Robert Ylvisaker, 1952
Volume 46, Number 3, Spring 2013 (5/01/13)
Robert Ylvisaker, 1952
ROBERT YLVISAKER died at home in Minneapolis on December 17, 2012. He was 81. While attending Luther, where he majored in history, he was editor of College Chips and a starting end on the football team. After earning an M.A. in history at the University of Minnesota and serving in the U.S. Army, he had a long career as a journalist, reporting and writing for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Minneapolis Star & Tribune, the Sun newspapers, and the Metro Lutheran. A memorial service was held at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on January 4, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, RAGNVALD YLVISAKER (Luther Class of 1920). He is survived by two brothers, professor emeritus of philosophy at Luther, RICHARD YLVISAKER ’50 (Joanne), Decorah, Iowa, and Thomas (Billie) Ylvisaker, Redmond, Wash. Tribute from the Forest Lake Times: Quiet, dedicated, thorough. Those were words to describe Robert D. Ylvisaker. For nearly 20 years Ylvisaker sold advertising and wrote news stories for the Forest Lake Times, often going about his business in a professional manner fitting of his past. Ylvisaker, who retired from his duties in Forest Lake in 1996, died on Monday, Dec. 17 in Minneapolis. He was 81. “He was a very serious person who was dedicated and thorough,” said Duane A. Rasmussen, the former publisher and editor of the Forest Lake Times who hired Ylvisaker in the late 1970s. Ylvisaker, a veteran newspaper reporter and editorial writer, was hired to work the newspaper’s commercial printing division where he directed the Many Faces community book division. “We were growing the commercial printing and wanted to split that division off,” Rasmussen said. Ylvisaker joined the late Ed Dahlin, who started the Many Faces community guides in the mid-1970s. A version of the Many Faces book still exists today in this area. In his role, Ylvisaker was responsible for the news and photo content and advertising support for the books which served as community guides. During his period at the helm, Many Faces booklets were printed in Forest Lake, North Branch, the Chisago Lakes and Taylors Falls area, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Anoka and Wayzata/Lake Minnetonka. A reporter by trade, Ylvisaker used his skills to compose booklets that were well read and detailed, Rasmussen said. “I always felt the customers were loyal to him,” Rasmussen said. “He was very loyal to the company.” During his final years of work for the newspaper, Ylvisaker worked on Many Faces and handled reporting duties, covering the Wyoming City Council. After retiring to Minneapolis, Ylvisaker kept his hands in journalism working as a staff writer for the Metro Lutheran newspaper. Family Details Robert D. Ylvisaker was born in Fergus Falls in 1931, the son of Doris (Stalland) and RAGNVALD YLVISAKER (Luther Class of 1920). The family later moved to the Twin Cities and he attended the Sidney Pratt and Breck Schools. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Luther College and a M.A. in history from the University of Minnesota. During his professional career, he worked as a reporter and editorial writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Iowa, the Rochester Post-Bulletin and the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. A memorial service took place Jan. 4, 2013, at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis. Inurnment was at Roselawn Cemetery, St. Paul. He is survived by two brothers, RICHARD YLVISAKER ’50 (Joanne), Decorah, Iowa, and Thomas (Billie) Ylvisaker, Redmond, Wash.; other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials are preferred to the Central Lutheran Church Foundation.