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Robert D. Jokumsen

May 11, 1942 — November 9, 2023

Robert Duane Jokumsen, born on May 11, 1942, in Mahnomen, Minnesota, went to meet his Lord on November 9, 2023. He was 81 years old.

To honor and remember Bob, services will be held in Wahpeton, ND. A visitation is scheduled at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home on Sunday, November 12, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm with the prayer service starting at 6:30 pm. The funeral service will take place at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, on Monday, November 13, at 11:00 am, with visitation one hour prior to the service, followed by a graveside service in Maine, MN, at 3:00 pm. In celebrating Bob’s life, let us emulate his infectious chuckle, his keen eye for a deal, the love story he created with Sharon, and his joyous love for grandkids and family.  Bob is in peace with the Lord. 

Bob had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor.  His life was a dedication to family, and he would tell you he had the PERFECT 6 grandkids. Bob was decent at Golf, liked to fish, but LOVED those grandkids.

A graduate of Mahnomen High School, he met Sharon the love of his life and they wed on Feb 8, 1965. Bob continued his education at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND, where he eventually settled. Bob taught for a season at NDSCS and then continued his professional journey as a draftsman and exceptional engineer which led him through local manufacturing companies such as WiI-Rich, Ro-banks, and WCCO. He retired from WCCO in 2009.

Bob’s retirement with Sharon was marked by extensive travel, yet his heart found its anchor at his cherished Lake Home in Pickerel, MN.  He was the proud “Papa” over the annual gathering with his family on the 4th of July. 

A true craftsman, Bob possessed the remarkable ability to fix anything with precision. His talents extended beyond mere repairs; he crafted cradles for his own children and his grandchildren.  As the grandkids grew up, he built whatever they could dream up from PVC pipe crutches to ski equipped sleds. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the construction of the local hockey arena in Wahpeton.

Bob’s affinity for building extended beyond structures to enduring relationships. His deep friendships, forged over pinochle games, rounds of golf, and motorcycle adventures, were a testament to the profound impact he had on others.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; his devoted children, Chad (Karen) Jokumsen, Grants Pass, OR, Robyn (Lance) Teel, Boise, ID; grandchildren, Maci (Kevin) Luther, Teigan (Alyssa) Jokumsen, Meredith, Madeleine, Wade and Wyatt Teel; and his siblings, Norma Hughes, Dick Jokumsen, and Don Jokumsen. 

He was preceded by his parents, Herman and Nora (Bicket) Jokumsen; infant son, Wade; and siblings, Betty Tremle and Herman “Curly” Jokumsen. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bethel Lutheran Church Wahpeton, ND and Maine Presbyterian in Maine, MN.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home.



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Sunday, November 12, 2023

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

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Monday, November 13, 2023

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