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Robert Bjerstedt 03/29/2020

Robert Bjerstedt 03/29/2020

Bob (Robert) W. Bjerstedt passed away peacefully with family at his side on March 29, 2020. He was born September 3, 1932 on the family farm near River Falls, the first child of Warren and Winifred (nee Edwards) Bjerstedt.

He is survived by his wife Betty of 43 years; brother Dick (Norma); daughter Terry McKay, son Todd (Denise) and daughter Connie (Mike) Van Keuren; stepchildren Terri (Rick) Benson, David Sutherland and Crystal (Eric) Karnowski; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Marlene, and stepson Mark.

Bob and his brother Dick took over the family dairy farm after the loss of their father in 1947, all the while attending school and starting families. Bob married Shirley Harrison in 1954 and continued farming until 1969. He moved with his family to Grand Junction, Colorado to start a farm implement business selling Allis Chalmers, Massey Ferguson & Hesston equipment.

In 1978, he returned to Wisconsin with his wife Betty, ultimately returning to where he started: The Family Farm. Bob and Betty’s became a place to get your equipment repaired, share a fabulous meal, and listen to some good-old Bob BS. The Farm was the original site of the now famous Threshing Bee, which continues today by the St. Croix Collector’s Association. Bob’s oldest grandson, Jeramie and his family, own a part of the farm and carry on many of his grandpa’s talents and traditions.

Bob and Betty ‘retired’ in 1999, moving to Stockholm WI. He continued tinkering with his beloved Allis Chalmers, serving on the Pepin Township town board and making even more lifelong friends.

Bob will be remembered by his unmatched humor and generosity. A memorial celebration will be held at The Farm in the near future- stay tuned!

Cremation Services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

7 Comments

  • JEAN LARSON Posted March 30, 2020 11:38 pm

    So Sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with the Bjerstedt family.

  • Carol Bylander Senn Posted March 31, 2020 4:32 pm

    The community was richer for his sense humor.

  • James Schroeder Posted April 2, 2020 12:19 am

    Our deepest sympathy to you Betty. Always enjoyed the two of you.

  • Jerry & Beryl Van Heukelom Posted April 2, 2020 3:07 pm

    Sincere Sympathy to Betty and Bob’s entire family on the loss of someone so dear to you. Bob was a special friend to us and many others. He will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. His attitude and sense of humor would always lift your spirits and brighten your day. He may be gone…but the memories of him will live on forever. May God grant you Peace and Comfort now and in the days ahead. God Bless!

  • George Timmerman Posted April 4, 2020 1:42 am

    I worked for Bob on his farm while in high school and have known him all my life. He was one of the people who influenced my life. He will always be a wonderful person in my memories.

  • Dan Lewinski and family Posted April 5, 2020 5:27 pm

    You will be fondly remembered. We’ll miss your wry outlook on life and open disregard for being pc.

  • Randy & Eloise Posted April 12, 2020 11:45 pm

    Many fond memories of Bob through childhood into adulthood… neighborhood gatherings, family outings & Threshing Bees! He was always ready to lend a hand to friends and neighbors in need & enjoyed a good joke (or prank!). Sympathy and blessings to all of you during this difficult time.

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