ROBERT T. BJORGUM
Robert Thorsten Bjorgum, 94, of Faribault, Minnesota, died peacefully in Hospice Care on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Faribault.
There will be a funeral service at the Fourth Avenue Methodist Church on Friday, September 13, at 1:00 pm. Family and friends may call at the Boldt Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 pm Thursday, September 12, and also for one hour before the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Fourth Avenue Methodist Church or to the River Bend Nature Center.
Robert, son of Albert T. and Inga (Arneson) Bjorgum, was born on November 18, 1918, on the farm in Dane Prairie Township outside of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He married Genevieve Doris Nelson on June 22, 1941, in Fergus Falls. Robert had a 41-year career with the F.W. Woolworth Company including many years as manager of the Woolworth Store in Faribault, Minnesota. World War II interrupted this career. Robert was drafted in 1942, completed basic training in Texas and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then learned of and joined the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) Norwegian-American "Viking Battalion" in Camp Hale, Colorado. After winter survival and ski training, the 99th traveled to England in 1943, landed on a Normandy Beach in June 22, 1944; Robert was wounded in France and returned home several months later. Among other awards he received the Norwegian WWII participation medal Deltagermedaljon on May 28, 2011, in a ceremony in Washington, DC, and has been approved for the French Legion of Honor Medal to be awarded posthumously.
Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially pheasant hunting with his wife Genevieve and was introduced to a life long hobby of rock hunting by his brothers-in-law Paul and Ralph Nelson. He was very generous with his time, active with Rotary, downtown businessmen, United way fund drives and volunteering at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, the River Bend Nature Center and the Senior Center. Robert was Grand Marshall at the 2012 Memorial Day parade. In his 90's he started a Norwegian Club in Faribault that quickly became the Scandinavian Club because a few Swedes, Danes and Finns wanted in on the fun. He visited family farms in Norway in 2003 and again in 2007.
Robert is survived by his sons Bruce (Jennifer) Bjorgum of Rochester and Gregory (Leslie) Bjorgum of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren, Samuel Bjorgum, Mali (Jason) Doles, Scott, Andrew and Brett Bjorgum; two great grandchildren, Kadin Olivia Doles and Logan Mitchell Bjorgum; one sister-in-law, Ida Mae Bjorgum of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. His wife Genevieve, his parents, a sister Francis and three brothers, Kermit, Harold and Melvin Bjorgum preceded Robert in death.
Bob was a wonderful, generous and thoughtful family man and community member. His kind soul will be missed by all who knew him.
Name: David L Allin
Date: Sunday November 03, 2013
Dear Greg, Bruce and family members, Although I was interested in becoming a geologist from an early age, your father's interest in rocks and minerals of all kinds added to my enthusiasm to study geology in college and make a career out of it. Sorry to discover his passing and that your mother preceded him. Best wishes to all, Dave Allin
Name: Norwegian American Genealogical Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Date: Tuesday October 29, 2013
To the family of Robert T. Bjorgum, The Board of Directors and Staff of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library, Madison, Wisconsin, mourn the death of our charter member, Robert T. Bjorgum. We have just learned of his passing from the excellent notice in the Norwegian American Weekly. We send sincere condolences to Mr. Bjorgum's family, and thanks for his support of our mission for the preservation of Norwegian American history and heritage.
Name: David legler
Date: Monday October 07, 2013
Bruce and family, I am so sorry about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I have many fond memories of your Dad and Mom thoughout my six or so years in Faribault. If you ever have the urge I would love to hear from you. You were always a good friend. Best regards, dave Legler
Name: Janet (Voge) De Moss
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
I'm very sorry to hear about Bob. He and Gen were very special friends of my parents, Dorothy and Art Voge. In Mom and Dad's later years, Bob and one other person would meet up and play cards. Mom and Dad always looked forward to those days. Having pie and coffee, too. When Mom and Dad would have their parties in the church basement, I would always find Gen and Bob. I always looked forward to see them. They both will be and are missed. May God Bless the family and Bob and he goes to be with God, Gen, and family. Janet De Moss
Name: Wanda & Jim Hough
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Dear Cousins- I am so deeply sad to hear of the passing of your father. Both Jim and myself have many fond memories of times spent with him and are so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a man of kind words and will be forever in our memories. Bob took time to speak with several of our children when they were asked to write about service to our country during the war. We will also miss his annual Christmas greeting! Uncle Bob will be forever in our hearts as we celebrate his beautiful life. Sincerely, Wanda & JIm Hough