R. palmen 2 web photoRobert “Bob” Palmen, of Mora, MN, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 as a result of a traffic accident.  He was 70 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 15, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 5-7 pm. at Akkerman-Ingebrand funeral home and one hr. prior to the service on Friday at the church.

INURNMENT will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mora, MN


Robert “Bob” T. Palmen, of Mora, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 as a result of a traffic accident South of Mora. He was 70 years old.

Bob was born March 1, 1945, in Braham, MN to Art and Barb (Yung) Palmen.  After graduating from Mora High School, he attended Dunwoody Institute where he studied civil engineering.

On November 1, 1969 he married his high school sweetheart, Marna Grunke, while serving in the US Air Force. Following his tour of duty, Bob and Marna returned to Mora where they raised their family and remained active in the community.  Bob was employed with CE Rogers Company for 40 years as a project engineer. In the years following his retirement in 2012, he and Marna spent much of their time at their cabin enjoying every season. He never missed an opportunity to go fishing and hunting with his boys. He was a selfless man always on the move, taking daily walks, attending events for his grandkids, traveling and working tirelessly on an endless list of projects that were thought up by his wife and kids. He was the epitome of a family man.

He is survived by his wife, Marna; daughter Shelly Partida (husband Frank, sons Ethan and Caden, daughter Addisyn), son Jeff Palmen (wife Laura, sons Quinn and Cooper), son Matt Palmen (wife Lisa, daughters Elin and Nora); sisters Jane Mattson (Mark) and Jean Christen (Robert); brothers Jerry Palmen (Irene), Jim Palmen (Dona), Denis Palmen (Janis) and Dave, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

16 guestbook entries for ROBERT T. PALMEN

  1. Rita Clasemann January 10, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    Marna and family,
    My prayers are with you on this very sad occasion. Bob was one in a million! Such a good man.

  2. Arden Erickson January 11, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Was so sorry to hear of the traffic accident that took Robert’s life. I was in his class for all 12 grades and got to know him well as his family lived 1 mile from us when on the farm. I remember Robert and his brothers and sisters walking from their home to the country school. Lots of memories from that time of our lives.

    May God’s love give each of you some comfort.

  3. John Erickson January 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm #


    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Such a tragedy. I didn’t have the pleasure to meet him but knowing you, I am sure he was a great man. Take care, thinking about you daily.

  4. Darlene Nastrom January 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Sincere sympathy to the entire family. Bob was a friend to everyone he met and it was an honor to know him.

  5. Bev and Lee Svoboda January 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Marna and Family, So sorry to hear about this tragic and senseless loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts feel sad for all of you. Bob was always smiley and friendly and we enjoyed the times we got to spend with him. Please accept our sincere sympathy and our long distance hugs; May God bless each of you with strength and peace in the days and weeks to come

  6. Gary Olson January 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    Marna, my deepest and sincere sympathy to you and your family over the tragic senseless loss of Bob. So many working years and so very few retirement years to spend together. How quickly life can change for any of us.
    Bob was a good person from my memories of the class of ’64. My best wishes to you.

  7. Jenny (Anderson) and Dale Ludwig January 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    Deepest sympathy to Marna and family. My heart has been heavy since hearing the news about Bob. Dale and I both had the privilege of working with him at CE Rogers. He was so full of life and I can’t believe he’s gone. Our prayers are with you.

  8. Kathy and Don Lebakken January 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    A senseless tragedy took this good man. I only met him once at Lisa and Matt’s wedding (we are Lisa’s aunt and uncle) , but I know he was a good man because of all the good things Lisa had to say about him. He was the best grandpa to Elin and Nora. He will be greatly missed in their lives.

  9. Vermillion Circle friends, Cindi Marshall January 14, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Vermillion Circle friends send their love and support. We remember Marna, Bob, and family coming to the Olson home in Ham Lake, and getting to spend time with them. My niece, Kim Swanson, is friends with Jeff from their work in Minneapolis, and talks highly of what a good guy he is…take care of yourselves.

  10. Mike and Beth Arends January 14, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    Marna and family,
    We are so sorry about Bob and the terrible injuries you suffered. Our hearts are heavy to think about the loss of such a wonderful person as Bob was. Just spending time with him when we were together with Marna’s sister Sandy and her husband Greg, he made you feel like you were a lifelong friend. He was truly the epitome of a family man.
    We want you to know that we would be there to celebrate is life if we could, and may God grant you peace at this difficult time.

  11. Larry & Judy Fluegge January 14, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Marna and your family. So sorry to hear of your great loss, may
    GOD be with you all

  12. John and JoAnne Skillicorn January 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Deepest sympathy to the entire family. We have known Bob and Marna for many years and were shocked
    and saddened by this tragic accident Our daughter Jill is a very good friend of Shelly and also was very saddened. May God give you comfort and peace in the days and weeks to come.

  13. Linda (Kreisel) Livingston January 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Marna and family, So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all. Only God can heal your heart. Many memories from school and church.

    I read about the accident in the Rochester paper and felt so sad. Hopefully you are recovering from your injuries with the support of your family and friends.

    Bless you all, Linda

  14. Richard Carda January 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Marna and family, my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  15. Steve Sigstad January 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Marna and Family
    Sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies and are in my prayers.

  16. Jill Bachmann (Jill Skillicorn) January 20, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

    Shelly & Family,
    I am so saddened to here about this terrible tragedy. As a child I spent so many playful hours at your house. Bob absolutely was the epitome of a family man. His generosity, humor, kindness, and patience shined through. He touched more lives than he may ever know. My deepest sympathy to everyone in your family. May God shed some healing light on all.

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