’ events and special occasions, from sports to dance to church and school programs and birthday celebrations, were what he loved most.
He also loved to do God’s work, especially senior high student mission trips. He and Marilyn organized and helped lead many teams over the past 26 years, including trips to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Haiti, West Virginia, Houston, New Orleans, Toronto and New York City. His passion was to show Jesus’ love in practical ways like construction and vacation Bible schools and to make sure people understood God’s vast love for them.
Bob was our handyman. He could build or fix anything and if he didn’t know how, he’d ask until he found someone who would tell him how to do it. He remodeled and helped build his sons’ and daughter’s houses as well as his own. It was a difficult day when he had to take his car to a garage to be fixed instead of being able to do it himself.
He was also an avid Twins and Vikings fan, even in those losing seasons. But he was a larger fan of his children and grandchildren. He spent many years coaching football, baseball and softball, and when not coaching, he was cheering from the bleachers.
Bob worked at IBM for 30 years, mostly in the purchasing organization. He retired so he could work at Celestica. After Celestica closed, he worked at smaller companies until he went to work at CTG where he again worked on IBM projects for the past 15 years.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; children Rob Mack of Lebanon, Mo., Robyn (David) Terpstra of Rochester, and Andy (Selena) Mack of Meridian, Idaho; his precious grandchildren, Kamryn, Karyssa, and Kaitlyn Mack, Jonathan, Benjamin, Aaron and Elizabeth Terpstra, and Elias, Karsten and Keziah Mack; brothers David (Hilda) Mack of Davie, Fla., and John (Karla) Mack of Pelzer, S.C.; sister-in-law Karen Gonzagowski of Merritt Island, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother James (Jim) Gonzagowski and his four prematurely born grandchildren who are now bouncing on their Bapa’s knee in heaven.
The family especially want to thank Bob’s Mayo Clinic doctors, Rachel Eiring, Robert McWilliams, Kellie Mathis, Juan Bowen, Robert McBain and many others, including the special nurses on Gonda 10, and the Mayo Clinic Hospice staff who were so helpful, kind and gentle so he could enjoy his last month at home.
A Celebration Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, with the Rev. Dr. Dan Farm officiating. Also assisting the family will be Pastors Karen Foster and Woody Roland. Visitation will be Friday, July 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Timothy Chapel of Autumn Ridge Church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday in the main sanctuary. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
All memorials given to the family will be put toward building a chapel in a village in the Dominican Republic the summer of 2020 in honor of Bob.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kasson, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.