|Robert Bollesen, 56|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Robert Bollesen, 56, died on Monday, January 10, 2005 at the CNC Unit of Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, January 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Casket bearers included Steve Olson, Paul Johnson, Greg Stauss, Al Brudelie, Del Lecy, Orley Gunderson, Dwight Johnson and Dennis Paesler. Honorary casket bearers included NCTC managment instructors, Norma Halsa and Robin Langevin. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Robert Edward Bollesen was born on December 13, 1948 in Tyler, the son of Reuben and Ardyce (Sour) Bollesen. He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. He attended school in Tyler, graduating from Tyler High School. Rob graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education in 1970 and later earned his Masters Degree in Education.
Rob was united in marriage to Nona Dennin on June 20, 1970 in Balaton. The couple moved to Little Falls, where Rob was Ag Teacher for seven years, then Nona and Rob moved to Milaca. There Rob was Vocational Director at the Mille Lacs Vocational Center. In 1985 they moved to Thief River Falls, and Rob was hired at Northland Community Technical College as the Customized Training Director. He later taught Adult Farm Management and then became regional dean of Management Education. He retired on October 14, 2004.
Robert was lovingly called Rob by his family and Bob by his co-workers and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, downhill skiing, bowling, golfing, trap shooting and spending time with his friends and family. He especially liked making furniture for his children and toys for his grandsons. He was lovingly known as “Bedstefar,” which is Danish for grandfather.
In 2000, Rob was awarded the Honorary American Farmer Degree, the highest national honorary award presented by the FFA to recognize his contribution to the advancement of Ag education and outstanding service local programs and the community.
Rob is survived by his wife, Nona of Thief River Falls; one son, Russell (Kim) Bollesen of Farmington; one daughter, Robin (Jason) Engen of Inver Grove Heights; twin grandsons; two sisters: Lenne (Mike) Holland of Blue Earth and Nealna “Punky” (Don) Gylling of Princeton; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.