Robert “Bob” L. Soyett

OBITUARY - Robert "Bob" L. Soyett

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Robert “Bob” L. Soyett, 78

Clear Lake

December 25, 1934 –October 6, 2013

                                    Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Becker, Minnesota for Robert “Bob” L. Soyett, 78, who died Sunday at the Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud.  Pastor Harvey Ehlers will officiate.   Friends and relatives may call after 9:00 AM on Saturday at the Funeral Home in Becker. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Becker. 

                                    Bob was born in Minneapolis on December 25, 1934 to Stanley Louis and Maryland Florence (Hart) Soyett.  He married Joanne Huehn on August 24, 1963 in Minneapolis.  They lived in Coon Rapids and Ramsey before moving to Clear Lake (Big Elk Lake) in 1995.  Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Bob worked at a carpet warehouse and later for Bemis Company until his retirement.  He and Joanne were leaders of an Operation Minnesota Nice group in Clearwater and had “adopted” 19 soldiers during that time.

                  Bob enjoyed music, especially traditional blue grass music and enjoyed learning to play his banjo. He enjoyed spending time tinkering and working on cars and electronics.  He was a do it yourself kind of guy.  Bob loved to go out to dinner with Joanne and friends  His favorite meals  were shrimp with French fries or fritter nugget French toast from Nelson Bros.  He enjoyed playing Santa Claus during the holiday season making visits to area care centers and nursing homes.  He loved to read books, especially books involving real-life mysteries, ghost stories, treasure hunting, metal detecting, guns of the old west, civil war, but did like to read fiction books.  Bob was an avid fisherman spending time fishing up north and at home on Big Elk Lake.  He was a generous man who always was willing to help out a neighbor or friend.  He was known for having the part you needed if you couldn’t find it at the hardware store.  He liked to go to the warehouse stores and factory outlets and buy parts for someone who “might need it someday”. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Joanne of Clear Lake; faithful dog, Mai Tiara; brothers and sisters, Mary Ann (Herbert) Adams of Brook Park, Thomas (Ione) Soyett of Brainerd, Maryland Soyett of Shoreview;  brother in-laws, Rev Burgess (Janice) Huehn of Eau Claire, WI, Jay Huehn of St. Cloud, Todd (Patty) Huehn of Blaine;  and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Stanley and mother and father in law, Otto and June Huehn.

Memorials are preferred.



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