|Robert Bakke, 79|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Robert Bakke, 79, died on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Karlstad Healthcare Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 (today) at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Sheila Michaels officiating.
Robert Arthur Bakke was born on April 29, 1932 to Adolph and Alice Marie (Gast) Bakke in Newfolden. He grew up in Newfolden and attended country school until the eighth grade. He worked on the family farm.
He entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he attended auto mechanic school in Moorhead. When he finished school, he worked at the Chevrolet garage in Devils Lake, N.D. This is where he met his future wife, Mary Ann.
He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Darulis and they were married in Devils Lake on Dec. 19, 1959. They made their home in Devils Lake for about five years. They then moved to Thief River Falls, where they have lived ever since. Bob worked at Weiner Motors for a couple of years and then worked as a mechanic at Tunberg Motors from 1967 until 1985. Due to ill health, Bob was forced to retire.
Bob enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. Hanging out with his grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him much happiness. He enjoyed Lake of the Woods and Pine Lake where they had a cabin for a few years. Sitting on the front porch in his swing and enjoying the outdoors was a favorite pastime. Bob loved to bake and make braided rugs.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Bakke, Thief River Falls, daughter Shelley (Mike) Nyland, Thief River Falls, and son Ken Bakke, Thief River Falls; two grandchildren: Tauscha (Bobby Peralta) Nyland, Thief River Falls, Kia (Jason) Naeseth, Thief River Falls; four great-grandchildren: Kiana, Makaya, Davin, Shayla; one brother, Lester Bakke, Moorhead; sister, Arlene Ness, Middle River; mother-in-law, Anna Darulis, Devils Lake, N.D.; two brothers-in-law: Victor Darulis, Devils Lake, N.D., and Dennis (Mona) Darulis, Ryder, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Avis Mattson; two brothers, Arvin and Larry Bakke.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.