Robert L. Sexe

Robert L. Sexe

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Robert Leonard Sexe, age 93, passed peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz., after a short illness, with his daughter Kathy at his side. A service will be held at a later date in Fairmont.

Bob was born July 17, 1926, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Leonard Sexe and Lottie (Brooker) Sexe. He attended elementary school in Fairmont. In 1943, he graduated from Beaver Creek High School in western Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Navy in Harrisburg, Pa., but was never on a ship. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in agriculture and from Mankato State College with degrees in education and educational administration.

On Aug. 29, 1953, he married Edna Anderson in Fairmont, where they resided and raised their daughter Kathryn. Bob worked briefly as a farmer. (His father and wife both told him he was no good at it). He went on to become a reporter and photographer for the Fairmont Sentinel, and then a teacher and principal in the Fairmont Public Schools.

He retired in 1989. In 1991, he and Edna purchased a home in a golfing community in Chandler, Ariz., where they spent winters enjoying their long-time hobby. He accumulated five aces during his golfing “career” – none of which resulted from “blind luck.” Bob also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and rooting for the Cardinals, Twins and Vikings. He was once dealt the perfect hand in cribbage.

He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Chain Lake Masonic Lodge, Interlaken Golf Club and various community service clubs.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Stephen Salomone of Prescott, Ariz.; his brother, Arnold Sexe and his wife, Elna, of Worthington Minn.; sister-in-law, Sylvia Isenberg of Fairmont; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna in 1999.

Bob was a quiet man who was loved by his family and was well respected by the community, his students, and his many friends.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church and/or local charities of the donor’s choice.