Robert Tasker, 1928-2014

Published 9:39 am Friday, September 26, 2014

Robert E. Tasker, 86, of Austin, formerly of Albert Lea, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System of Austin. He was born June 26, 1928, in Albert Lea to Lote and Lillian (Volk) Tasker. He grew up in Albert Lea and attended country school.  Robert served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. On Aug. 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Betty Haines at her family home in Glenville. The couple lived and raised their family in Albert Lea. Robert was a long-time employee of Wilson & Co. and Farmstead, retiring after more than 50 years of service. He most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Robert Tasker

Robert Tasker

Survivors include his wife, Betty Tasker, of Austin; his sons Terry Tasker of Rochester, Robert Tasker Jr. of Albert Lea and Bill Tasker (fiancee, Jody Riley) of Rockwell, Texas; his daughter, Linda Holstad, of Rochester; grandchildren Adrienne (Chris) Benson of Rochester, Andria Baas, April Tasker, Amber Tasker and Jonah (Tena) Tasker, all of Albert Lea; sister-in-law, Martha Tasker, of Albert Lea; and many great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lote and Lillian Tasker; his son, Paul Tasker; son-in-law, Lee Holstad; grandson, Scott Holstad; two brothers, Bill (Viola) Tasker and Harry Tasker; and two sisters, Myrtle Gladwell and Cora (Ben) Anderson.

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A memorial gathering will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park in Albert Lea.  Interment of Robert’s ashes will be on the family farm at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with local arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at