Robert Alcorn


Walnut Grove Funeral Home – Walnut Grove, MN


Robert Alcorn

Robert Leo Alcorn, age 83, of Marshall, formerly of Walnut Grove, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Prairie Home Hospice. 

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. 

Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Catholic Church with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary.  Interment is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Robert Alcorn was born December 8, 1927 in Bridgewater, SD to Clifford and Elizabeth (Gossman) Alcorn.  He was baptized in Bridgewater.  At the age of 6, Robert and his family moved to Walnut Grove where he was later confirmed.  He attended District 19 School in Johnsonville Township and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1945.  Robert served in the US Navy from September, 1950 to June, 1954 and was stationed in Norfolk, VA.  On December 27, 1952 he was united in marriage to Joyce Johnson in Sioux City, IA.  Robert farmed north of Walnut Grove until 1983, when he moved into town where he resided for more than 20 years. In 2006 he moved to Marshall.  He worked part-time as a mail carrier while farming and then full time after retiring from farming. He retired from the mail route in 1992 and devoted his time to his two passions, his family and woodworking.   Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions, Marshall Area Men’s Chorus, woodworking group and Walnut Grove American Legion.  Robert enjoyed singing, music, fishing trips and woodworking.  He was very interested in politics, but even more passionate about all Minnesota sport teams.  Robert loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Robert is survived by Joyce, his wife of 58 years; children: Betty (Ron) Kassel, Bill (Tara) Alcorn, Becky (Kerry) Knakmuhs, Ron (Toni) Alcorn, Don (Lisa) Alcorn, Barb (Mark) Olson, John (Sue) Alcorn, Jeanne (Dwight) Anderson, Nancy (Mark) Lintner, Tony (Patty) Alcorn and Ben Alcorn; grandchildren: Megan Mattison, Tyson Kassel, Dustin Alcorn, David Alcorn, Cody Alcorn, Nash Alcorn, Matthew Knakmuhs, Nate Knakmuhs, Andrea Porter, Justin Knakmuhs, Amber Whalen, Holly Eisen, Spencer Alcorn, Blake Alcorn, Heather Alcorn, Robert Alcorn, Maria Alcorn, Christy Alcorn, Erica Olson, Jessica Olson, Gretchen Anderson, Taylor Doyle, Emma Doyle, Andrew Doyle, Brandon Anderson, Hannah Anderson, Shannon Anderson, Emily Lintner, Chase Alcorn and Eli Alcorn; great grandchildren: Aidan Mattison, Ethan Mattison, Logan Alcorn, Lauren Alcorn, Henry Alcorn, Eleanor Alcorn, Noah Knakmuhs, Lauren Knakmuhs, Orion Knakmuhs, Ella Knakmuhs, Ian Knakmuhs, Leighton Porter, Henry Whalen, Cormic Whalen, Murphy Whalen, Maisy Eisen, Sawyer Eisen, Lilah Alcorn and Avery Olson; siblings: C. Donald “Sandy” (Mary Ann) Alcorn and Mary Como.  He is preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Elizabeth Alcorn, siblings William Alcorn, James Alcorn, Annette “Sug” Markell and granddaughter Mallory Anderson.


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