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Robert Hammer Jr., 83

Robert Gordale Hammer Jr. was born May 2, 1930, in Dell Rapids, S.D., to Robert and Gladys Hammer. Jr. was a member of the United States Army, serving in the Artillery Division, and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jr. passed away in New Richmond, Wis., on June 25, 2013, at the age of 83.

On May 26, 1956, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Pearson in Flandreau, S.D. Following their marriage, they resided in Colman and Flandreau, S.D., and Westbrook, Minn. In 1963 they moved to a farm near Cazenovia, Minn., where Jr. worked at the Farmer's Co-op Elevator in Pipestone, Minn.

Jr. was a member of the Pipestone American Legion, Pipestone VFW, and Lake Benton American Legion. He enjoyed bowling on a Pipestone bowling league for many years and enjoyed fishing (although they always seemed to get away) and hunting (although he rarely fired his gun because they were all hens.) Jr. loved spending time with his family and friends, hanging out and "talking smart." He was a great storyteller with impeccable timing! He was kind, witty, and overall a great guy.

Jr. is survived by daughters Colleen Kay Hammer of Star Prairie, Wis., Barbara Jean Hammer of Slayton, Minn., Lisa Renae Hammer of Minneapolis, Minn.; son-in-law Keith Berg; granddaughters Clarissa Renae Hammer Berg, Anna Danielle Hammer Berg, Taylor Rose Hammer, and step-grandsons, Cory and Andy Haugen; brothers Gene Hammer (Joan) and Gary Hammer (Caroline); sisters Beverly Chamblin (Dick) and Darlene Holzaphel (Warren); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jr. was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brothers Glen Hammer, Dale Hammer, and Duane Hammer; and son-in-law Kent Haugen.

On behalf of the family, we wish to express our gratitude for your kindness of thought, word, and deed, and invite Jr.'s Wisconsin family and friends to a celebration of life starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, the Star Prairie Sports Bar. A visitation will also be held in Flandreau, S.D., on July 6.