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Robert John Diver, 73, of Cloquet, MN, died January 25, 2018 in the comfort of his own home.
Robert was born August 4, 1944 to John and Agnes (Woods) Diver in Cloquet, MN, where he also grew up. In 1969, he began his post-secondary education through the CEP program (Concentrated Employment Program) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Robert graduated with his bachelor’s and went on to receive his master’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica. From 1969-1976, he worked for the Minnesota State Employment Service as an employment counselor. Beginning in 1976, Robert served in the UMD Medical School Native Programs Student Recruitment and was a co-director of Upward Bound for Native American Students. Robert worked in the financial aid department of Fond du Lac Community College until his retirement.
Bob loved to hunt and fish with his sons. He was president of Duluth Heights Little League in 1980, and he ran Fond du Lac basketball league for many years, for which he was an amusing play-by-play commentator. One of his greatest joys was to play poker with his friends at Black Bear Casino. Bob was secretive about his amazing artistic talent – and completed many unique art pieces throughout the years. His art will live on forever.
Robert is survived by his children, Eric (Jenny) Diver, Robert Diver II, Daryl Diver, Amanda (Nick) Olson, Bobbi Jo Diver, Cynthia Diver, Dean (Molind) Raisanen; grandchildren, William, Keegan, Lila, Robbie, Rocky, Christopher, Meagen, Erin, Lauren, Maddie, Ellie, Acacia, Kory, Alysia, Kentrell, Liliana; great-grandchildren, Abel, Deyton, Peyton, Zoey, Finnegan; special friend and companion/wife, Marguerite Diver; and brother, David Diver, Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Ernie, Harold, Beverly, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Richard, Dana, John and Bernadette.
A visitation will begin Monday at 5:00 p.m. and continue until the funeral service Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cloquet. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Interment will be in Old Holy Family Cemetery in Cloquet. Arrangements with Souder-Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Services, Cloquet, Minnesota.