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Robert Hershey


Robert Hershey, 89, of Brainerd, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022, following a brief illness, surrounded by his three children.

A Celebration of Robert’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, MN. Family and friends are welcome to gather one hour prior to services and stay for a luncheon to follow. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery.

Robert was born November 5, 1932, in Peoria, IL, the son of Vaughn and Jean (Petersen) Hershey. In 1954 he graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He spent 10 years working in research and development at American Can Company before establishing himself at Potlach corporation. Robert spent 32 years working in both Brainerd and Cloquet holding many positions before finishing his career as VP and General Manager of the Minnesota pulp and paper division. He retired in 1996.

On June 20, 1959, Robert married Joanne Boehm. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage before Joanne’s passing in 2011.

A firm believer in higher education, in 2016 he established the Hershey Family Scholarship Fund, helping students to pursue their science or engineering dreams. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate donations to this scholarship to continue assisting students without the means the education they desire.

He will be terribly missed by his children, William (Shelia), Ted (Teresa), and Susanne (John Shirley); grandchildren, Tracy Ergen, Jackson Hershey, and Julia Hershey; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Joe Ergen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; good friend, Loretta Adams; and his parents.

Nelson – Doran Funeral Home



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