ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME- BRAHAM
Robert Westerlund, of Brainerd, formerly of Elk River, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. He was 82 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
INTERMENT will be at the Royalton Memorial Cemetery.
Robert C. Westerlund, of Brainerd, (previously of Elk River) MN, passed away on September 21, 2017. He was 82 years old.
Bob was born January 16, 1935 at home in rural Braham, (Pine Township) MN, to Sigurd and Mabel Westerlund. He graduated from Braham High School in 1953, having excelled in football, basketball, and especially baseball. He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis on a baseball scholarship for two years. He left college to play for the New York Giants in 1956, but was injured during spring training. He was proud to have played for the 1957 MN State Class B Baseball Champions for Braham. After baseball, he served in the Army 1958-1960. Bob met Roberta “Bobbie” Ann Damoth while serving in France. After discharge and returning to the states in 1960, Bob and Bobbie married in Anniston, Alabama on July 16, 1961. They had two daughters, Becky (1964) and Barbara (1967). Bob and Bobbie lived in Cambridge until 1968, when they moved to Elk River. Bob worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (later USWest) as a lineman, an installer, and payphone repairman.
Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing and ran his archery dealership, Wapiti Archery Sales, for over 30 years. He loved kids and dogs. Bob enjoyed playing tricks on kids and trying to stump them with riddles and jokes. On Halloween, he would challenge trick-or-treaters to do a trick for their treats. The kids loved turning cartwheels, dancing, or doing headstands just to get that Halloween treat! His favorite dog while growing up was Mike. Then Queenie saw him through marriage and his girls’ early years. Baron came in the mid-1970’s and then Mickey in the late 1990’s through early 2000’s. His last great dog is Ginger, whom he loved very much.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and daughter Becky Anderson.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Heen (Les), grandchildren Christopher Heen, Erik Heen, Jeremy Anderson, Danielle Hoffman, Meghan Justin, Madeline Klapprodt, great-granddaughter Lydia Lynn Hoffman, former son-in-law Lon Anderson, best friend, Bonnie Prokosch, nieces, nephews, and his beloved dog Ginger.