Robert Duane Bjerken passed away on September 11th, 2021, in Scottsdale Arizona. Bob was born in Moorhead, MN, on April 29th, 1940, to John and Esther Bjerken.
Though he worked several careers, Bob was always passionate about music from his early recordings in a gospel quartet to later country recordings. He worked as a musician in multiple venues throughout his life and was an accomplished guitar player and singer. He was gifted at lighting up the interest of all those around him through his exceptional conversational abilities and could make personal connections with anyone nearby. There is no question that pizza was his favorite. He spent many wonderful years with Maureen and Brittany in Arizona where there are pizza places everywhere.
Bob is survived by his life partner, Maureen Bliler, and daughter Brittany Bliler, Scottsdale, AZ, Maureen's son Wes Bliler of Glendale, AZ. Sons, Kevin (Maria) Bjerken, New Prague, MN, Shawn (Cara) Bjerken, Lake Park, MN, brother Gerald (Kelly) Bjerken, Breckenridge, MN, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son and wife Randy and Doris Bjerken.
A memorial gathering is scheduled for Friday September 17th at 3pm at Messinger Funeral Home, Scottsdale.