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Robert Newton

July 20, 1922 - August 23, 2010


1-2:00 P.M. Thursday, August 26 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. Thursday, August 26 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Robert Newton

July 20, 1922 - August 23, 2010


Robert S. Newton, 88, Moorhead, MN died Monday, August 23, 2010 at Eventide, Moorhead, MN under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley surrounded by family.

Robert was born July 20, 1922 in Mahnomen, MN to William and Julia (Saice) Newton.  He attended Mahnomen High School.

On December 27, 1940 he entered the Navy.  He was trained as a submariner at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, IL.  He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941.  He served in the Pacific theater until being honorably discharged on December 11, 1946.

He married Verla (Hoefel) Newton on September 25, 1948 in Moorhead, MN.  They made their home in Moorhead, MN.

He worked for 35 years at Northwestern Bell Telephone/USWest Company until his retirement in 1983.

He was a devoted father who enjoyed helping others, gardening, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Verla, Moorhead, MN; daughters, Roberta (Ron) Emerson, Dayton, MN, Karen Boehm (Barry Chouinard), Moorhead, MN, Karla (Craig) Johnson, Fargo, ND; sisters, Mary Donaldson, Florida, Marlys Sather, Fargo, ND, Ada (Jack) Jorgenson, Fargo, ND; grandchildren Bryan (Wendy) Emerson, Bentonville, Arkansas, Jill (Travis) Bistedau, Bloomington, MN, Nathan Johnson, Bismarck, ND.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, William and Julia Newton, 6 brothers, Ernie, Charles, Paul, Frank, Bill, Vern; 2 sisters, June Abbott, Edith Brown. 


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  1. E John & Brenda Carlson says:

    Oxbow North Dakota
    It was an honor to know and work with Bob at Northwestern Bell for many years in my early career. We also were involved in many telephone things following his retirement. He was always a great guy to sit down with and have a cup of coffee and tell war stories especially Pearl Harbor and submarine stories. He was one of my heros and a genuine patriot. God bless the memory of Bob Newton!


    moorhead minn my son & I met bob at eventide, when my husband was also there. he was a quiet man, & enjoyed just riding around in his wheel chair. he would stop & vivit now & then, we also met his wife verla & daughters. a very loving family. sorry for your loss, god bless you all.

  3. paulette albright says:

    fort scott kansas I am Paul Newton oldest daughter. So sorry to hear about Uncle Bob… Aunt Mary tries to keep me abreast of the family up north but a lot of times it is after the facts. Please feel free to drop me a line about the family. We would sure like the updates

  4. Fran Brummund - Fargo Air Museum says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Bob Newton. We were very honored to have him as a special guest and speaker in December 2006 at the Fargo Air Museu. It was indeed a very special evening and a pleasure to meet him. What a kind and courageous soul he was. We will honor him always.

    May you all seek solace in the special memories you hold.

    Best regards,

    Fran Brummund

  5. Bert says:

    Dayton MN
    You were and always will be my hero. I knew when I
    needed something you would always
    be there.
    I’m know you will always be there even
    though your time on earth is done.
    It was a privilage and an honor to know and call you
    my Dad!
    I will alway carry you in my heart.
    I love you Dad.

  6. Bryan Emerson says:

    Centerton ArkansasGrandpa, I will miss you dearly. I will never forget the thoughtfulness and kindness you showed. I will never forget the times that I did get to spend with you and I will carry those with me forever. Grandpa you were hero to me and many others. You left a great impression on everyone you met. You are a TRUE HERO! We will grandpa and grandson again in the future. When that time comes…The Coke is on me.
    I love you Gramps!!

  7. karla johnson says:

    fargo ND
    Dad: I thank you for being the very best Dad! I love you so much and will miss you. I’m so glad you are in heaven with no more dementia. It is an honor and a privledge to be your daughter. all my love. kark

  8. Mike and Aliceann Donadson says:

    Panama City Fl. We are so sorry for your loss. I remember uncle Bob so well when he use to stop at Firestone with a company vehicle and visit with my Dad. He will be missed!

    Michael Donaldson

  9. Richard & Marlene Rayment says:

    Audubon MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

  10. Michael Amundson says:

    Fargo NdMy condolences to the Newton family.

    It has a pleasure getting both Bob and Verla over the years.

    He will be missed.

  11. Nathan Johnson says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    Bob was the best grandpa someone could ask for! He was one of the most loving and kindest people I have ever know. I love you Bobby!

  12. Mary Donaldson says:

    Tallahassee FloridaLove you Bob

  13. Karen Boehm says:

    Always and forever pal.
    I love you and miss you very much.
    I was very blessed to have you for a dad.
    See you someday.
    God bless you.

  14. John Annette says:

    Waubun MN
    I think of you often old friend. I treasure all the great times we had and will keep our special memories forever.

  15. Cheri Eraker says:

    Fargo ND
    I so enjoyed visiting with Bob at Eventide when I was there with my dad,(Ray Erickson). He always had such a cute smile. The battle is now over for those two great Navy guys.

  16. Pam Annette says:

    Waubun MN
    I only knew Bob since 1997, but what he joy he was. He was like a member of our family. We loved having him come and stay with us and oh my, the fishing and hunting stories those men told when they got together. And always lots of laughs!
    He was a special man and is deeply missed.

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