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Robert "Bob" Boeckman, 88

Robert "Bob" Boeckman, age 88, of Farmington, Minn. passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Bob was born on Oct. 1, 1927, in Jordan, Minn. He left Jordan at age 17 to join the U.S. Navy and serve in the South Pacific during World War II. After the U.S. Navy he returned home to earn his high school diploma. Then while attending college at Winona State University he joined the Army National Guard and was called to active duty in 1950 to serve in the Korean War.

After his military duty, he graduated from Winona State in 1951 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. In 1959 he earned a Master's degree in School Administration from North Dakota State University.

In 1953, Bob married his dream girl, Shirley Laabs, in Winona, Minn.

His first education job was in 1952 in Phelps, Wis. as an elementary and secondary teacher and baseball and basketball coach. He maintained friendships with his Phelps students until his death. From 1955-1959 he worked as principal and industrial arts and social studies teacher in Goodridge, Minn. Bob then served from 1959-1966 in the Eden Valley, Minn. school district, first as principal and then superintendent. In 1966 he became the school superintendent in the Arlington-Green Isle, Minn. school district.

From 1969 until his retirement in 1989, Bob was the school superintendent in Farmington, Minn. During his tenure with the growing district he had many lasting accomplishments. He oversaw the construction of what was then Farmington's high school. That building is now called Robert Boeckman Middle School, one of his greatest honors.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley; their four children, Rebecca, Robert, Debra and Holly; and his sister, Martha Buss.

At Bob's request, his children will hold a private memorial to honor and remember him.