Robert Jacob Jamsa, age 93, of Brocket, ND, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Grand Rapids, MN.
Robert Jacob Jamsa, age 93, of Brocket, ND, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Grand Rapids, MN. He was surrounded by family who loved him. Visitation will be Monday, May 20 beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2300 LaPraire Ave, Grand Rapids. President Darren Romans will officiate. Burial with full Military Honors will be at Harris Cemetery following the funeral service. Robert was born in Grand Forks, ND, in 1925 to Waino and Helmi (Ilkka) Jamsa. He grew up on the family homestead in Brocket. Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. After being discharged, Robert moved to Grand Rapids and worked in the mines where he learned the machinist trade. Robert and Margaret Julia Roberts were united in marriage on Dec. 11, 1946. He was an excellent machinist and built several sawmills in Grand Rapids which are still operational today. Robert built three homes from logs milled from his own sawmill from trees logged on his property. When Robert was 44, he returned to the Jamsa Homestead in Brocket. He farmed that land until his retirement at age 75. Robert loved the farm life and could do anything he put his mind to. Robert’s passion during retirement was restoring vintage tractors. He didn’t discriminate either, his tractors were green, red, yellow, gray, it didn’t matter if they were old, if they could be fixed, he was up to the task. He continued working on his tractors almost daily. Into his 90’s he still drove out to the farm almost daily to work on his next restoration project. Robert was preceded in death by; his parents; sons, David and Robert Jamsa; daughter, Colleen Melven; son-in-law, Brad Lefler; sisters, Edla Jamsa and Viola Harmon; and brother, Duane Jamsa. Robert is survived by; his wife of 72 years, Margaret; his daughters, Connie Lefler of Grand Rapids and Polly Clauson of Salem, UT; his sons, Darrell (Glenda) Jamsa of Starkweather, ND, and Ralph (Denise) Jamsa of Salem; daughter-in-law, Alicia Heimbuck; son-in-law, Greg Melvin; his brothers, Arne, Bernie, Bill, and Donald Jamsa, all of Grand Rapids; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.