Robert James Elkington

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  • Name: Robert James Elkington
  • Location of Birth: Virginia, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 10, 1924
  • Date of Death: November 15, 2006 (82 years old)
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  • High School and Class: 1942 - Virginia High School, Virginia, Minnesota
  • College: 1950 - Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Superior
    1964 - Masters Degree from Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota
    1968 - Specialist Degree
  • Highest Rank: S 1 (Seaman 1st Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: June 11, 1943 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: March 12, 1946 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Robert enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Seabees from 1943-1946.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Bob taught English and French for many years and served as principal of the Grand Rapids Middle School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota from 1968-1991.

    He was a member of the Grand Rapids School Board from 1995-2002.

    Bob also served as president of the Grand Rapids Library Board, Executive Board at Itasca Community Television (ICTV) and member of District 318 Endowment Foundation, all in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Dorothy; sons, William (Betty), Brian (Jane), and Robert (Laura); daughters Beth (Keith) Kraemer, Leann (David) Lindahl, and Mindy (Jon) Nuhring; eighteen grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and will be remembered by all for the contribution he made to the children and people of the Grand Rapids community.

    Bob died at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-G-20-3-1)

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