Robert A. Poulter, 69, of Duluth, passed away August 18, 2021, at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Bob was born in Cumberland, WI on January 25, 1952, to Larry and Peggy Poulter.
Bob graduated from East High School in 1970, attended UMD for two years, and then enlisted in the National Guard where he spent 11 years specializing in electrical work. During this time, he was also employed at Western Electric. Bob then worked for Mielke Electric Works for over 40 years developing their electrical and automation departments. Bob was currently working as an electrical engineer at GPM until the time of his death.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go…. some people stay awhile and leave FOOTPRINTS on our hearts, and we are never the same. Bob had a big heart and loved serving people. He was a member of New Life Lutheran Church (where he served as council president for 4 years), served as a board member for Goodwill, and had been a Club 25 Rotarian. Bob was a valued board member of the Iron Mining Association (IMA) and belonged to the Instrumentation Society of America (ISA). He also had belonged to the Kitchi Gammi Club.
Bob had a passion for cars. As an MSRA (Minnesota Street Rod Association) member, he proudly showed off the 1967 Chevelle Malibu he lovingly restored. He was also a BMW Car Club of America member and was in the process of restoring a 1989 BMW.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, Alfred and Minnie Poulter; and maternal grandparents, Gust and Jessie Olson.
Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; children, Leslie, David, and Jennifer (Dan Rabold) of Duluth; grandsons, Patrick and Bryce Beyer; brother, William (Peg) Poulter of Cohasset, MN; brother-in-law, Bernard (Linda) Bourasa; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 9 AM on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Sunrise Funeral Home in Hermantown, MN. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Pancreatic Cancer Society of America, American Heart Association, and New Life Lutheran Church.
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