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Robert E. Bean, February 21, 1942 - October 21, 2019

Robert E. Bean
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Robert “Bob” Ellis Bean, loving father and papa, passed away on October 21 at the age of 77 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was surrounded by his family and knew he was loved.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Katie Bean and his brother Larry.  He is survived by his children, Bob Jr (Marcy) Bean, Marsha (Grant) Anderson, and Molly (Tony) Hudson; grandchildren Evelyn and Samuel Bean, Nathan, Marlee, Marissa, and Malea Anderson, and Jack, Ellie, and Andrew Hudson; and many loving family members and friends.

Bob was born in Fargo, North Dakota on February 21, 1942.  He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1960. He attended North Dakota State University from 1960 to 1962.  He then attended Moorhead State College from 1962 to 1965 where he ran track and earned a History Degree.  He was married to Geraldine “Jeri” Mertes (1967-1994) taught for a few years in rural North Dakota, then moved to Red Wing, Minnesota in 1969 for a career as a Physical Education teacher and raised his family.  He retired in 2001 and later moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 2011 to be closer to his grandchildren. In his retirement he enjoyed golfing, garage sales, and many events for his grandkids.

Being born 3 months premature, Bob started his life as a fighter and carried that mentality throughout his life.  If Bob was told he couldn’t do something, he found a way to do it. He considered himself a teacher above all else; he loved to share his knowledge and experiences with others. He had a passion for coaching, volunteering, and most of all, his family.  He took great pride in his children’s accomplishments and doted on his grandchildren at every opportunity. He greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, Fgolfing, sports, and cooking. He could boast with the best of them and had a twinkle in his eye when telling his stories.  The personal accomplishments he was most proud of include Fargo Soap Box Derby City Champion, his active membership with the Elks and Kiwanis clubs, teacher for Red Wing School District for 31 years, and most of all, being a grandfather. Beyond that, he was a Driveway Basketball Champion, Top Raffle Ticket Salesman, Master Storyteller, Garage Sale Expert, and Grand Prankster.  He will be missed, but his teachings will live on in those who loved him.

Memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home. An Elks Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will also be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Red Wing Elks Lodge #845, 306 W. 4th Street, Red Wing, MN  55066.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Jeni Terzich November 11, 2019

    I just learned of Bob’s passing. My husband and I got to know Bob a little a couple years ago when he moved to the Classic where my Dad lives. They were down the hall from each other on the assisted living side and again, in the Garden. Bob would always chat with us and I remember he showed us his studio when my dad was looking to switch from his one bedroom. He was always on the go and always said hi. He was a nice man and will be missed. Our sympathies to all his friends and family.

  2. Sherri Scharpen Vanberg October 26, 2019

    Great man & coach he took me to state in the red wing hoop shoot contest

  3. Cassy R October 25, 2019

    You ever had a teacher that irritated your soul in a good way? That was Mr Bean. Always a fantastic story behind everything and he was always encouraging every single one of us to do our best. He never cared about your circumstances or treated anyone differently, but he genuinely cared about each of his students. ♥️????♥️ I’m so sorry for your loss, he truly was a treasure.

  4. David Ritter October 25, 2019

    Dear Family of Mr. Bean,
    I fondly recall a time, 1990 or so, when I looked forward to gym class with Mr. Bean. He pushed me to challenge my fears by climbing to the top of the rope in the Jefferson gym. His dodgeball games were a favorite as well.
    Thoughts and prayers- David

  5. Gordy Campbell October 24, 2019

    My Condolences to the family. He fought a courageous battle against a vicious disease.
    May he Rest in Peace..

  6. Kelly Bohmbach October 24, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers for Bob's family and friends...

  7. Jeri Bean October 23, 2019

    Bob, Marsha and Molly
    So Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was a very caring and loving father to all of you. He always told me that his children would be strong and caring. He knew how to make you strong and you listened well. I know you will miss his guidance and simply just chatting with him. Love you Bob, Marsha and Molly and so proud to be your Mom. Your Dad is at peace and his memories will always be in our hearts. Love Mom

  8. Lori Fearing October 23, 2019

    Bob, Marsha, Molly and families. Our sympathies to you during this difficult time. May you find peace knowing that your dad is at rest and pain free.

    Don and Ann Mertes
    Jeff Mertes, Randy Mertes
    Jay and Lori Fearing and family.

  9. Brad Rosecke October 23, 2019

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I know for me “Mr Bean” had the impact that only a great grade school phy Ed teacher can have in young men. A coach and role model that has life long impact. As I’ve raised sons and coached young athletes I know I’ve passed on his teachings many times! Praying for your family to have peace at his passing. Brad Rosecke