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Robert Snortland

April 6, 1935 — August 18, 2022


Robert K. Snortland, 87, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Portage Pointe in
Hancock, MI.

He was born a twin on April 6, 1935, in Sharon, ND, son of the late Olaus E. and Ethel
(Kloster).  He was raised in Sharon and then graduated from the University of North
Dakota.  He moved to California to begin his life-long passion of teaching.  He also
worked as a design draftsman in the Aerospace Industry in California.

In 1960, he was united in marriage to Edith Mellor.  They moved to North Dakota, where
Bob received his Master’s Degree from UND.  He had an illustrious career as an
educator, winning awards, chairing a national committee and completing two
sabbaticals.  His career took him to Michigan Technological University as a lecturer,
where he retired in 1997.

Bob was passionate about life, not letting a single moment pass him by.  His zest
overflowed to everyone he met, as he brought a smile to all.  Bob led by example,
modeling compassion, love and tolerance to all. He enjoyed woodworking, leather
crafting, vegetable gardening, games, pets, music/dancing, snowshoeing, and
friends.  Bob was a man of deep faith, teaching Sunday School and serving as
grandparents (with Edith) at Fortune Lake Bible Camp.  Throughout his life, Bob was a
member of the Masons, Eastern Star, and Sons of Norway, ASEE, and many other

Bob is survived by his wife: Edith; daughter: Karin (Donna) and son Karl; His grandsons:
Chad (Haley), Eric, and twin, Richard.

A memorial service for Bob will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock with Rev. Brahm Semmler Smith officiating.  Visitation
one hour prior. Burial will be held 1:00 pm Thursday, September 29, 2022, the Trinity Cemetery in Sharon, ND.
A reception will follow the burial at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorials preferred to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to thank Bob’s “family” at Portage Pointe and the UP Health System
Hospice caregivers for their loving support over the past eight years.

The Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Service - Hancock Chapel is assisting the
family with the arrangements. To view obituary or send condolences go

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, August 27, 2022

1:00 - 2:00pm (Eastern time)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

1000 Quincy St, Hancock, MI 49930

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Memorial Service

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

Rev. Brahm Semmler Smith

1000 Quincy St, Hancock, MI 49930

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