June 21, 2022

William "Bill" Michael Robb, aka Begonia Bill, 67, of Glenwood, and formerly of Fairdale, North Dakota, passed away peacefully June 21 at his home in Glenwood. A celebration of Bill's life will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria.

Our dad was born June 4, 1955, to Willard Alfred (Swede) and Alice Mae Robb in Langdon, North Dakota. He grew up in Fairdale, North Dakota, where they had a family farm. He graduated from Edmore High School in 1973. He then went to University of North Dakota where he graduated in 1977 with his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. After college he moved to Jamestown, where he worked at a radio station doing live broadcasting of sporting events before he became the general manager. After Jamestown, he and his family moved a few times so he could pursue his radio broadcasting career before settling in Hutchinson in 1993. The job he enjoyed most while in Hutchinson was making sure he could make it to all our sporting events where he would cheer us on (along with some polite critiquing after ... which he was 99.9% right about).

In September 2008 our dad found his true calling when going to work for Jamestown College where he was the director of major gifts and planned giving. He was able to travel around the United States meeting alumni and creating lasting friendships, which was most important to him. Work truly came second. After spending six and half years at Jamestown College he took a position at the University of Minnesota-Morris in March 2015 where he continued his travels and meeting with alumni. He was senior development officer where he was a certified gift planning associate until his passing. Our dad cared so much for others and wanted what was best for them. He found that in his role as a development officer. He talked fondly of all the donors he met and their long list of achievements.

Our dad lived for all things outdoors — hiking, biking, playing golf, fishing (he was quite the bass wrangler with the occasional northern), and of course enjoying his time on his pontoon. Our dad had a green thumb unlike anyone else we knew, his lawn was always immaculate, and he would grow the most beautiful flowers, hence the name "Begonia Bill." During his younger years he had a passion for fastpitch softball, playing basketball with his Jamestown crew, and a joy for running, including being one of the original runners in the annual St. Patty's Day run in Jamestown in 1979, since he had run a few half marathons in Fargo. He traveled a lot for work but made time for himself on his travels and would always find a new adventure at a hiking or a walking path, and just exploring whatever city he was in. He was one of the smartest people you could possibly meet. He always had a thirst for knowledge, which was evident by another one of his passions of reading. His family and friends meant the world to him and he considered his many friends to be like family. He was always making people laugh with his quick wit and sarcastic comments. There aren't enough words to describe how amazing our dad was and his ever-going list of life achievements. The void he left us all with will never be filled. He truly was one of a kind.

Bill is survived by his children, Dustin Robb (Hannah Hofmeister) and Kate Robb; his brothers, Dick (Joy) Robb of West Jordan, Utah, Russ Robb of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bob (Teri) of Pequot Lakes; and sister, Jean (Matt) Altepeter, Euclid; nieces and nephews, Matt (Lisa) Robb, Logan and Carson, Tony (Jeni) Robb, Lisa (Rob) Krebs, Peyton and Riley, Jared (Heather) Altepeter, Owen, Annika, and Emery, Brandon (Kayli) Altepeter, Avery and Josie, Jaden (Kyli) Altepeter and Brooks, Alex Robb, Lauren Robb.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Swede and Alice; and a nephew, Connor Matthew Altepeter.

Memorials may be directed to The Nature Conservancy, Soper Presbyterian Cemetery Fund in Fairdale, North Dakota, University of Minnesota Foundation, and University of North Dakota Foundation.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.