Bob Schlinkert celebrates 90th with children
Being an avid Twins fan for more years than most can remember, Bob Schlinkert of Mobridge was treated on Sept. 29 to a special birthday gift by his daughter and granddaughter, Marcia and Kim Kempton of Rosholt, S.D., and Sara and Matt Brunner of Maple Grove, Minn. They took him to Target Field in Minneapolis for the afternoon game against the Detroit Tigers.
The game was only part of the birthday package for this World War II veteran who turned 90 on Oct. 1. When the game was over, Twins lost 6-4, and they arrived at the Brunner residence, Bob’s two older daughters, Eunice and Bill Hanson of Oceanside, Calif., and Junia and Doug Meyer of Willow Lake, S.D., were there with a dinner and cake. After dinner, Bill Hanson presented Bob with a custom made shadow box depicting his time and service during World War II. The flag in the shadow box was flown over the campus of Luther College at Decorah, Iowa, on Aug. 25 to commemorate the day in 1943 that Bob left the United States for the European theater. Bill thanked Bob for his service, saying that because of guys like him we do not speak German or Japanese. He also tried on his IKE jacket, which fit almost perfectly after 70 years.
Unable to attend the celebration were Naomi and Roy Deegan of Lakeway, Texas, Paula and Eugene Holzer of Mobridge and David Schlinkert of Rapid City.