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Robert R Thorsbakken

September 1, 1935 December 12, 2015
Robert R Thorsbakken
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Robert R. Thorsbakken - Aka. Bob T
Bob was born at Hillsdale, Wisconsin, September, 1935 to Martin and Violet Thorsbakken. Bob was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Barron, Wisconsin. He graduated in 1953 from Barron High School. He then continued his education at the University of Madison graduating in 1957. Bob then joined the National Guard.
He met the love of his life, Kay Borgen of Dallas, Wisconsin. They were married in 1959. Bob began working for Thorp Finance in New Richmond. A opportunity came up in Frederic, Wisconsin and Bob began his employment with Farmers State Bank/Bremer Bank. He was called up for the Berlin Crisis and stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State. He returned to Farmers State Bank where he worked for 30 years, many spent as the President of the bank. Bob continued his education in finance at Harvard University. Bob retired at 55 from the bank and then went a new direction opening up his own appraisal business which he ran for the next 15 years. Bob has spent many years enjoying his role on the Polk Burnett Electric Board. Bob served on many various boards including Church, Bank and PBEC which he enjoyed tremendously.
Bob and Kay were blessed with three daughters, Carmen, Sheri and Julie. They brought him great joy along with the wonderful sons-in-law he loved to be around. Bob loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They brought a smile to his face. He loved playing jokes on friends and family and had a famous cheer he used when the Packers or Badgers had that win or just for the fun of it.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Violet Thorsbakken and Kays parents, Francis and Lanita Borgen; son-in-law, Todd Fisher; and brother-in-law, Rollie Gilbertson.
Bob leaves to mourn, his wife, Kay; daughters, Carmen Fisher, Sheri Thorsbakken (Ed Peterson), Julie (Brad) Jerrick; grandchildren, Andrew (Christa) Malecha, Kacie (Aaron) Korthals, Kevin Robb, David Jerrick, Kaitlyn Jerrick; step-grandchildren, Eddy (Shelly) Peterson and Grant Fisher; great-grandchildren, Jace, Paislie and Cedar Korthals, Grayson Robb and Isabelle Peterson; sister, Rose Gilbertson; brothers, Dale (Ardis) Thorsbakken, Arden (Pat) Thorsbakken; brothers-in-law, Bob (Rochelle) Borgen, John (Cheryl) Borgen, Gary (Bev) Borgen; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
In later years Bob and Kay enjoyed their winter trips to Arizona where he loved to hike in the desert and enjoyed making pendants from the special rocks he found. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting along with planting a huge garden each year. He was a jokester and a friend to all that met him. He always had a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. We are blessed to know he knew Jesus and had tremendous faith in God. He was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
Visitation will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, Wisconsin on Tuesday, December 15th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the funeral on Wednesday, December 16th at 11 a.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. This service will be preceded by one hour of visitation. Rev. Emory Johnson will be officiating. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic.
An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475.
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