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Robert Bjerke March 17, 1947 - July 3, 2009

WILLMAR -- Robert Jon Bjerke, 62, of Willmar died July 3 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 167 of Willmar. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

He was born March 17, 1947, in Willmar to Albert and Ruby (Ekander) Bjerke. He grew up in Willmar graduated from Willmar High School in 1966. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam era and as a sergeant in the National Guard for many years.

He married Sherry Heining in 1966 in Atwater. They lived in Willmar. They divorced in 1980. He worked as a typesetter for the West Central Tribune for many years. He also ran the projector at the downtown theater and Chief Drive-in and later drove for Care Cab. He was a member of American Legion Post 167 and of Vinje Lutheran Church. He lived at Willmar Commons Nursing Home for the last 10 years due to his battle with multiple sclerosis.

He is survived by his children: Lisa (and Kevin) Wubben of Raymond, Michael Bjerke of Atwater and Joel (and Nichole) Bjerke of Buffalo; five grandchildren; siblings: Allen (and Marge) Bjerke of Minnetonka and Bonnie (and Wes) Martinson of Willmar.