Robert John Rennicke, “Bobby John”, age 32 of Perham, MN passed away April 1, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND. Robert passed away in the arms of his dad and sister Rachel, his sister Kate with him by way of FaceTime, with his music playing and his faithful Raffi Giraffi in his arms. Robert was born July 4, 1987 in Warren, MN to his parents John and Rebecca (Sloth) Rennicke. Robert was a graduate of Perham High School and following his standing ovation, as he walked across the graduation stage, he retired with his dad to do whatever he wanted for the rest of his life.
From Robert’s birth until his death he was, and still is, the center of his family’s world. Robert loved water, being on the lake fishing, going for boat rides, and swimming at the beach or pool. Robert loved music and always had his music playing. Robert loved cooking-in-the-kitchen time and swinging in the kitchen looking out at his animals and lights put up outside his windows. Robert loved being outside in his yard during the summer, playing with the water, watering the flowers, swinging, helping with the garden, having yard parties, and gathering around the bonfire. Robert loved to swing at the park, go to the turtle races and trolley rides, watch the parades, go to the carwash and after, stop at Dairy Queen for hot fudge sundaes. Robert loved animals, zoos and watching his zoo shows. Robert loved SpongeBob SquarePants, The Price Is Right, and Wheel of Fortune. Robert loved hockey and football and having sports time sitting side-by-side with his dad in their chairs, watching the games and cheering every time somebody scored. Robert loved having video game parties, Mario Kart time and cheering for strikes in Wii Sports-Bowling. Robert loved playing with his toys, color crayons, ball buckets, books, having tubby time, rocking in his chair, bossing everyone around, and taking care of his puppies. Robert loved singing, dancing, clapping, opening presents, and snuggling. Robert loved Santa and Christmas, his or anybody’s birthday, Easter, Halloween, and each and every holiday he could celebrate. Robert loved having his family with him and celebrating and having parties together. Robert loved being silly and funny and sneaky; he loved making people smile and laugh. Robert always wanted everyone happy and together. Robert has always been a true angel, a gift from God, and a worker for Jesus. He has changed the lives of everyone who ever met him for the better. The world is truly a better place because of him.
One of Robert’s greatest achievements was helping to pave the way for individuals with cognitive disabilities to be given organ transplants. Those wishing to give a memorial donation in his name can donate to the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, in Rochester, MN.
We would also like to take this time to thank tremendously the many teams at Mayo Clinic, Gillette Children’s Hospital, Perham Health, Essentia Health-Fargo, Sanford Dialysis in Detroit Lakes, and Sanford Medical Center in Fargo who loved and took such great care of our Robert over the years.
Robert is survived by his dad John Rennicke of Perham, MN; his four sisters Rachel, Kate, Margaret, and Erica; his two nieces Grace and Elizabeth; his two brothers-in-law Mike and Zak; his many cousins and uncles; and his aunt Kiki, his kidney buddy. Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents Arthur and Gladys Sloth and his mother Rebecca Lynn Rennicke.
Robert never stopped looking for his mom following her death and Rebecca’s biggest fear at the time of her death was worrying about Robert being taken care of; now Robert and his mom are together again in heaven and are busy getting things ready for when they can be reunited with the rest of their family.
Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, there will be a private family viewing for Robert at Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service on Monday, April 6, 2020 followed by a private graveside service at the Perham City Cemetery. A video of the graveside service will be uploaded to Robert’s virtual obituary website for his family and friends to be able to view. Then, Robert’s family is hoping to hold a celebration of life ceremony for Robert on his birthday, July 4th should COVID-19 circumstances allow for this. Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com