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Robert P. ‘Rob’ Highum

Tue, Oct 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Robert P. ‘Rob’ Highum, 97, of Rushford, Minn. died on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Rob was born on June 27, 1916, in rural Rushford to George and Gertie (Vaagen) Highum. He was raised west of Rushford where he lived and farmed all of his career. Rob was united in marriage with Clarice Hanson on February 22, 1941, in Peterson, Minn. Clarice died in 2003. In 2005, Rob moved off of the farm to Rushford. Rob was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church in Rushford. He was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church from 1916 to 2010, where he was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, church council member and president, and a member of the men’s club and choir. Rob was a member and president of the Rushford Lions Club; He also served on the Board of Directors for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and later on the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Foundation Board. Rob enjoyed golfing. He didn’t learn how to golf until he was 50. He shot his age many times for 18 holes when he was in his 80’s. Rob also enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, and traveling. He spent 25 of his winters in Arizona. Rob cherished his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his friend, Dr. John Peterson.

Rob is survived by four children: Darrel (Ellen) Highum of Rushford, Joan (Joseph) Francois of La Crescent, Minn., James (Katherine) Highum of Evansville, Minn., and Karen Highum of Arlington, Washington; eight grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Herbert (Ruby) Highum of Rushford and Glenn (Teddy) Highum of New Richmond, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, son, John and two brothers, Asmund and George M.

The funeral service will be on Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 p.m. at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford with the Rev. Kristin Rice officiating. Burial will be in the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford.

Rob’s family prefers memorials directed to the Trinity Lutheran ELCA Elevator Fund or to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.

Leave a memory of Rob, sign his online guestbook and view his tribute video when it becomes available at

Rob had a message to all of his loved ones, “Be the best you can and be happy”.

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