Published in the Pine City Pioneer April 6, 2017
Robert M. “Bob” Brotten of Pine City passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, surrounded by his wife and family.
Bob was born to David and Blanche Brotten on May 18, 1936, at the Maternity Hospital, Minneapolis. Bob was the youngest boy of eight children and was adored by his older sisters. Bob moved to California and graduated from San Jose, California High School. In June 1956, he married Lillymae Paul. Bob and Lillymae had five children and in 1969 moved back to Minnesota to raise their children on a farm in Pine City, where they lived until Lillymae passed away in 1973.
Bob and Nancy met and were married in October 1979, joining two families of now eight children. Bob and Nancy were best friends and enjoyed over 37 years of a fulfilled and happy marriage of deep love and devotion to one another.
After college Bob started his career in the Telecommunications business joining Pacific Bell as a lineman. In 1969 Bob transferred to Northwestern Bell in Minnesota. He worked in the regional area around Pine City and the Twin Cities.
He also worked long term special projects for Northwestern Bell in Rapid City, South Dakota after floods destroyed telephone lines. Later AT & T acquired Northwestern Bell where he finished his career with them in 1985.
In 1986, Bob and Nancy started their own successful business; “Brotten Communications.” The business had Bob and Nancy working side by side all over the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin on some very long days and nights.
Bob left his legacy as a loving husband to Nancy, dad to his eight children and grandpa to his 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Bob will be dearly missed for his smile, laugh, silly humor, friendship and love of others.
Bob is survived by his wife Nancy Brotten; children and grandchildren, Sarah Roller (Charles), Sam Taylor, Ben Taylor, Gabe Taylor; Synthia Muzingo (Jim), Jenny Bloyer, Theresa Rolf, Hiedi Isom, David Bloyer; Phyllis Skoglund (Trace), Eleesha Hruza, Desiree Hruza and Javier Hruza; Robert Brotten (Priscilla), Robert Brotten, Chelsea Rae Amrhein, Dakota Brotten; Susie Kranz (Jim – deceased), Shelby Kranz, Alyssa Kranz; Troy Rohweder (Mary Moritz); Andrew Rohweder, Emma Rohweder; Gina Hachey; sisters, Blanche “Toots” Smith, Rachael Felgelman and brother Bill Brotten; and many other special great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents David and Blanche Brotten; former spouse Lillymae Brotten; son-in-law Jim Kranz; sisters ClaraMae Basket, Phyllis Gesino; brothers, Dean Brotten, Darrell Brotten.
Reverend Charles Roller officiated the Celebration of Life service for Robert M. Brotten Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Robert Brotten are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Funeral Chapel; www.FuneralAndCremationService.com