Robert Born

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, January 15, 1936
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Age:
86 years old

Visitation

Date: Saturday July 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Resurrection Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Saturday July 23, 2022
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Resurrection Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, January 15, 1936
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Age:
86 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, January 15, 1936
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Age:
86 years old

Robert Born

Robert (Bob) Elmer Born, age 86, passed away from a month long illness with leukemia at his home, surrounded by his children.

Bob was born January 15, 1936 in Stewartville, MN, son of Marion and Elmer Born. Bob spent most of his childhood in High Forest, MN, where he enjoyed childhood friendships for 80 years.
Graduating from Stewartville H.S. in 1953, he later met and married his love and best friend, Gladys Perko on August 20, 1955 in Ely, MN.

In September of 1955, Bob joined the Army for two years, stationed in Pasadena, CA. Extremely proud of being a Veteran, in the last several years (while wearing his special Vet cap) he never hesitated to spark prideful conversations with others about his years in the Army while handing out American flag pins.

After returning to Rochester, MN in 1958, Bob joined IBM and worked for 34 years in Quality Engineering. Bob and his wife raised their family in Rochester, until moving to Wanamingo, MN two years ago.
Bob was a loving family man, through and through. He was proud to be a Webelos leader for his young sons during their time at Longfellow Elementary, camping across the U.S. with his family in the earlier years, and later traveling internationally for years with his wife and close friends. Their trips included going to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Slovenia, Europe, and annual trips to New York. He and his family also enjoyed 35 years at their cabin in Hayward, WI.

Bob lived life enthusiastically and always found joy and laughter. He had many lifelong friendships which he also cherished. Bob played in the Willow Creek Golf League for 22 years. For many years, Bob reunited with his large “gang” of dear friends to go fishing in Canada, which he has many fond memories. Not one to pass by a game of cards with family and friends, his favorite games were cribbage and Hand & Foot, along with his pleasure of going to the Casino. A delicious steak, garlic toast, onion rings, sweets, candy, and a good homemade pie were among his top favorites, but always raved about a good home-cooked meal. Having a reputation for being friendly, personable, and full of silliness and humor especially with his family, Bob was often seen smiling and laughing. Bob’s positive presence will be immensely missed by all who loved him. It was a joy for Bob to always make time for connecting with family, friends, and strangers alike. Near or far, Bob treasured his family and friends. Recently Bob was able to reach his main goal with the tremendous support of his doctors, of making it to see his first grandchild get married, (Natalie), allowing him the opportunity to fulfill his wish to be surrounded by his entire family and relatives one last time. It was a beautiful, meaningful, joyful, yet bittersweet occasion. The entire family was grateful for such a blessing. This event meant the world to Bob, and was so happy to share in the celebration, just one week and a day before passing. This tremendous effort towards the end of his life is again, a true testament to Bob’s love and devotion to his family.

Bob is survived by his three children; Desiree (Greg) Haspert, Ramsey, MN; Bob (Joan) Born, Byron, MN; Mike (Karen) Born, Neenah, WI; Grandchildren Amanda Haspert, Eric Born, Natalie (Aaron) Johnson, Ryan Born, Camille Born, Meghan Born, Erin Born, and great-grandson Jayden. Bob is further survived by his brothers Bill and Don, his sister Diane Bengtson, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families. Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Gladys, on April 23, 2020; as well as his parents, newborn brother Gary, niece Brenda, brother-in-law Steve Bengtson, many cousins, and many dear friends.

The family would like to extend an expression of gratitude to the many kind doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospitals, as well as Hospice help in his final days.

A funeral service for Bob will be Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Church of the Resurrection, 1600 11th Ave. SE, Rochester. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Loomis officiating, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, 500 11th Ave., NE, Rochester. Please join us for a luncheon back at Resurrection immediately following the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to Stewartville, MN American Legion Post #164, or Stewartville, MN VFW Post #8980.

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It is hard to believe that Bob and Gladys have passed to the next life and much fun and joy has left our world.


I was in Branson and learned of Bob's death on my return. But  I am sure due to all the travels and fun times there his spirit loomed large as my travel mate and I recalled those trips over the years.  Fresh in my mind as well are times at the lake and Vegas and Biloxi and Texas and NYC etc- all the best memories always.


Peace be with you all as you come to deal with the grief of losing him and  earlier of Gladys as well.


 

Our heartfelt condolences to my brother in law Mike, Desiree and Greg,  Bob and Joan and their kids & Karen, Eric, Ryan and Meghan. Our fond memories of Bob's joyful greetings whenever we saw him through the years are foremost in my mind.  Bob always made a special attempt to walk across the room for a special and personalized greeting with that great big smile of his and a hand on the shoulder.   A great big chapter has closed in your family and our heart goes out to you. The essence of Bob was captured beautifully in his obituary, especially illustrating the valuable gift Bob was able to give the family as his last embrace.  ❤

I want to extend my condolences to Des, Bob and Mike and their families.  I could never have asked for better neighbors than the Born family for 60 years.   To watch Des, Bob jr. and Mike grow into the fine adults they have become was a great pleasure.  Bob, Gladys, Lloyd and I had many wonderful trips, card games and talks together.


Bob, Rest In Peace and thanks for being the best neighbor.


 

My heart is with all of you, grateful I got to see you all and give Bob hugs. He was in such great spirits. It was great to see the care all of you had for him. He appreciated it.  May your sorrow lighten and your hearts be filled with love. God bless you all. Having masses said for Bob. 

BOb was a great guy and special classmate .  Everyone 


was his friend,rest in peace Bob. Donna

BOb was a great guy and special classmate .  Everyone 


was his friend,rest in peace Bob. Donna

Bob, Sorry for the loss of your father. It sounds like he enjoyed a good full life!

Dear Family,


What a beautiful tribute to your loving father. He was such a wonderful man. Always enjoyed our time together. We had some great card games, that’s for sure.
You were so lucky to have such a loving & caring father. He shared with me how much he enjoyed the wedding. So glad he was able to go.


You are all in my prayers & thoughts 


Sending love to all,


Cousin, Linda