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Robert Skalberg, 90

Robert Dale Skalberg, age 90, of Dassel, died, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at the Cokato Manor.

He was born April 16, 1925, in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, the son of Karl and Ruth (Oster) Skalberg. Robert grew up in the Dassel area, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1943.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. Robert was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Dassel, where he sang in the church choir, and had been the church treasurer for several years.

Robert was inducted into the United States Army Nov. 20, 1944, and served and fought in the mountains of the Philippines. He was a member of the occupation forces in Japan. In 1946, he was separated from the service and returned to Dassel to farm.

Robert was united in marriage to June Etta Combs Oct. 3, 1947, at the Church of Christ in Dassel. The couple made their home on a dairy farm southwest of Dassel.

Robert was an avid duck and pheasant hunter, a member of the Dassel Rod and Gun Club, and a gun safety instructor to young hunters. He loved movies and watching television.

His family and friends were very important to him, and he always enjoyed the times they got together for holidays and special events.

June and Robert spent many hours together square dancing and listening to accordion music.

Robert is survived by his children, Cheryl Skalberg of North Bay Village, FL, and Lane Skalberg (partner Dan Brennenstuhl) of Minneapolis; three grandchildren, Karly Sorenson, Jennifer Hastings, and Kate Henderson; two great-grandchildren, Emily Henderson and Gage Sorenson; and siblings Jeanette Tomlinson, Kenneth Skalberg, Alan (Shirley) Skalberg, all of Dassel, and Gary (Nina) Skalberg of Chanhassen.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June; children, Daryl Skalberg and Kathleen Sorenson; his parents, Karl and Ruth Skalberg; and one brother, Ronald Skalberg.

Robert’s funeral service took place Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Dassel, with Pastor Jim Milan officiating. There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the Church of Christ in Dassel.

Military honors were conducted by the Paul F. Dille American Legion Post of Dassel.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.

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