Robert Mahoney

Robert Mahoney

  • Funeral Date: 1/16/14
  • Funeral Time: 10:30AM
  • Date of Birth: 2/19/26
  • Date of Death: 1/13/14
  • Funeral Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Shieldsville

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.


  1. Susan Margherone

    Bob was the best story teller of our family. He always kept us entertained and laughing. He and Pat were road travel partners with Hertha and Fran (my mom and dad). They traveled the US and had many fun trips together.

    Bob gave so much to those around him. He was a kind and generous soul. Our world needs more people like Bob Mahoney to make it a better place to live in.

    Our sincere condolences to us all, Susan & Ed Margherone

  2. Lynn walker Curtis

    Uncle Bob was the last of the Mohicans–the last sweet man married to a Truax sister. When he was courting Aunt Pat, I, as a little gal , had a mad crush on that handsome navy man. He was always a sweet spirit, but tough taskmaster. He was under it all, a passionate soul and he will be missed.
    God speed, Uncle Bob. Your niece, Lynn.

  3. Lyle and Dorothy Knutsen

    We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of our beloved Uncle Bob.

    We have a copy of Bob’s book of poems and just recently read through some of it during the holiday season. He was immensely talented. Pat loved to talk about Bob’s poetry. She was so proud of him. We remember Pat referring to Bob as “Mahoney”.

    Lyle enjoyed hearing about the war from Bob and the many stories he had to tell.

    Pat and Bob often visited us when we lived in Rosemount and sometimes would bring Aunt Mabel along. So nice. We will always remember those days and cherish them.

    Lyle and Dorothy Knutsen

  4. Sincere Condolences to Kevin, Patrick, Dennis, Tim and Mark. I didn’t know your dad well, but whenever we met at family events, whether happy occasions or sad, he was always most gracious and thoughtful, a true gentleman in every respect. My brother, John, has said, “Uncle Bob was the last of the original Truax uncles and aunts.” – Cousin Jim Truax

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