Bobby Joe Viker, 54, of Rochester, passed away on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, after a long-fought struggle with an illness. With loved ones by his side, he passed away peacefully at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. Mr. Viker was born on Nov. 30, 1961, to Norman and Verda Viker. He was raised in Rock Dell and eventually moved to Rochester to live the rest of his life. While living in Rochester, he met the love of his life, Patricia Whipple, and they married Oct. 8, 1988, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Five years later, they started their family and had two daughters. Bobby worked at Econofoods for 18 years as a shift manager and finished his career working in building maintenance at Meadow Park Apartments. Bobby enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his friends and family by being an avid hunter and fisherman. He savored time with family grilling and telling stories. Throughout his life, he loved playing and watching many sports. Bobby also cherished the few years he had with his grandson. Mr. Viker is survived by his wife of 28 years, Patricia; daughter, Sarah J. of Kasson, daughter, Katharine L. of Rochester; brother, Darwin (Tekla) Viker of Austin, brother, Eugene Viker of Rochester, brother, Roger Viker of Rochester, brother, Larry (Patricia) Viker of Zumbro Falls, brother, Dennis (Bonnie) Kent of Elizabethville, Pa; sister, Deb (Gary) Helberg of Faribault, Minn., sister, Beverly (Richard) Williams of Pinetown, N.C., sister, Rita (Robert) Wren of Bradley, Ill. Bobby had one grandson, Quincy O. Wilson. His parents Norman E. and Verda M. precede him in death. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Macken Funeral Home's River Park Chapel in Rochester. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church , Rochester. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. The Rev. Joel Haak will be officiating, and the burial will be at East St. Olaf Cemetery in Rock Dell. Macken Funeral Home is assisting the family and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com .
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