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Obituaries: Robert L. Fjerstad

Robert L. Fjerstad, 89, of Carlton passed away Feb. 27, 2021. He was born on June 21, 1931, in Fosston to Lloyd and Sadie (Carver) Fjerstad.

Robert was united in marriage to Marie (Cumber) Fjerstad on June 13, 1959. He was the loving father of Clayton (Kim), Colin (Debbie), and Wayne (Angie); dear grandfather of Cassandra, Kurtis, Amy, Janice and Nicholas; dear brother of Mavis (Bill) LaVoi, Shirley (Winton) Knudson, Janis (Dick) Aos, Russell Fjerstad and Vicki (Wayne) Strom; special friend to Bob, Jodi, Samantha, and Megan Matarelli; and dear uncle, great-uncle, and friend to many.

Robert “Bob” grew up on a farm in Brandsvold Township, where he developed his love for horses and farming. He attended Cloverdale Country School and Fosston High School. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, earning numerous military honors. Robert shared 48 happily married years with his wife in Carlton, where they raised their boys and he continued farming. Robert worked (and retired) as a heavy equipment operator for J.R. Jensen & Son.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Sadie (Carver) Fjerstad; wife, Marie (Cumber) Fjerstad; infant son Kent Fjerstad; sisters Shirley (Knudson) Fjerstad and Janis (Aos) Fjerstad; brother, Russell Fjerstad; and brothers-in-law Dick Aos, Bill LaVoi and Winton Knudson.

A private service and burial was held March 6 at Hillside Cemetery in Carlton with military honors accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard.

Visitation: 11 a.m. until the 12 p.m. Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 19 at Nelson Funeral Care. The family requests memorial contributions to the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2829 University Ave. SE Ste 900, Minneapolis MN 55414; nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MNM, 800-344-4867.

Pine Knot News, June 11, 2021