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1 of 1 | Posted by: Sarah Clooten Mohler - Fargo, ND

     Robert F. "Bob" Clooten, 82, Bismarck, died April 26, 2004, surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 29, 2004, at the Church of the Ascension, Bismarck, with the Rev. Marvin Klemmer and Rev. Gary Benz officiating. Burial will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan with military honors by VFW Post 1326.

     Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Wednesday at Eastgate Funeral Service where a vigil service and a Knights of Columbus rosary will begin at 7:00.

     Robert was born August 20, 1921, in Mandan, ND, the son of Clemens and Odelia (Barth) Clooten. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 17. In 1942, he enlisted into the US Navy and served on the USS Barnes during WWII. After returning, he met Eva Schwarzbauer and they married on November 13, 1946 at Center, ND. Together they raised ten children. Robert worked at the Mandan Oil Refinery where he was a craftsman, retiring after 30 years.

     Robert and Eva enjoyed their retirement by traveling, fishing, and gardening. Robert's interests included dancing, carving, hunting, and time with his family.

      He was a member of the Iwo Jima Association, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal organization, the Eagles, and the VFW, in which he faithfully served in the Honor Guard. He was an active member of the Church of the Ascension.

     Robert is survived by his wife, Eva; his five sons, Bob (Sandy), Jim (Pam), Clem (Connie), Steve (Sandi), and Scott; his five daughters, Millie (Bernell) Renner, Karen (Dennis) Rasmussen, Lorie (Rip) Riopel, Linda (Bob) Deichert, and Joelle (Gregg) Pechacek; 27 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Leo, Donald, and Richard Clooten; and his sisters, Dorothy Reidinger and Joanie Winbauer.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials or masses can be given to the donor's choice.

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