Robert O. Brink, 98, Horace passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Villa Maria Nursing Home, Fargo.

Robert was born June 16, 1913 in Fargo, North Dakota to Ole and Mattie (Adsero) Brink. Robert grew up in Horace, graduating from Moorhead High School. After graduation, Robert went to work on the family farm in Horace. He continued helping on the family farm until he was 88.

Robert married Irene (Trom) on November 27, 1943, in Breckenridge, MN. To this union, 2 children were born, Russell (Karen), Karen (Dennis) Fenske.

Robert was very active in the Lions Club, Sons of Norway, Horace Lutheran Church Choir, Horace Fire Board, Stanley Township Board; he was a charter member of the Senior Center, and Horace School Board. Robert was a proud Norwegian. He enjoyed volunteering throughout his community. He enjoyed music, playing the accordion in Ole's Octet. Robert and his wife Irene helped organize the square dancing group in Horace.

Robert is survived by his children, 4 grandchildren, Scott, Tim, Jeff (Kristi), and Tamara (Bryce) Dunford, 6 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Austin, Tyler Dunford, Mattie, Kaitlyn, and Elijah Brink. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers, Clifford, Oscar, Victor, and 4 sisters, Clara, Mabel, Florence, Olga.

Robert's family would like to thank the staff of Villa Maria Nursing Home and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the kind support and care they showed to Robert during his time there.

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  1. Missoula MTTo the Brink Family and especially Russell and Karen. Ginny sent me the notice of your dad’s passing. You were fortunate to have your dad so many years and even more fortunate to have such a wonderful father. Growing up with Russell and spending time with Robert made me appreciate what a wonderful family you all were. Robert was truly one of the “good guys” in the community. My deepest condolences to you all and I wish I were near enough to attend the funeral. You will be in my thoughts. With love and affection. Your old neighbor and friend, Rick Reep

  2. Willmar MN
    Sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. My prayers to the family. There are a lot of stories that could be told.
    He will always be remembered

  3. Dana Point CADear Russell and Karen:
    I send you my sympathies in the loss of your dear Father Robert Brink. He was a pillar in my mind, tall, always with a smile, always a wonderful member of the choir and always with a great sense of humor. It seemed that no problem was too big for Robert Brink. He made a big impact on my life just by being an example. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days. I wish I could be there to give you each a hug.

  4. Charleston SCI don’t ever remember Robert Brink without a big smile on his face and a willing hand to pitch in and help. I am truly sorry that I will not see him again during our upcoming visit to North Dakota

  5. Moorhead MN
    Dear Karen & Russell,
    For you I am sorry that he is not with you, but for him, I am so happy that he is with his family, your beloved Mother. Robert is a great man. He never forgot who we were.
    I am sorry that I didn’t see him before his passing, but I know he knew Christ so I will apologize personally when I see him again.
    My prayers of comfort and support are for you and his grandbabies.
    2 Corinthians 5:8
    “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
    Bless you all,
    Connie Holmen

  6. Northfield MN
    Such wonderful memories of Uncle Bob & Aunt Irene who were a team: Bob with his twinkling eyes, laughter & stories, the music & homemade ice cream on Christmas Eve. Irene baked the best cinnamon bread and never ran out of cookies for “coffee” 3 times a day. There was that huge garden, gooseberries in June, harvest dust, chill of winter milking. For these farmers, it was all about the land, the weather, the seasons.
    To Russell & Kay, Karen & Dennis, the grandkids, the great-grandkids: Rejoice in the good memories. Your parents left a fine legacy.
    Rosalee Trom Forkner, Northfield, MN

  7. Oakland CAI remember Robert Brink with great fondness from my growing-up years in Horace in the 40’s and 50’s. He was a very special man and I particularly remember his smile and his kindness. My deepest sympathy to the Brink family.

  8. Hoople ND
    Sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. My prayers to the family. I remember Robert as this large kind man. He was an icon in the Horace school system when I went and also involved in the church. I feel so many are better people for haveing known him. My prayers to Russell and karen and their families. He will be missed but not forgotten. And we will meet again!! God Bless.’ Ginny (Reep) Walker

  9. Longmont CO Bob was such a wonderful man. My dad told me stories of his childhood and would often mention Bob’s name, and how great of a person he was.

    You were so fortunate to have him in your life for so many years.

    My prayers are with Bob’s family. God Bless you all.

  10. Moorhead MN
    I will miss Uncle Bob. He was at the top of the list of special uncles.

    May God bless your family with all the good memories.
    With love, Marlene

  11. Edgeley ND
    My sympathies to the Brink Family. Robert was a fine man and I enjoyed visiting with him at Horace Lions Club. He always had great stories to tell.

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