December 1, 1930 ~ September 29, 2020 (age 89)


Robert Pedersen, 89, passed away on Sept 29th, 2020 just short of his 90th birthday. He left the family home 3 years ago to live at the Libby Care Center till he passed away. Bob was born on Dec 1st, 1930 in Libby to Peter and Bertina Pedersen. Bob was the younger brother of Ronald Pedersen for about 2 years before a sister Patricia came along. As Bob and Ron grew up they became avid hunters and also liked to fish.  When Bob was 15 he shot his first grizzly bear. Bob went to school in Libby and graduated from LHS in 1948. He followed his Father and brother and went to work at J Neils Lumber Co.


In 1951 Bob enlisted in the US Air Force where he furthered his education to learn how to repair the cameras which were used on the B 29's. After his 4 years were up in 1955 he enrolled in college in Spokane, WA Gonzaga University where he took Electrical Engineering. His efforts and drive took him to graduate first in his class. He returned to Libby and again returned to J Neils Lumber Co and later renamed Champion International Paper.


The knowledge he gained in his schooling made many breakdowns quickly resolved and helped with plant upgrades. Bob was called day and night to assist the shift electricians to get the plant back up and running.


A highlight in Bob’s life was taking his parents and brother on a trip to Norway in 1967 where his father was born.  He left his mark in life by helping many in his 89 years and in the 1960's he and Ron spent a lot of time fishing in Vancouver, BC area. He and Ron loved the outdoors.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronald and is survived by a sister Patricia. He will be buried at Libby Cemetery at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 7th with military Honors. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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Graveside Service
October 7, 2020

1:00 PM


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