Robert A. Palm

HERON LAKE – A Celebration of Life Service for Robert A. Palm, 68, of Heron Lake, Minn., formerly of Mountain Lake, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., with Rev. Peter Kufahl and Rev. Steven Weiss officiating. Burial will be in Welcome City Cemetery.

Robert was called to his eternal rest on Thursday evening, April 24, 2014, at his home in Heron Lake, Minn. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., and one hour prior to the services at the church. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

Robert August Palm was born June 26, 1945, to Elmer and LaVonne (Russenberger) Palm in Fairmont, Minn. He resided in various towns including Jackson, Welcome and Alpha, Minn., where Bob was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alpha in May of 1959. Robert attended school in Alpha and Jackson, Minn. He then joined the United States Airforce. On March 7, 1964, he was united in marriage to Bertha Svalland at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield, Minn. After their marriage, they lived in Butterfield before moving to Mountain Lake. In 1965, they moved to Dundee where they both were employed at Campbell Soup Company in Worthington. In 1966, they moved back to rural Butterfield, where they worked for various businesses in the area. In 1967, they moved to Mountain Lake where Bob worked for Land O’ Lakes and then Ag-Chem of Jackson until his retirement after 30 years of over the road semi truck driving. In 2007, they moved to Heron Lake to be closer to their family. Bertha died on March 17, 2008. Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake and attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena. He enjoyed playing cards and playing pool, fishing and doing home renovations and watching Fox News. Bob was an active member of the Heron Lake Senior Citizens Center, where he was recently elected president. He also enjoyed riding his new Kawaski motorcycle with a local riding club.

Robert’s memory will be forever cherished by his four children, Tim Palm and Lisa Denn of St. Cloud, Minn., Teresa Burns and husband, Bruce, of Humboldt, Iowa, Christopher Palm and wife, Stephanie, of Hastings, Minn., and Candace Eads and husband, Scott, of New Richland, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Tanner, Alex, Emily, Nicholas, Shelby, Sydney, Luke, Severin, Reece, Eden, Samuel and Madelyn; one great-grandchild, Elijah; two sisters, Linnet Shover and husband, Kenneth of rural Alpha, Minn., and Linda Palm of Lakefield, Minn.; brother, Dennis Dunker of Willmar, Minn.; two brothers-in-law, Myron Svalland of Bigelow, Minn., and Elwood Svalland and wife, Kathy, of rural Butterfield, Minn.; sister-in-law, JoAnn Junker and husband, Ralph, of Butterfield, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bertha Palm; great-grandchild, Silas; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Svalland and Elvin Junker; sister-in-law, Sonja Junker; stepfather, Otto Dunker; father and mother-in-law, Lars and Esther Svalland and other relatives.