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Robert Medaris

Oct. 2, 1924-Nov. 26, 2010

Robert H. Medaris, 86, of Park Rapids, died Friday, November 26, 2010 at the home of his daughter Valerie in Detroit Lakes, surrounded in love by his family, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Robert Henry Medaris was born to Henry and Amalia (Kopke) Medaris on October 2, 1924 in Mankato, Minn. He lived and attended school in Minneapolis. In 1946, he attended the Beck School for Radio in Minneapolis and the Coyne Electrical School.

On December 20, 1946 Robert married Helen Emelia Pearson at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. In 1947 they moved to Devils Lake, N.D., where he was program director for radio station KDLR. In 1948 they moved to Muskegon, Mich., where he continued his work in broadcasting.

In 1949 they moved back to Minneapolis, where he co-owned and operated a Standard Oil station. In 1952 he began working for PAKO Corporation, leaving in 1960 to complete his Mortuary of Science Degree at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1962.

In 1964 they moved to Park Rapids, where he owned and operated the Medaris Funeral Home and Hubbard County Ambulance Service. He held his license to practice mortuary science until his death.

Robert was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Rotary; was program director of the Hubbard County Chapter of the American Red Cross; and taught medical self-help courses and first aid to members of the community. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Masonic Lodge. He was a life member of the Lake Harriet Lodge 277 of Free and Accepted Masons in Minneapolis, a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Zurah Shrine.

Surviving Robert are one son, David J. (Nancy) Medaris of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; one daughter, Valerie L. Medaris of Detroit Lakes; one son-in-law, Richard B. Fleming of Detroit Lakes; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Preceding Robert in death were his loving wife, Helen; one son, Robert L. Medaris; one daughter, Diane Lynn; his parents; an infant brother, and brother Mildon Lee.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes and one hour prior to services Friday.

Funeral services are 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham.

Interment is in Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Minn.