Tormanen, Robert Ernest 70

Robert passed away at his home in Cokato on September 6, 2013.

Robert Ernest Tormanen was born in Litchfield, Minnesota on December 9, 1942 to Eino and Agnes (Ailie) Tormanen. He grew up North of Cokato, and graduated from in Cokato High School in 1960.  On June 30, 1960 Robert entered the United States Army and served overseas.  He was honorably discharged on June 21, 1963.

On January 7, 1967 Robert married Grace Pennala at Farmington Hills, Michigan. The couple was married by Reverend Raymond Tolkki.  They made their home in a total of 18 places since they were married: living first in Detroit then Cokato, then back to Detroit, and finally back to Cokato.

Robert worked for a time at Ford Motor Company, and then became a mail carrier.  After retirement from the Post Office he went into real-estate, worked for an expediting company, delivered the Detroit News and Free Press, and recently drove charter bus for Holt Charter.

Robert enjoyed Gardening, outdoors hiking and camping, reading, and he wrote an auto-biography. He was a very active individual.

Robert passed away at home in Cokato after a battle with cancer, on September 6, 2013. He had reached the age of 70years, 8 months and 28 days.

Survivors include his wife Grace of Cokato.  Children; Sherry (Wayne) Anderson of Laurium Michigan, Gregory (Sharyn) Tormanen of Howell, Michigan, Kenneth (Jennifer)
Tormanen of Dassel, Karen (Aaron) Davison of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, Mari (Brian) Peite of Dassel, Eric (Sheila) Tormanen of Dassel, Renee (Jonathan) Wesa of Cokato, Joel (Nichole) Tormanen of Cokato, and Teresa (Jay) Johnson of Howell Michigan.  39 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Brothers and
sister: Richard (Anne) Tormanen of Dassel, Joan (Robbin) Lindula of Edgewood, Washington, and Calvin (Susan) Tormanen of Park Rapids.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, son Tom, and infant daughter Mary.

Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Monday September 9, 2013 at First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Dassel

Visitation 4-9 PM Sunday at the Church

Interment Cokato Finnish Cemetery