Obituaries: Robert Thomas Bureau


April 3, 2020

Robert Thomas Bureau, 69, died from complications from open heart surgery on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Health hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born on October 17, 1950, in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Bob was known as "Packer Bob" by his family and friends for his passion for Green Bay Packers football. He worked several seasons as a fireman and oiler on various Great Lakes freighters. Bob was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Carlton Fire Department. He ended his career as the chief boiler operator for the Tate & Lyle plant in Duluth, retiring in 2013.

Bob was a history buff and enjoyed watching the history channel. Some of his hobbies included photography, agate hunting and collecting coins. He was a member of the Lions Club in Carlton. Bob loved to walk his dog, Trippy, when weather permitted.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kitty; his children, Samantha (Rob) Anderson and Matt (Amber Magana) Bureau; his stepchildren, Katy (Dan) Hieter, Erich (Ammie) Schmidt and Ryan Schmidt; his brothers, Richard Bureau, David Williams and Jim Williams; 16 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Go, Pack, go!

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