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Robert Oldenburg, 84

Jun 26, 2011

Robert Oldenburg

Blue Earth — Robert Oldenburg, age 84, of Blue Earth, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth.

Funeral Services were held June 24, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Wesley Hafner officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Kenosha, Wis. He grew up in Mehnoman as a young boy before being orphaned and living a few years at the Minnehaha orphanage. He was adopted by his parents, William and Ora (Klatt) Oldenburg and moved to rural Elmore where he attended school. He worked on the family farm before entering the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was discharged and returned home in 1946 and soon met and married Ardella C. Pingle on Jan. 10, 1948, in Lakota, Iowa. The couple had three sons. Robert worked with some area farmers and worked at the light and power plant where he was badly burned in the mid 1960s. Soon after he started Oldenburg Sales & Service, an outdoor power equipment sales and repair store. He worked with his son, Randy, at the store for many years before retiring in 1987. Ardella died in 1997, and he was later married to Irdene Christianson on Jan. 2, 1999, in Blue Earth. Robert liked to travel in his later years, but mostly liked activities centered around his family, especially fishing and sporting events with his sons.

He is survived by his wife, Irdene Oldenburg, of Mankato; sons, Ronald (Jan) Oldenburg, of Coon Rapids, Randy (Linda) Oldenburg, of Lakeville, and Mike (Jean) Oldenburg, of Madelia; sister, Beatrice, of Hastings; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Ardella.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com