Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Robert A. Propf, Jr., was born Feb. 7, 1921 in Baltimore. He passed away on May 5, 2009 following an auto accident while visiting friends in Oklahoma City.
During World War II he was a pilot for General “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After his discharge, he returned to the University of Maryland. He joined Hormel Foods in April 1950, retiring after 33 years in March 1983 as director of corporate transportation and distribution.
In 1984 he and his wife, Betty, moved to The Villages at San Jose, Calif. Betty preceded him in death in December 2007.
Betty and Bob are survived by sons, Richard, Dallas, Texas and Robert, Minneapolis; grandsons, David, Eugene, Ore. and Steven, St. Cloud, Minn.; two great-grandsons from Eugene.
A memorial of Bob’s life was observed at the Vineyard Center at The Villages on June 24, 2009. An interment ceremony was held July 10, 2009 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, where Betty is also interred.