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Robert E. Huisinga Feb. 1, 1924 - March 3, 2009

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PRINSBURG -- Robert Earl "Bob" Huisinga, 85, of rural Prinsburg died Tuesday at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis from injuries suffered in a recent fall on the ice.

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The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Willmar Assembly of God Church. Burial will be at the Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery in Willmar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Gideons International or the Assemblies of God Bible Alliance.

He was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Holland Township, Kandiyohi County, to Albert and Helga (Nelson) Huisinga. He attended elementary school at District 103 and Clara City High School. He served during World War II in the Merchant Marine.

He married Verlenne "Lennie" Summerlet on March 8, 1947, near Lake Lillian. They lived and farmed on the Huisinga Century Farm. He and his brothers founded Huisinga Farms Inc., which was the first family farm corporation in Minnesota and was the model for federal legislation.

He was a shareholder in Willmar Poultry Company, board member of Production Credit Association, now known as United Farm Credit, a member of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Posse and a member of the Assembly of God church.

He is survived by his wife; five sons: Larry (and Susie) Huisinga of Federal Way, Wash., Jack (and Karen) Huisinga of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Don (and Dorothy) Huisinga of Willmar, Wes Huisinga of Minneapolis and Ken (and Molly) Huisinga of Delano; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings: Ralph Huisinga of Spicer, Edith (and Robert) Johnson of Willmar and Norma (and Don) Tanner of Lubbock, Texas.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren and one brother.

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