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Robert "Bob" Johannessen

May 13, 1935 — December 29, 2020

Robert (Bob) Dean Johannessen, age 85, of Park Rapids, MN, passed away at his home in Hubbard, MN on Tuesday night, December 29, 2020. Bob was born on May 13, 1935, in Clear Lake, Iowa to Johannes and Mandella (Amundson) Johannessen. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Paulson and had four children. For many years, Bob was a cross country truck driver. He also worked at, and eventually managed a Lifetime Motorhome plant in Mason City, Iowa. On December 31, 1970, Bob was united in marriage to Bonnie Mae (Howe) Gleason in Sioux Falls, SD. This marriage united eight children. In 1971, Bob and Bonnie ventured north to Bertha, MN where they engaged in dairy farming and raising their children. They worked 800 acres and milked over 100 head of cattle. In 1994, they left farming and moved to Park Rapids, MN where Bob worked for 23 years and retired from Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen as a maintenance man. Bob loved to fish, with family and friends on lakes near his home or more ambitious trips to other states and Canada. He also enjoyed making things out of scraps and built numerous trailers, ice fishing houses, and hunting stands for himself and others. Bob loved working in his yard and growing flowers. The land in this area is known for its sandy soil, so he built a sprinkler system to keep his grass green. He truly enjoyed all the compliments he received from friends and neighbors as to how beautiful his yard and flowers looked. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his children: Sherry (Todd) Fairley of Grand Forks, ND, Randy (Beth) Gleason of Park Rapids, Tamara (Clint) Markham of Park Rapids, Candy Hacker of Brainerd, MN, Keith (DeVy) Johannessen of Breckenridge, MN, James (Nora) Gleason of Nevis, MN and Lou Jean Gleason of Hopkins, MN; 12 beloved grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Allen (Janet) Johannessen of Montrose, CO and Gene (Nancy) Huber of Clear Lake, IA; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Bonnie Johannessen, and one son, John Johannessen. Celebration of Life will be held 2 PM, Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Jones Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
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