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Submitted by Jim Bierman on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 5:34pm
Robert Edward “Bob” Benson, age 82, of Northfield died Monday, December 19, 2011 at the Reflections Suites of the Three Links Care Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the Northfield United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to Services at the Church.
Bob was born September 9, 1929 in Jasper, Minnesota, to Edward and Hilda (Madetzke) Benson. His father died when he was 3 and he lived with his mother in Jasper and at times in nearby Pipestone. When his mother had to leave the state to find work, he lived with his Grandmother Madetzke in Jasper. He attended school in both Pipestone and Jasper and graduated from Jasper High School. He played baseball, basketball, and football in school and pitched town ball for Jasper.
On January 22, 1949 Bob married Betty Jane Lorenz in Luverne, Minnesota. At the time Bob worked at O.K. Cleaners in Pipestone. He also joined the new National Guard Unit in Pipestone. When his unit was called up for deployment to Korea he was made a Sergeant. He received burns in Korea which ended his military service.
Back in Minnesota, Bob used the GI bill to go to barber school. In late 1955 he got a chair in Ed Pflipsen’s shop in Northfield and moved his family here. For over 20 years Bob had his own barber shop in Northfield. He retired in 1991.
Bob liked sports, especially baseball and basketball. He loved the Twins and Red Sox and hated the Yankees. He was excellent at pool and could be found every Monday playing Snooker at Tiny’s. Bob and Betty loved to spend time at their son’s cabin on Little Pine Lake in Perham, Minnesota. They enjoyed playing bridge any chance they got. Bob was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church.
When Bob retired he started to raise pigeons (a youthful interest rekindled). He eventually specialized in Silesian Swallows. He raised many champions. He traveled all around the country to pigeon shows making friends. In 2009 he received the NPA (National Pigeon Association) Master Breeder Award at the NPA National Convention.
Bob is survived by his wife Betty; daughter Mary (Mike) Kindseth of Dundas; sons Bruce (Susanne) Benson and Robert (Susan) Benson both of Northfield; Grandchildren, Elizabeth Chester, Ann Benson, Laura Lyon, Alexander Benson, Rob Benson, and Matthew Benson; Great Grandchildren, Sydney and Jasmin Chester and Katherine Ohde. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, and his stepfather Joe Reinart.
Memorials to Northfield Hospice, Northfield United Methodist Church of Northfield Senior Center. Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.