Robert Paul Thiesen was born on Feb. 22, 1921, on a farm in southern Minnesota, the son of Paul and Christine Thiesen. He was the second of five children. He graduated from high school in Lakefield, Minnesota, in 1939 near the end of the Great Depression. Robert, who retired as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, was a WWII veteran. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with the class of 1948. Robert later joined First Bank System (now US Bank) in Lakefield. He and his family were transferred to Forsyth in 1957. After 32 years, Bob retired from the bank in 1984 as Chairman and CEO. Bob and Norma moved to Billings in 1985, where he was active in the Magic City Fly Fishers, Tax Counseling for the Elderly, SCORE and assisted in teaching fly tying and fly fishing to elementary school children and to adults.
Bob passed away on May 11, 2019.
He is survived by his wife of 68 happy and eventful years; daughters Sandra (Paul), Debra (Mark), Roberta (Joe), grandchildren Christopher, Eric (Johnna), Jess (Renae), Kyle, Jill (Bryce), Britta (Matt) and JoAna; and great-grandsons Logan, Anders, Boone, Oliver, Carter and future baby expected in July.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. West.
Donations may be made in Robert’s name to either the Magic City Fly Fishers, PO Box 21693, Billings, MT 59104; or to First Presbyterian Church.
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