Robert E. Ferguson son of Clarence Ferguson and Celestine Ferguson (Gorr) Strom was born on May 24, 1949 in Miles City, Montana. He grew up in the Miles City area and graduated with the class of 1967. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he worked on board ship as an electrician, as well as fighting for his country in Vietnam. He met the love of his life Mary Maassen in the Chicago O’Hare International Airport while on his way home for leave. Upon his discharge from the service he worked for the telephone company in Fort Dodge Iowa. Bob and Mary were married in Avoca Iowa, at Trinity Lutheran Church on November 11, 1972.
After marriage he attended South Dakota State University in Brookings South Dakota, to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Structural Engineering. Once graduated he and Mary moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to work with an engineering firm. Soon after they adopted two girls. His job took him to Michigan, Arizona, and finally to Minnesota where he was able to start his own company Engineering Enterprises Incorporated. Bob retired in 2012 and in 2014 he fulfilled his dream of purchasing a lake home. Bob loved to be on the water, his favorite pastime was fishing with his daughter, son-law and five grandchildren. He loved traveling in their RV all over the country. Nothing made him happier than blowing the air horn at small cars or to signal his arrival in Missouri to visit the grand kids. One of his biggest delights was teasing and aggravating each and everyone of them, sneaking cookies to them when their mom said no, or giving them cases of soda to hide under their beds. Bob’s eldest grandson Cameron was his partner in crime. They were attached at the hip and always up to something, whether that be fishing, working in the shop, or spending “grandma’s money”. He was active in ship reunions with fellow shipmates and friends from his time in the Navy. Above all Bob had an immense love for living and for family.
Bob passed away on Tuesday January 19, 2021 at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence Ferguson, an Infant sister, and his Father and Mother in-law Francis and Ione Maassen. He is survived by his wife Mary Ferguson of Annandale, MN, daughter and son in-law Rebecca and Eric Wiersma of Rolla, MO, Grandchildren; Cameron Gisch of St. Paul Park, MN, Scarlett, Landon, Maassen, and Maverick Wiersma of Rolla, MO, Mother and Stepfather Keith and Celestine Strom of Miles City, MT, Brothers; Tony (Cindy) Ferguson of Thompson Falls, MT, Paul (Yolanda) Ferguson of Miles City, MT, Donald (Vicky) Ferguson of Elko, NV, Sister in-law Peggy (Jeff) Fell of Deer Creek, MN, and many nieces and nephews.