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Robert E. Pape Sr., age 103

Robert E. Pape Sr., age 103 of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Center in East Grand Forks, MN.


Robert Erick Sr. was born in Esther Township of Polk County rural East Grand Forks, MN the son of William and Ida Pape.  Robert grew up in rural East Grand Forks and attended Banner School District  #51 (1 ½ miles from his farm) for 8 years.  He drove his truck hauling potatoes for R.L. Douglas.  In the winter he hauled coal for area businesses.  He married Luella Laidly in East Grand Forks.  Following Luella’s death he moved to his dad’s farm in rural East Grand Forks.  He married Clara Prudhomme in 1941.  Clara passed away on January 1, 1994.  He married Henrietta Collins on October 12, 1998 in Crookston, MN.  He wintered in AZ for a number of years.  He enjoyed fishing and spent many summers at his cabin on Cass Lake and later at Springsteele Resort on Lake of the Woods.

He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.  Robert was one of the founders of the East Grand Forks Heritage Foundation.  He was an honorary member for life of the Alvarado Lion’s Club.  He also served many years on the School Board and town board of Esther Township.


            Family members who survive Robert include his wife, Henrietta of East Grand Forks, MN; children, Robert (Donna) Jr. and Rodney (JoAnn) Pape both of East Grand Forks, MN, Marjorie (Jim) Gowan of Mesa, AZ, Dorothy (Oliver) Danielson of Santa Clara, CA and Carol (John) Johnson of East Grand Forks, MN; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

            Robert is preceded in death by his parents; wives, Luella and Clara; brothers, George and Fred; sisters, Minnie, Marie and Anna; great-grandchildren, Riley Pape, Joshua Gowan and Ryan Pape.


In Lieu of flowers the family respectively asks that memorials be given to The Good Samaritan, Bethany Lutheran Church or the Heritage Foundation of East Grand Forks, MN



Memorial Service:  10:00 AM on Friday, July 22, 2011 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN


Visitation:  5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and also 1 hour prior Memorial Service on Friday


Burial:  Bethany North Lutheran Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN


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Arrangements by Stennes Dahl Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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