Obituary for Robert Tuma

Robert J. (Bob) Tuma, 76, of Lonsdale, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2017. Bob was born to John and Ludmilla (Kalina) Tuma on November 13, 1940, during the Armistice Day blizzard in the home he had lived in for all of his 76 years. He graduated from New Prague High School in 1958, and took over the family farm shortly thereafter. He then met and married the love of his life, Claudia (Hubbard), on September 1, 1972. Throughout their yearly years, they welcomed three children, Robert Miles, MaryAnn, and Michael John. Bob was a beloved lifelong member […]

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Robert J. (Bob) Tuma, 76, of Lonsdale, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2017.

Bob was born to John and Ludmilla (Kalina) Tuma on November 13, 1940, during the Armistice Day blizzard in the home he had lived in for all of his 76 years. He graduated from New Prague High School in 1958, and took over the family farm shortly thereafter. He then met and married the love of his life, Claudia (Hubbard), on September 1, 1972. Throughout their yearly years, they welcomed three children, Robert Miles, MaryAnn, and Michael John.
Bob was a beloved lifelong member of the community. Bob was an avid DFL supporter, and through his passion for politics, he became involved by participating on community boards such as the Webster Township Board, New Prague School Board, and eventually as Rice County Commissioner. In his later years, Bob enjoyed driving school bus for ISD #196 and returned to farming and family life.

Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Claudia and his three children, Robert M. (Angela) of Prior Lake; MaryAnn (Christopher) of Lonsdale; and Michael of Burnsville, and his three beautiful grandchildren, whom he loved more than anything in the world, Elizabeth (12), Grace (12), and Alexis (11). He is also survived by his siblings, Marion (Ellard) Trnka and Leonard (Betty) Tuma and many nieces and nephews.

Bob’s greatest gift to us all during his 76 years was his devotion to his family and friends. His love and character will always be the best gift to us all. Blessed be his memory.

Visitation will be 3:00-7:00PM, Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Funeral services will be 10:30AM, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday starting at 9:30AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center or Domaci Inc. (Domaci Dancers and Czech Heritage Junior Royalty.)

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

July 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Church of St. Dominic - Northfield
104 Linden St N Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

July 10, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 7:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Leah Baker

    I am honored to have been friends with Bob. He loved life and lived it for his family. I saw him laugh and cry with joy. Last October 2016, I traveled with Bob and Claudia and my mother Pat Baker as the “Senior Group” to Czech Republic. We were joined by Maryann and Grace Tumasmith and Robert Jr. (The youthful group, with phones and GPS.) How wonderful to experience the Homeland and visit villages of our heritage and see it thru his eyes.I also enjoyed various local Czech events and groups with the Tuma’s. It was fun to go “fishing” at any given moment and enjoy scenic routes Bob would take. Sharing similar DFL views and sense of humor made for all day laughter. Thank you for the opportunity to have shared a little slice of Tuna-time. Rest in peace my friend, watch over your family and know you made a powerful difference to so very many people.

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