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Robert "Bob" C. Sanford, 75, of St. Cloud died Monday, July 7, 2014 at his residence in St. Cloud.

Bob was born Feb. 17, 1939 in Park Rapids to Chester and Mathilda (Knaack) Sanford.

He married Kathleen Kirchberg Aug. 29, 1997.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army for over 20 years until his retirement in 1976. He also worked as an irrigation contractor, owning and operating his own business. He was a member of Westwood Community Church and the Waite Park Legion Post 428.

Bob loved golfing, fishing, hunting, traveling and camping. He often could be found in the hobby shops around town with his good friend Doug, as it was said to be his second home. When Bob wasn't in the hobby shops he could be found modeling RC planes and driving his cherished classic red Ford Ranchero with white dice hanging on the rearview mirror. Bob loved spending time with his family; especially supporting his grandchildren in their sporting events. He will be dearly missed.

Bob is survived by his children, Bob (Sharyl) Sanford of Menahga, Trish (Scott) Peterson of Fargo, N.D., Brian (Cynthia) Kirchberg of Bradenton, Fla., Julie (Chris) Laxson of Frederick, Colo., Jillian (Drew Langston) Kirchberg of Inver Grove Heights; siblings, Don (Jan) Sanford of Phoenix, Ariz., Carol (Larry) Crose of Hitterdahl, Sharon Williams of Batesville, Alaska, Maureen "Reenie" Hensel of Park Rapids; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Kathleen; siblings, Betty, Dorothy and George.

Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud. Pastor Steve Schoepf will officiate.

Visitation: 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Burial: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Memorials are preferred to The Wounded Warriors Project or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Online obituary, guestbook and video tribute is available at