Robert Bohlken

robert bohlken

Robert Gary Bohlken, 72, of Fargo, ND, passed away at Sanford Palliative Care Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Robert was born December 15, 1949 in Fargo, ND to Robert C. and Borghild (Headland) Bohlken. He grew up in Lisbon, ND and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1968 then attended North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton. He went on to marry Linda Sweet in 1970 and they welcomed two daughters Tracy and Wendy. He later married Julie Hall in 2005. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisbon. Robert was a business owner of Hardware Hank in Lisbon and Wahpeton, owned and operated Ransom County Ambulance service, and went on to work for the Veterans Administrative office in Lisbon. Upon retirement, he moved to Fargo to be closer to family.

Robert enjoyed the outdoors, especially visiting state parks, canoeing, hunting, camping, and hiking. He also enjoyed photography, but above all else, enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Robert is survived by his daughters Tracy Abel and Wendy (Dan) Halverson; grandchildren, Brody Halverson, Josie Abel; sister, Vicki (Dave) Kartio; nephew Doug Kartio; niece, Tami Kartio; and many cousins and friends.

Robert is preceded by his parents, grandparents, and son, Wayne.

Robert’s family will be holding a private graveside service at Oakland Cemetery in Lisbon at a later date.

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  1. Gary met my husband 40 years ago when he worked in the ER at St. Lukes hospital. They became hunting friends and that friendship grew throughout the years. Gary was a fun, generous man who loved the lakes, Lisbon, and his kids and grandkids.

  2. I knew Gary over many years working at Bohlken’s ( as was called at that time). Gary was a very kind man. He was the pride of Bob and Borgie and he kindly took care of the in their later years Bless Gary Bohlken.

  3. A wonderful friend and classmate of 1968! He will be missed by all his classmates and friends.

  4. Thoughts and prayers are sent to the family of Gary. The Lord received another angel in the heavens to watch over all of those still here on earth. God Bless

  5. So sorry to hear about Gary. He was a cousin with a very outgoing personality and always had a wave and a smile when you would see him on the street. He was 12 when I left Lisbon so we didn’t have a lot of time together but always enjoyed the time we had.

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