Robert Joseph Mahoney was born on February 19, 1926, in Forest Township, Rice County, Minnesota, to Arthur and Grace (Hagerty) Mahoney. He graduated from Northfield High School in 1943 and served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1945. He married Patricia D. Truax in the chapel at the Cathedral of St. Paul on August 27, 1945. After marriage, they lived in various communities, including Minneapolis, Fargo, Chicago and Nashville. Robert was a salesperson for Honeywell and owned and operated the Hickory Hollow Inn in Nashville. After retirement, the couple moved to Sarasota, Florida, and then Minneapolis. They returned to Northfield in 2004. Patricia passed away on March 23, 2006.
Bob was a member of the Church of St. Dominic, the Northfield VFW and the Northfield American Legion. He enjoyed writing poetry and had a book of his poems. Bob was a man of warmth and integrity with family being the center of his life.
Survivors include 5 sons: Kevin and wife Celia of Antioch, Tennessee, Patrick and wife Marianne of Arvada, Colorado, Dennis and wife Candy of Minneapolis, Tim of St. Paul, Mark and wife Roberta Dailey of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren: Vicente, Sampaguita (Adam) Wright, Kelly, Ryan (Leah), Shannon, Shaun, Tim Jr., Sarah (Bryan) Sanborn, Lee, Molly, Mark and Jack; four great grand-grandchildren: Grant, Lily, Liam and Kate; 2 sisters Mary Halvorsen of Wabash, Indiana, Bernedette Kiel of St. Paul; companion, Betty Younger of Northfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his daughter Kathryn in 2012, his parents, one brother Thomas, and 5 sisters Margaret, Rita, Therese, Patti and Emily.
Bob passed away with his family by his side on Monday afternoon, January 13, 2014, at the Three Links Care Center, at the age of 87.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM, Thursday, January 16, 2014, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Shieldsville. Interment with Military Honors will be in St. Patrick’s Church Cemetery. Shieldsville. Casket bearers will be Kevin, Patrick, Dennis, Vicente, Ryan and Shaun Mahoney. Visitation will be 4-6PM Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com