Robert “Bob” Nygaard, 81

Robert (Bob) Nygaard – 81 of Thief River Falls, went home to be with the lord on May 24th, 2018. Robert passed away peacefully in the CLC unit, under hospice care, at the VA hospital in Fargo, ND. Robert bequeathed his body to the UND School of Medicine in Grand Forks, ND through the deeded body program.
At Robert’s request, there will be no funeral, but a private celebration of life will be conducted by Associate Pastor Seth Bjornrud (International Falls, Evangelical Covenant Church) on Monday October 8th at Robert’s youngest daughter, Janell’s, residence; 1614 1st Avenue West, International Falls.
Robert was born June 27th, 1936 in Holt, to Theodore and Anna (Faiman) Nygaard. Robert attended school in Thief River Falls and is a Lincoln High School graduate of 1954. Robert served in the United States Navy from 1956-1960 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Boxer until his honorable discharge.
On July 16th, 1960, Robert married the love of his life Jeanette (Sebade) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Robert began work for LB Hartz Wholesale where he delivered groceries to many Hartz Stores as well as some Stop & Go Convenience stores throughout MN and ND for 22 years.
In Robert’s free time, he enjoyed camping with his wife and family, gardening, traveling, going to auction sales, flea markets, and casino trips. He especially enjoyed adventures with his
youngest daughter, Janell. Gardening and socializing over coffee became Roberts retirement fun with his closest buddies. Robert and his wife Jeanette loved being snowbirds in their later years in Yuma, AZ.
Robert is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeanette; son, Terry Nygaard of Becker; daughter Jill (Jeff) Hanson of Newfolden; son, William (Marvic) Nygaard of Jacksonville, FL; and daughter, Janell (John) Stevens of International Falls. Grandchildren: Preston, Tyler (Laura), Samantha, Kirsten, and Faith. Sister, Melba (Fred) Marquette of North Fort Myers, FL; brother, Conley (Carol) Nygaard of Fergus Falls, sister, Carol (Larry) Gagner of Thief River Falls, and several nieces and grand nephews.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Oscar Olson. sisters Ramona Burns and Tressie Noreen. Brother in laws, Lawrence Burns and Kenneth Noreen.