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Robert Refsell

By Staff | May 18, 2010

Robert Refsell

WALLINGFORD – Funeral services for Robert Refsell, 85, of Estherville will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Wallingford Lutheran Church with Lori Westfall officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Wallingford Lutheran Cemetery.

He died Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Robert Jorstad Refsell, the son of Ole and Mildred (Jorstad) Refsell, was born June 22, 1924, in Wallingford.

He graduated from Estherville High School. After graduation he attended Estherville Junior College.

On June 30, 1946, Robert was united in marriage to Wilma L. Herke in Graettinger. The couple made their home in rural Wallingford where they raised their family and farmed. He also sold Dekalb Seed for many years. In 1988, Robert retired and moved to Estherville. In his leisure time Robert enjoyed collecting Farmall tractors and cars.

He was a member of Wallingford Lutheran Church, holding several church offices. Robert was also a High Lake Township Trustee, a Wallingford Elevator Board Member and was on the Emmet County Mutual Insurance Board.

Left to cherish Robert’s memory are his wife, Wilma, of Estherville; his children, Elaine Bruns and her husband, Jerry, of Bowling Green, Ohio, Dean Refsell and his wife, Diana, of Wallingford and Bert Refsell and his wife, Shelly, of Wallingford; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Arlene Henkelvig, of Emmetsburg; brothers-in-law, Willard Herke and his wife, Joan, of Graettinger and Richard Herke and his wife, Rose, of Emmetsburg and also by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Robert in death were his parents and sister, Carol Petersen, and in-laws, Bill and Kate Herke.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com