E. Robert “Bob” Amborn

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  • Name: E. Robert "Bob" Amborn
  • Location of Birth: Bluffton, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 6, 1921
  • Date of Death: September 17, 2001 (80 years old)
  • Parents: Robert Amborn and Kathryn (Goeller) Amborn
  • High School and Class: 1940 - Watertown High School
  • College: Bob enrolled in the pre-med program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1941 for three years.
    1949 - University of Minnesota - degree in Forest Management
  • Highest Rank: TEC 4 (Technical 4)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Bob enlisted in the Navy. He received a medical discharge after one year and was then drafted into the Army's Limited Service in 1944 where he served in the Medical Corps as an instructor for the Medical/Surgical Technicians School at FItzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Following the war, Bob married Helen Moreland Lee on September 8, 1946. They lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he attended the University of Minnesota to pursue a degree that would allow him to work in the outdoors that he loved--forestry. He graduated in 1949. Bob worked as a forester in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota for two years before getting a job as a soil conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture in 1951. Through various transfers, his position took him and his growing family to Foley, Breckenridge, Morris, and Alexandria, Minnesota before finally moving to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1967. It was here that he retired in 1980 after 30 years with the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Following retirement, Bob served on the Board of Supervisors of the Itasca Soil and Water Conservation District for twelve years and the Itasca County Planning Commission for nine years.

    Bob was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Kiwanis Noon Club, where he was a past president, the American Legion and was a volunteer at Itasca Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He loved to golf, downhill ski as he was formerly on the ski patrol, and to play tennis. He and his wife also were active in the Itasca Twirlers Square Dance Club for many years.

    Bob is survived by his children, Kristin (Rod) Dimich, Reid (Pam) Amborn, Mark (Lori) Amborn, and Michele (Brad) Smith; and nine grandchildren.

    Preceding Bob in death were his parents; his wife, Helen, in February, 2001; two brothers, Jim and Kenny; and a sister, Pauline Griep.

    Buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot

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