Robert Nygaard, 81

Thief River Falls – Robert (Bob) Nygaard, 81, of Thief River Falls went home to be with his Lord on May 24, 2018. Robert passed peacefully in the CLC unit, under Hospice care, at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND.
At Robert’s request, there will be no funeral, but a Celebration of Life gathering will be planned for this fall.
Robert bequeathed his body to the UND School of Medicine in Grand Forks, ND through the Deeded Body Program.
Robert was born June 27, 1936 in Holt to Theodore and Anna (Faiman) Nygaard. Robert’s family lived and farmed in Adgar Township until 1946. When Robert was 10, he and his family moved to Sinclairville, NY and farmed until 1949 when they moved back to Thief River Falls and farmed in Rocksbury Township.
Robert attended school in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. He then moved to Montana to work for 2 years.
In Feb. 1956 Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy while in Butte, Montana. He went to Great Lakes Boot Camp and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Boxer, for 4 years. Robert was honorably discharged in 1960.
After returning to Thief River Falls, Robert worked for Web Maves Standard Oil and Western Oil gas station.
On July 16, 1960 Robert married Jeanette(Sebade) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.
In 1964 Robert went to work for L.B Hartz Wholesale where he delivered groceries to many Hartz stores and Stop and Go Convenience stores throughout MN and ND for 22 years.
In his free time, Robert enjoyed working on old cars and gardening with his good friend, Howard Nelson. He also enjoyed visiting his many “coffee buddies”, Alan H., Mel S., Omar O., David J., and many others at Arby’s. This was a time he missed greatly while at the care center. He also enjoyed wintering in Yuma, Arizona with his wife Jeanette for the past 10 years.
Robert is survived by his Wife of 57 years, Jeanette, Son Terry Nygaard of Becker, Daughter Jill (Jeff) Hanson of Newfolden and Son, William (Marivic) Nygaard of Jacksonville, FL. 5 Grandchildren: Preston, Tyler (Laura), Samantha, Kirstin and Faith. Brother, Conley (Carol) Nygaard of Fergus Falls, Sister Melba (Fred) Marquette of North Fort Myers, FL. Sister and Brother in laws Carol (Larry) Gagner of Thief River Falls. Special adopted son Rick Houston of The Flats in St. Hilaire and many Nieces and Nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stepfather Oscar Olson, Sisters Romona Burns and Tressie Noreen. Brother in laws, Lawrence Burns and Kenneth Noreen.
On July 24th, 2017 Robert entered the CLC Unit of the Fargo NO VA Hospital. He was grateful for all the Nurses and Staff that provided compassionate care for him and the family as well. We would like to thank them for making Robert feel at home while he was there. Thank you also to Hospice nurses, Mandi, Connie and Amanda for all your support through this time of life. Chaplin’s Bruce and Obie, Robert really enjoyed your visits.
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