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Robert Perry Soiseth

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Robert Perry Soiseth

On Friday, May 23, 2014, a truly amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, in-law and uncle - not to mention sculptor, gardener, boat builder and orthopedic surgeon - left this earth to whatever lies beyond. Robert Perry Soiseth, 82, of Sioux City, Aschaffenburg, Iowa City, Panama City, Minneapolis and Two Harbors, spent his final few months at Cherrywood Pointe Memory Care in Roseville.

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Robert met Cherrol "Mimi" Bloom, of St. Paul, on South Long Lake one summer day; they dated long distance for a few years and then began the 57 years of a wonderful marriage that produced four children: Jonathan (Lisa), Kristin (Bodo), Luke (Jana) and Daniel (Tracy); and seven grandchildren: Alexandra, William, Eileen, Olivia, Sophia, Benjamin and Cole, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by his sister, Jayne Marie of North Sioux City, and a host of other nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by father, Walter, and mother, June, both of Sioux City.

At the end of his life, Robert battled Lewy Body Dementia, an awful disease and particularly cruel as he was an intensely intellectual man. A scientist through and through, he never stopped reading, learning and cultivating an infectious wonder at the natural world around him. He retired early and moved to the north shore of Lake Superior with Mimi, on 13 acres of wooded land, replete with whitetail deer, red foxes and the occasional black bear, a stream gurgling past the back door, and "the world's largest fresh water lake," as he was quick to point out, out the front windows.

The family will have a private celebration of his life in the summer, where we will raise a toast and sing his praises to the point where this modest man would be terribly embarrassed! We are deeply grateful to everyone who assisted with his care. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimer's research in his name.

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