Bob Ebbesen


Bob EbbesenBob Ebbesen age 90 of Redwood Falls passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 at Wood Dale Nursing Home. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 22 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Military honors by the Redwood Falls Legion and VFW will follow. Memorials are preferred to Friends of the Park. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bob B. Ebbesen was born September 15, 1924 to Maud (Hines) and Eric T. Ebbesen in Revere, Minnesota. He graduated from Lamberton High School in 1942 and then worked on the family farm. Bob was drafted into the US Army in 1943. In 1946, his father died and he returned home to work on the farm. Bob attended Macalester College and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1952. Following graduation, he began practice with the Morten and Foreman Law Firm in Redwood Falls. Beginning in 1955, Bob also worked every Wednesday at their Lamberton office until its closing in 2005. In 1959, the office in Redwood Falls changed its name to Foreman and Ebbesen and in 1995 it changed to Ebbesen and Sarrazin. In 2002, it changed to Ebbesen, Passe and Whitmore. Bob retired in January 2007 after having worked for 55 years.

Bob was involved in several clubs, organizations, and boards, including Rotary Club in 1952, where he served as President in 1973. He resigned in December 2006 after having been a member for 44 years. In 1955, Bob became the attorney for the Redwood Electric Cooperative in Clements. He retired in 2002 after 47 years. He was also the Redwood County attorney from 1955 through 1966 and again from 1987 through 1991.

Bob and Pamela enjoyed hosting brunches and small dinners to large parties. He liked to barbeque a variety of meats. He enjoyed visiting with people and telling stories and jokes. He had a wonderful capacity to enjoy people and life. Bob and Pamela enjoyed traveling and visited every state in the United States as well as many countries abroad.

Bob is survived by his wife Pamela of 42 years; daughter Elizabeth of San Francisco, CA; and grandchildren Cornelia and Vaughn Touw. He is also survived by a niece Deborah Houdek of Brunswick, ME, nephews Steven Houdek of Minneapolis, and Brian Van Duzee of Boulder, CO, and cousins Dorothy Killiren of Austin and Donna Kates of Long Island, NY. He is preceded in death by his parents Maud and Eric Ebbesen, sisters Regina Van Duzee and Carol Houdek, niece Diedra Van Duzee, and a few aunts, uncles, and cousins.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Blessed be his memory.


  1. Don & Diana Schultz says:

    Pam, Our condolences in the death of your husband. You two always seemed to enjoy doing things together. Your marriage was an example of what marriage was intended to be. Loved the quote at the end of Bob’s obituary.

    • Pam Ebbesen says:

      Thanks for your kind, and thoughtful comments, Diana! We did have fun jeep rides. I will miss him, but he had a long & fulfilling life. Take care, Pam

  2. Sarah Cook-Burton says:

    Bob was a good family friend. He lived across the street from us when I was a child. I have many great memories of Bob. Riding around in his jeep and motorcycle as a teenage, of course scared at the same time. Trying to get into his secret room in his new home. He was a great man and I know he will be missed. My condolences to his family.

    • Pam Ebbesen says:

      Bob talked about the Cooks who lived across the street from him in! So many wonderful stories about your parents, etc. Thank you for your kind comments.

  3. Patty Amberg says:

    My thoughts and praters are with you and Elizabeth and family! I just came across one of Bob’s retired lawyer business cards. I have so many memories of Bob, riding through the park in his jeep; his birthday party at Jackpot and we all had t-shirts made up “Bob girls”; having brunch in your home many times, the Recorders office dressing up as attorneys-Bob being one of them; Bob coming to the office, always with treats, a smile, and something funny to say. It was fun to joke around with him, but he always had some words of encouragement for me too. Great times! He was a “Sweet Ole Boy”! He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Thinking of you with sympathy!

    • Pam Ebbesen says:

      Thank you for your kind comments, Patty! He loved his girls! That was his second home. He loved hanging out with you all& telling stories & jokes. We all had a lot of happy times over the years. He will be missed.

  4. Harry & Joyce Johnson says:

    We send sympathy and love to our dear friend, Pam. We are in Colorado at the moment and will not be at Bob’s funeral. We are sorry that we won’t be there with you. In the meantime, we hold you close in our hearts and in our minds. We hold you and your family up in prayer. Love, Joyce and Harry

    • Pam Ebbesen says:

      Thank you dear friends! He lived a full & long & happy life. He wanted to reach his 90th birthday and he did! He will be missed. I hope you have a great trip. Take care, Pam

  5. Penny Christy says:

    Dear Pam,
    So sorry to hear about Bob. He was a great guy and will be missed. I have known him a long time from working at HomeTown Bank for 34 years. We did a lot business with the lawyers office. He always love to joke with us at the bank. He always had a smile. I loved seeing both of you riding the jeep through the park. You and your family have great memories with Bob. My prayers and deepest sympathy to you, Elizabeth and your grandchildren.
    If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know. I would be glad to help.
    Penny (Hawton) Christy

    • Pam Ebbesen says:

      Thank you for your kind & thoughtful comments. Bob loved visiting, telling stories and jokes. He loved people! Take care Penny. Love, Pam

  6. Pam Ebbesen says:

    Thank you so much for your kind comments! He will be sorely missed!

  7. Bobbi Riley says:

    Dear Pam,

    Sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I always enjoyed our visits. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bobbi Riley

  8. Ruby Gustafson says:

    So sorry, Pam & family. I so respected Bob and his kindness to the elderly when I worked with him in real estate . And our chats about the olden days. We are unable to be @ his funeral but our prayers are for him and you @ this time. Don & Ruby.

    • Pam Ebbesen says:

      Thank you Ruby for your kind and thoughtful comments, Ruby. He will be missed! 🙁 See you at Book Club. Take care, Pam

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