The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to the McDonough family in the recent loss of Aimee’s father.
Robert Channer. May 13, 1930 – November 23, 2015 Age 85 of south Maplewood, MN. Minnesota teacher and administrator. Preceded in death by his newborn twin brother and parents Clifford and Margaret Channer. Survived by his wife Pat (59 years), two sons Steven (friend Theodora) and Mark (Kerri), two daughters Kristen (Troy) Peek and Aimee (James) McDonough, sister Jeri Hys (Jayson and Mali), 14 grandchildren, 11+ great-grandchildren and extended family members. He is also survived by lifelong friends Bill and Joy Ingman and family.
Bob was born in Williams Bay, WI. He attended Minnehaha Academy, Gustavus Adolphus College, Colorado State University and was a graduate of St. Cloud State University (BS) (where he met his wife, Pat) and the University of Minnesota (MA). He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War (1951-54) on the destroyer escort USS Taberer 418. He was a life member of VFW Post #9024, Woodbury. Bob taught and coached in New London, MN (1957-60), was principal of Dassel, MN High School (1960-68) and Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at South Saint Paul, MN from 1968 to 1989, when he retired.
He had a life-long passion for sports, was a skilled high school athlete, a member of the 1948-49 basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus, played baseball in the Willmar area in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, and was on a championship basketball team while in the Navy. He loved to play “bad” golf with friends. He followed professional sports teams, but the Minnesota Gophers were his favorites, regardless of the sport. He was especially interested in current politics and in theology. He served a term on the board of Minnehaha Academy (1948 graduate), was president of the New London Lions Club, a 3-year chairman of his townhouse association, an Presbyterian elder and a long-time member of M.A.S.S.P. (principals’ association). He was especially proud of his part in the development of the Honors Banquet & Scholarship program at South Saint Paul High School, which became one of the finest in the state of Minnesota. He made friends easily and was well-known to local merchants and restaurant personnel, met during his daily morning walks and breakfast stops. He will be missed.
Memorial service was held Monday, November 30th, at First Presbyterian Church, 535 20th Ave. S., South St. Paul, MN. Memorials preferred to Health East Hospice or South St. Paul Educational Foundation in lieu of flowers.
Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 29, 2015