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Robert Young Sandberg

(Bob or Sandy)

St. Cloud

Hibbing, Tower & Grand Rapids

January 10, 1922 - May 8, 2015

Bob Sandberg was born in Rice Lake, WI to Sievert & Ethel Sandberg. He graduated from Rice Lake High School and the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Bob and Martha Craig Way were married on March 22, 1947.  A union they both relished for over 68 years.

While at the U of M, Bob played Gopher football, serving as captain in 1946.  He served in the Army Air Corp as a Navigator during World War II.  After college Bob had seversal successful years in the Canadian Football League.  He was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Hall of Fame in 1985.

Upon retirement from football in 1950, Sandy (to his wife and family) and Martha settled in Hibbing, MN where he operated his architecture practice until 1990 then in semi-retirement on Lake Vermilion and in Grand Rapids, MN.  He was an avid golfer, tennis player, hunter and fisherman.  He and Martha loved skiing and sailing.  They loved to entertain and enjoyed many memorable times with their numerous friends and business associates.  In 2010 together with daughter Bobbie and husband Steve, they settled in their current home in rural St. Cloud.

Bob was ever the entertainer, delighting kids of all ages with stories, tricks, mimes and antics such as his famous "rubber-leg dance" the "Ike and Mike" card story that he tailored for any audience and "walk-goes-the-lady" for the wee ones.  This was a gift that he continued to demonstrate throughout his final years.  In hospice for over 15 months the nurses often squabbled over who got to visit the Sandbergs that day.

Bob is survived by his wife Martha, children; Becky (Bill) Velde of Missoula, MT; Craig of Oak Hill, NY and Bobbie (Steve) Hentges of St. Cloud, 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Todd, sister Connie Pile and brothers Lynn and Dixon.

Per Bob's request there will be no funeral or memorial service.  In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial to CentraCare Health Hospice in St Cloud.  A special thank you to all of the staff at CentraCare Hospice an especially Molly Dunn and Peg Winkleman.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 11, 2015
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