Robert Pflipsen

robert pflipsen
Robert James Pflipsen, age 37 of St. Paul, MN, formerly of Bismarck, ND died Thursday, February 22, 2007 in his home in St. Paul. Bob was born on December 13, 1969 in Bismarck, ND to Gabriel and Mary Jo (Bergman) Pflipsen. He graduated from Bismarck High School and from UND with a Business Administration degree. He was employed with Signature Aviation at the Hubert Humphrey terminal in Minneapolis and was also employed with the Minnesota Judicial Branch as an employee labor relations specialist. Bob enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was an avid golfer who enjoyed anytime spent on the golf course. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Harry Bergman and Herbert Pflipsen. Bob is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Bergman of Detroit Lakes, MN; his father, Gary (RaAnne) Pflipsen of Grand Junction, CO; his brothers, Bill (Julie) Pflipsen of St. Paul, MN, Brian Pflipsen of Cascade, ID, Stephen (Heidi) Pflipsen of Prior Lake, MN; grandmothers, Mary Bergman of Phoenix, AZ and Elizabeth Pflipsen of Garrison, ND. Memorials are preferred to the MeritCare Foundation. Funeral Mass: Tuesday, February 27 at 2:30 pm at Church of the Nativity, Fargo. Visitation: Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 pm at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook at

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  1. Prior Lake MN
    I am very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend whom I have know since grade school. Bob was one of the funniest guys I have ever known. He had great charisma and was always making people laugh. I have many great memories of the times we spent together. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Bismarck ND
    Mary Jo, Gary and RaAnne: Our hearts go out to you. We were so sorry to hear this news and wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you. I am searching for your home addresses now as Julius missed them at work. Please know that we send you very warm and loving hugs. With love and very much sympathy, Julius and Patricia Lorz

  3. Mandan ND
    Dear Mary Jo

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I want you to know we are thinking of you. Our prayers are for strength and understanding. God bless you Mary Jo.
    Love Mark

  4. Missoula MTBob was GREAT person and a loyal friend. I will alway remember him as a person who lit up the room whnever he showed up. All of us brothers rom Delta Tau Delta will never forget Bob. He will truely be missed by all of us.

  5. Elko MN
    I went to school with Bob (Pflipper) at UND, and was his brother at Delta Tau Delta. I still remember the day he came to the house to see what joining a fraternity was all about. He came to my room while getting a tour of the house. That smile of his was in full gleam and how can you forget his laugh. From that day on he was apart of my life and when ever we got together for whatever reason he always brought his smile and laugh which would bring a smile to everyone’s face. He was just one of those people that had that something special that made every get together that much better. It did not matter if it was crossing paths to and from class or getting together with all the guys for night of fun. It’s amazing how many good memories I have about Pflipper and they all bring a smile to my face.

  6. South St. Paul MN
    I am going to miss Bob so much. He was the kindest friend you could ask for. He alway put everyone else ahead of himself and was great to be around at all times. Bob was my Minnesota
    Wild hockey buddy this year. I tried so hard to convert him over to becoming a hockey fan -) I think it worked cause we bought jerseys together and was even starting to pick up on the rules…. It’s pretty cool how much he loved his dog, peaches… That shows you how great of a guy/friend he was by the way he treated his dog…

  7. Apple Valley MN
    The Kronberg family is very saddened with the news of Flipper passing away. The memories I have from the Delta Tau Delta days to the most recent days are absolutely splendid and will be cherished forever. Flipper you where always good for a bunch of laughs and your own laugh was contagious in itself. Our families condolences to your family. The world has lost a valued player in the game of life. I will see you again Flipper, just not yet. In the words of Flipper, “God Bless”, you will be missed my friend and brother.

    God Speed Flipper!!!!

    Jason, Stacy, Tanner and Ryler Kronberg

  8. Farmington Minnesota

    You will be missed. Boys wekend will no longer be the same without you. Rest in peace my friend. God Bless.

  9. Marietta GeorgiaTo the Pflipsen family, I am very sorry about the loss of a caring, good, cheerful man in Bob. As a fraternity brother at Delta Tau Delta at University of North Dakota
    , I remember many late nites talking, having some cold beverages, and having a great time with Bob. He always brought laughter and an upbeat, relaxed tone during the stressful times in college. He will surely be missed.

