Robert (Bob) Stenstrom, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away Friday, Sept 20, 2013, surrounded by family in Rochester.
Bob was born in Big Springs, S.D., on July 19, 1930, to Ivar and Ruth (Carlson) Stenstrom. He grew up on a farm, attended a one-room school house and graduated from Alcester High School in 1948. Bob enlisted in the Air Force where he taught radar equipment usage while stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., during the Korean War. Bob graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and earned his master's degree in physics from the University of Minnesota
. Bob taught astronomy at Augsburg College early in his career. He was then employed as an aeronautical engineer with Honeywell for many years and worked on several space programs, including the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.
Bob was an avid astronomer and a gifted teacher. He loved painting, photography and gardening. Bob will be remembered for his great sense of humor and fun-loving spirit.
Bob is survived by his wife, Joyce (Peterson) Stenstrom and first wife, Phyllis (Bergdale) Stenstrom and their three daughters, Marcia Cozzolino, Rebecca Leblanc (Bill) and Sue Nelson. He is also survived by a brother, Warren Stenstrom (Lois); grandchildren, Dave Cozzolino, AJ Schulz, Kate Cozzolino Benvenuti, Ali Schulz Gordon, Jamie Nelson, Tom Cozzolino, Lindsey Nelson and Tessa Leblanc; four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Roger and two sisters, Frances and Janice Stenstrom.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester MN 55902.
Memorials preferred to World Vision.