Robert Rofshus, 1927-2016
Memorial services for Robert Irvin Rofshus, 89, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion honor guard. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Bob died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at his home.
Robert Irvin Rofshus was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Albert Lea, the son of Irvin C. and Ann (Hemry) Rofshus. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. From 1945 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany. After returning home, he went back to school and received his diploma in 1947.
On May 14, 1950, Bob married Barbara Swancutt at First Lutheran Church. Bob worked for Smith Auto Supply, then Universal Dairy Co-op. until 1957 when he started his own business, Rofshus Precision Machine Inc. — now run by son Ron and son-in-law Cork. Bob enjoyed hunting, target shooting, motorcycle trips, square dancing and making or repairing anything. One of Bob’s passions was flying. He rebuilt an airplane his father bought as a kit in 1929. He flew this plane, the Heath Super Parasol, to many EAA annual fly-ins. He received an award for being the first corvair-powered aircraft to attend the EAA event in Oshkosh.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children, Mark (Claudia) Rofshus and their children Laura and Ryan (Samantha), Patricia (Cork) Stanley and their children Parker (fiancee, Caroline Morrand) and Samantha, and Ronald Rofshus (Traci Solum) and his children Carine and Ryker; special nieces June Droen and Cathy Dodson; and special nephew, David Ring.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and special aunts Carrie Hemry and Bertha Haines.