Robert Stephen Tomlinson, 74, Luverne, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Robert Tomlinson was born on Dec. 7, 1946, to Robert and Hazel (Larson) Tomlinson in Luverne. He was baptized at First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1964 and then worked at Jordan Millwork in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, making cabinets and windows.
In May 1967, Robert enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge in March 1969, he returned to Jordan Millwork where he worked for many years.
On Dec. 12, 1970, Robert married Dianna DeZeeuw at the Methodist Church in Lake Benton, and the couple lived in Luverne. During a strike, Robert began working for A.R. Wood as a welder and in the brooder department. When the company closed down, he worked for Land O’ Lakes as a bagger. In 1987 Robert had knee surgery, and a short time later he retired due to health issues. He then went into full-time service helping others.
Robert was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. He was a member of the Luverne Lions Club, Woodcarvers, VFW, American Legion Honor Guard, and a church greeter at the Veterans Home.
In his spare time, Robert enjoyed woodworking, scroll work, driving all the grandkids to pre-school, taking scenic drives, and visiting. He loved raising calves and helping the grandkids show animals through 4-H at the fair.
Robert is survived by his wife, Dianna Tomlinson of Luverne; a daughter, Laura (Rodney) Richters of Luverne; four grandchildren, Brittney (Kurtis) Van Gent, Brenton (Aimee) Richters, Brian Tomlinson (significant other Courtney Kruger), and Breanna Richters (significant other Andy Wolters); and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna Loud.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, hartquistfuneral.com.