    Your fraternal brother, Adam Grissom

  10. Lakeville MN
    Dear Pflipsen family,

    My name is Bryan Otremba and I was and Still am one of Bob’s (flipper)fraternity Brothers. I met Bob in 1995 at the university of ND
    . Bob was staying in the fraternity and had the room next door to mine. Matt Osting was his roommate at the time. I was a young freshman and seemed to get in trouble a lot. Bob took me under his wing and always put me back on the right track. There were several times when he would see me heading the wrong direction with School, or partying too much. He would pull me aside and quitley let me know that I was screwing up up and set me straight. He always did it in a quite mannor as to not call me out of the crowd. I looked up to Bob and to this day I am forever greatfull for who he was and what he did for me. I learned a lot from Bob. He was one of the funniest guys I knew. He always had a funny come back to a situation he was in. And let’s not forget the time he and Travis Wood left for a week of fun and adventure down to Minneapolis. We couldn’t find either and when they came bacck the stories went on for days. He is part of who I am today. Bob will forever be in all of our hearts and thoughts. Please take some comfort in knowing he will never be forgotten.


    Bryan Otremba
    Delta Tau Delta Brother

  11. Naperville ILI am very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    James Small
    Delta Tau Delta, University of North Dakota

  12. Chaska MN
    I have known Bob for nearly 15 years, he was a fraternal brother, a golf partner, a jokester and a very dear friend. There aren’t too many people that come along in our lives that make as much of an indelible impact as Bob did. His passing came far too early but I will forever remember his goofy smile, his imfamous nicknames, his free spirit and his knack for endearing everyone who came in contact with him. He truly was a special individual, a dear friend and a great human being, we will all live on with the memory and a little piece of Bob in each of us who have known him, not to mention a million great stories about the legend that was Bob Pflipsen.

    Take Care,

    Jack Rassier

  13. Fargo ND





  14. Watertown MN
    You have my deepest sympathies and prayers. Bob was a good friend and a great person. I met Bob when I was a freshman at UND. We were Delt brothers and Bob really made me feel at home. Later, at the slightest mention of my interest in moving to Minneapolis, Bob instantly offered me a job with Signature on the spot. Both testiments to the person he was, always willing to help a friend. He will be missed.

  15. minneapolis Minnesota
    I wish I would have known sooner..

    I was his HR Assistant @ASIG…
    His laugh was the best, You could hear him a mile away…
    He always made me laugh.

    We kept in touch after he left to go work for the state, kept telling each other that we had to get together for dinner, but we could not find the time.

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you & your family.

    Please let me know if i can do anything.


  16. Hudson WI
    I met Bob when I came to work for the Judicial Branch in late August. Bob’s door was always open and he always had time for questions, or just a friendly conversation. I am going to truly miss his humor and laughter. It is my pleasure and honor to have worked with Bob.

    God Bless….

  17. Waconia MN
    My deepest sympathy to your family on your loss of Bob!! I had a great opportunity to work with Bob on a Labor Management Committee, he was a very special person, he always brought some humor to us @ our meetings!! He will truly be missed by all of us on the LMC. Deb Buesgens

  18. Fargo ND
    So very sorry to hear about your son’s death. Just know I am thinking about you and wish I could take all the pain away.

  19. Bismarck ND
    I’m so sad to hear of Robert’s passing. I lost track of him since we were high school together but my memory of him is very pleasant. He was such a nice, funny, and all-around likeable guy. I am saying a prayer for his family and friends and hope that your memories of him can comfort you in your time of sorrow and grief.

    God Bless.

  20. Mesa AZ
    I want to offer my most sincere sympathy to the entire Pflipson family, especily Mary Jo, Gary, Bill & Juli,and Bryan. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I always have had, and will continue to have the fondest memories of Bobby growing up next door in Bismarck. Sometimes life doesn’t seem to be fair. It is so unfortunate that we have to lose someone so young and vibrant. Bobby grew into such a fine young man. The last time that I saw him, was at Pat & Kela’s wedding. We talked about our mutual interest in golf, and agreed that we’d attempt to get together and play in the near future. I will regret for a long time that I never had the opportunity to play golf with Bob.

    You can take comfort in knowing that Bobby is in good hands. I’ll bet he is posting a bunch of birdies and Eagles on that heavenly scorecard.

    Best wishes to all of you. Treat yourselves well.


