Robert Mensing, 88, a lifelong resident of Rochester area, died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he spent the last week in hospice care.

He was born June 10, 1924, at the family farm outside of Pine Island, the second son of Arthur and Bertha Mensing, and farmed with his family during his youth. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1941. He met Darleen Freeman of Spring Valley while rollerskating in Stewartville. They were united in marriage on June 1, 1947, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. The couple made their home in Rochester midway between their family homes in Pine Island and Spring Valley.

Very soon after their engagement, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for service during World War II, and served in the French and German theaters. Following World War II he returned to the Rochester area to raise his family. He was employed in the construction industry, including employment with the Rundell and Kruse Lumber Companies. In 1950, he was recalled to service in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was injured during exercises and honorably discharged. He was honored for his service by participating in the Honors Flight to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans in 2012.

Following his last tour of duty he returned to Rochester, and was employed for 34 years by Weis Builders and Alexander Construction. He was also a policeman for a brief time for the City of Rochester. He again returned to his favorite career, that of building homes in Rochester, until he suffered a career ending injury. He then decided to pursue his passion for building things by attending Rochester Community College and Mankato State College in architectural drafting. He worked in drafting with Weichselbaum Architects and later as a building inspector for CMS.

His retirement was very gradual and included working part-time for the State of Minnesota as a rest stop attendant on Interstate 90 near Eyota for several years. He also helped his children with building projects of all kinds in the Rochester area. In retirement he also enjoyed camping, square dancing, gardening, caring for his pet cats and dogs, and playing with his grandchildren.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester.

He is survived by his wife, Darleen; four children, Linda (James) Tripplett of Amherst, Mass., Gareth (Sharon) Mensing of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Candace Mensing of Rochester, and Wendy (Wayne) Mehrkens of St. Charles; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leona (Bob) Anderson of Kiester, Minn., and Evelyn Egland of Albert Lea; and one sister-in-law, Erma Mensing of the Pine Island area. He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Mensing and one brother-in-law, Milford Egland.

A funeral service was Saturday, May 4, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Fred Rengstorf officiating and burial in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley. Military honors were provided by the Spring Valley VFW.

Memorials are preferred to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester, was in charge of arrangements.