Robert L. Messmer

Robert L. Messmer, of Kensal, ND, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Innovis Health in Fargo, ND.

Robert L. Messmer was born in Bordulac, ND, the son of Tony and Eva (Bassett) Messmer on December 11, 1927. He grew up and attended school in Bordulac.

On July 23, 1945, Robert married Norma Kollman in the Catholic Church in Bordulac. He was employed by the Soo Line Railroad for 40 years, retiring as Section Foreman in 1988. They lived in Cathay and Bordulac in their early years of marriage and moved to Kensal in 1959. They lived in Kensal until 2009, when they moved to Fargo.

He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, the Kensal Fire Department, and the Kensal School Board. Robert enjoyed hunting, gardening, and especially spending time with his family and friends. He always loved having the grandchildren with him. Robert enjoyed life to the fullest and was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Robert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma; eight sons, Bob (Dorothy), Hoquiam, WA, Glenn (Kathy), Vail, AZ, Joe (Marcie) Nampa, ID, Dean (Barb), Bismarck, ND, Dan, West Fargo, ND, Brian (Becky), Twin Falls, ID, Darren (Kelly), Mandan, ND, Kelly (Chereste), Buffalo, SD; five daughters, Joan (Tony) Rhodes, Arlington, TX, Deb (Mike) Alexander, Winnemucca, NV, Ginger (Mike) Goodman, Cary, NC, Connie (Jason) Gagelin, East Grand Forks, MN, Teresa (Jody) Walker, Grand Forks, ND; daughter-in-law, Janel, Fargo, ND; thirty-five grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Jeanette Partlow, Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jim; two brothers, Clarence and Ervin; and two sisters, Gladys and Gertrude.

The Family would like to thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers. Dad will be greatly missed.


Funeral Service: St. John’s Catholic Church, Kensal, ND

Date and Time: Monday, May 10, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Interment: Carrington Cemetery

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Name: Tory Hart

Date: 5-10-2010

Message: My condolences to your family on the passing of Bob. I was fortunate to have seen Bob last fall during hunting season west of the Jim River. I will always remember his love for hunting and the fellowship with those he hunted with. I will cherish my memories of him. Gods peace. Tory


Name: Kent Simonsen

Date: 05-09-2010

Message: What a great man and family. Our prayers go out to the family.
I will never forget Bob.


Name: Tabitha Murray

Date: May 8, 2010

Message: We send our love to you, the family. We are honored to know one of Bob's daughers and her family, Ginger. If she got ANY of her kindness and love from her dad, he WAS a wonderful man.
Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Bob, Tabitha, Alex & Alana Murray
Cary, NC


Name: Marlene Partlow

Date: 5-8-2010

Message: I will miss Bob so much! Not only was he a wonderful neighbor, but one of the sweetest people I have ever known! When my Dad passed away, Bob asked me if there was anything he could do for me. I told him that I needed a new Daddy. He hugged me & said he would! My love & prayers to the entire Messmer family.


Name: Pat Glanzer

Date: 4/7/2010

Message: Dear Norma and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. He was a wonderful man and I loved hearing his stories. It was a privilege to have known him during your time at Villa Maria. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. I will come by to see you soon Norma. Take care...



Name: Craig Zachmeier

Date: May 7, 2010

Message: Darren, Kelly, and all family members,

My sympathy goes out to all of you and I'm sorry for your loss. You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers-Craig


Name: Corene Lee

Date: 5-7-10

Message: Darren, Kelly and family,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I enjoyed our visits with him over the years. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Prayers to you all.
Mark, Corene and family


Name: Kathy

Date: 5-6-2010

Message: Hi Dan, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. I hope you are doing okay and know that we are all thinking of you at what we know is a tough time!! Take Care!! Kathy