  21. Bismarck ND
    Dear Mary Jo,
    I cannot tell you enough how sad it was to see the passing of your son. I know personally from our past how much you care for your boys. Please know that my prayers are with you in your greatest time of need. My heart is with you.
    David A. Gloria

  22. Moorhead 56560Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. God is always with you, Don and Corinne and family

  23. Tempe AZ
    Mary Jo,Bill and Brian,
    We feel so useless saying just words to you. We want to do more! But, please know that we are thinking of each of you.
    God is with you and loves you so much.
    Charla and Leonard

  24. Mandan ND
    58554Mary Jo:
    I am deeply sorry for the loss you have experienced. It must be so difficult to lose your son. I remember our days working together and of you talking about your boys. So although I never met him, I felt as if I did through you and sharing stories of him. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
    Mary Kay Rudnick

  25. Bellevue WAHow sad I was to hear of Bob’s (Flipper) sudden death. Please accept my sincere condolences. I went to UND with Flipper and was his roommate for several years. Flipper was a good friend. I will always remember his laugh.

  26. Bismarck ND
    Many good memories of growing up with the Bob, Biller and Brian (Monkey Muscle) My deepest sympathy to all of you..

    I wish it was possible for me to be there..


    George W. LaFave

  27. Maplewood Minnesota
    Bob will be truly missed here at work. He was a great guy with great character. He always knew how to make us laugh. He will be truly missed. He was a co-worker, a friend, and a great person. It will not be the same without him here. However, he will always be here in spirit. Bob, we will miss you.

    Jason Kujanen

  28. Sherburn MN
    I had the pleasure of working with Bob when he worked at the Judicial Branch. He was a wonderful person. He was funny, intelligent and just a joy to work with. My sympathy to your family.

  29. Eagan MN
    Sorry for your loss. I knew Bob through Delta Tau Delta at UND. He was smart and witty and was undoubtedely one of the funnest guys around.

  30. Bismarck ND
    Mary Jo,

    My heart goes out to you in the loss of your dear son, Bob. I am praying for you and your family and I hope that if there is anything I can do to help ease your pain that you will call on me.

    With my love,

  31. Minneapolis MN
    Dear Bill,
    We were so saddened to hear of your brother’s death. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  32. Minneapolis MN
    The friends and colleagues of Bill Pflipsen at Larsen Design Office in Minneapolis wish to send our condolences to the family on your loss of Robert. We hope that your time spent together in the days ahead will keep Robert’s spirit alive and provide strength to all of you. You are in our thoughts.

  33. Bismarck ND
    Gary, Mary Jo, Steve, Bill, and Brian,

    I was stunned to hear about Bob. I can’t imagine the hole in your hearts and lives that his passing has left. I am unable to attend services tomorrow, but know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow.
    May God above give all of you the strength to move forward and beyond these very trying times.
    We certainly don’t know what God’s purpose and meaning for this is, and it definitely seems to be the wrong order for these things to happen, but someday you will know why he has put your family through this tough time. Until then, know that the love of your friends and family is there for you, and that we are praying for you.

  34. Arlington TXI am so sorry to hear about Robert’s death. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bobby was my brother’s best friend before we moved to Texas and he was like an big brother to me. He was such a great person that had such a compassion for life. I remember his smile, generousity, and his compassion for people the most. He will be truly missed.


    Elisabeth Potts (formerly Arnold)

  35. Barnesville MN
    Dear Pflipsen Family,

    I am extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Bob. My heart goes out to all of you in this time of grieving. I have not seen Bob in many years but he will always be the fun loving, jovial person that I remember from high school. We shared many good times together and I will keep those memories forever.

    Once again, my family (Kerry-wife, Kylie-daughter, and Kellen-son) send our condolences and prayers to all the members of the Pflipsen family.

    Rest in Peace Bob!


    Tracy Hinsz
    Class of 88

  36. Bismarck ND
    Dear Mary Jo and family,
    We were so very sorry to read in today’s paper of your son’s death. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve for Bob.

    Sadly, we will not be able to make it to Fargo for his funeral, but will keep you all close in our hearts. Let us know if there is any way to help.

    May God Bless and hold you close during this difficult and overwhelming time.

    Guy & Linda Shanta

  37. Bismarck 58502Mary Jo and family,
    My heart is heavy for your great loss,
    and you and your family are in my prayers now and always.
    I can’t imagine the sorrow that you are feeling, I pray eventually cherished memories give you the strength to face each future day and also may thoughts of those who care comfort you during this time of sorrow. God bless you and your family, and with love and prayers, Rosemary Eymann

  38. Rapid City S.D

    My Darling Mary Jo.My heart is broken for you.I shall walk beside you with every foot step you take in the coming days.Until we meet again,I send all my love and prayers to you and your family.Diane.