Robert John “RJ” Nohr, age 65, of Glencoe, passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Care Services, after collapsing at home.
He was born June 17, 1950, in Green Bay, WI, to Grace Mildred (Peper) Nohr and Alvin Frances Nohr. Robert was baptized at summer camp, and attended Chilton High School.
He furthered his education at Crown College, when it was still St. Paul Bible College, graduating with a degree in bible and theology.
RJ married Beverly Bullwinkle May 8, 1976, at First Presbyterian Church in Maple Plain. They lived in Billings, MT for one year, where RJ was a radio DJ. The couple then moved to Mound, MN,, where they lived for three years, and then settled and raised their two girls for 20 years on a five-acre farm outside of Delano.
For the past 12 years, RJ and Beverly have lived on the Dunlooken Farm in Glencoe with their oldest daughter, Shannon, and her family.
RJ and Bev spent most of their 40 years together raising dairy goats and other animals, and growing vegetables on their small hobby farm. RJ greatly enjoyed his time helping raise both his children, and living next door to his three grandchildren.
A salesman by trade, RJ spent 39 years working for Daytons/Marshall Fields and Gabberts, selling carpet and Oriental rugs.
He was known as a giving person; and even in death, his giving continues as his donation of tissues will touch the lives of many people.
An optimistic man with a heart full of joy and love, RJ put his faith in Jesus, and wasn’t fearful of death, but looked forward to life in heaven. He will be missed by all who knew him.
RJ is survived by his wife, Bev Nohr of Glencoe; mother and step father, Grace Bernhardt and her husband, Ralph, of Manitowoc, WI; daughters, Shannon Mattson and her husband, Jeremy, of Glencoe, and Megan Gonzales and her husband, David, of Aurora, CO; and grandchildren Luke, Joe and Samantha Mattson.
He is further survived by siblings Kathy Lorenz (Ed), Judith Anderson (Mark), Jim Nohr, Mary Schussman (Randy), Barb Loomer (Butch), Lori Hardrath (Greg), Susan Hardrath (Terry), Chuck O’Neil (Jennifer), and Jane Richardson (Steve); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
RJ was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Nohr; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and LaMata Bullwinkle.
A Celebration of Life took place Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, with a gathering of family and friends two hours prior to the service at the chapel. Pastor Randy Schussman officiated at the service. Nicole Gepson was the organist, and special music was “Amazing Grace” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Congregational hymns included “Amazing Grace,” and “Medley of Hymns.”
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.