Memorials can be made in Bobby's name to the Kossuth County Cancer Support Foundation or to the Algona Knights of Columbus.
Funeral Mass for Robert "Bobby" Thilges will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church with Father Edward Girres officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church from 4-7:30 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Robert "Bobby" John Thilges was born March 18, 1960, in Algona, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Marie (Fisch) Thilges. He grew up near St. Joe where he attended school until going to St. Cecelia in Algona for fifth grade and returning to St. Joe for junior high, Bobby then graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1978. He farmed with his parents before going to work for Lee Prentice as a truck driver.
On August 13, 1983, Bobby was united in marriage to Laura Balk at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livermore. After their marriage the couple lived in St. Joe before moving to Algona in 1988. He worked at Brougham Industries, Bill Hall IH Dealership, Universal Manufacturing and Gold Eagle Feed Mill before going to work for Becker Ag Sales in St. Joe the last 22 years.
Bobby enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren, golfing, boating, sprint car and stock car races and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. He was a member of the Algona Knights of Columbus and St. Cecelia Parish where he served as an usher.
Bobby died Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. He was 59.
He is survived by his wife, Lori; daughters, Brooke (Ben) Kramer and Brittany (Brad) Hoover all of Algona; grandkids, Elsie, Camron and Kane Kramer; Kashton Hoover and a future granddaughter; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Marie Balk of Algona; brother-in-law, Jeff (Kris) Balk of Livermore; father, Leonard (Helen) Anliker of West Bend; siblings, Kenneth (Nancy) Thilges of Pine Top, AZ; Brenda (Don) Hagen of Cylinder; Byron Anliker of West Bend; Carmen (Jamie) Moser of Cylinder; Clark (Cindy) Anliker of West Des Moines; Charles (Alyse) Anliker of Urbandale and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Marie Thilges.
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