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Obituary: Robert "Big Bob" Theodore Giblin


August 23, 2019

Robert Theodore Giblin, 81, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1937 in Brookston to Theodore and Jennie (Widstrom) Giblin.

He graduated from Brookston High School in 1955. Bob worked on the railroad for six years before going to work for Conwed. He retired from USG in 1997. He married Madeline Vnuk on July 25, 1959 in Brookston.

Bob loved the outdoors, spending time at the cabin on Little Grand Lake and the cabin in Kentucky. He also loved to fish on the river. Bob enjoyed deer hunting, taking trips to Mexico and going to his daughter Gale’s home on Round Lake to mow the lawn. His greatest joy came from spending time with his grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Maddy, and brother, James Giblin.

He is survived by his daughter Gale (Paul Vernon) Clark of McGregor; two sons, Randal (Peggy) of Havre, Mont. and Lance, also of Havre; former son-in-law Lindsay Clark of Cloquet; and five grandchildren, Katie McMillen, Dylan Clark, Chantell Quayle, and Matthew and Michael Thorson.

The family would like to thank the Cloquet Area Fire District paramedics and the staff at St. Mary’s neuro ICU for their compassionate care of Bob.

Gathering of Family and Friends: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 with a time of sharing at 6 p.m. in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet.

Inurnment will be in New Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cloquet Shaw Memorial Library Foundation. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see


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