Robert "Bob" Harold Layden, 93, Browns Valley, MN passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Browns Valley Health Center.
Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Browns Valley with Father David Breu officiating. Music was provided by organist Norma Jung.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt, SD, was in charge of the arrangements.
Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Bryan Stadtler, Michael Wiss, Duane Reimers, Christopher Hanson and long time friends, Roger Goodhart, Patrick Miller and Buzz Krone.
Robert was born on December 6, 1919 to Mark and Clara (Larson) Layden in Arthur Township on the Layden family farm. He graduated from Browns Valley High School in 1938. On September 14, 1938 he married Leona Wolter. Robert and Leona celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this year. They were blessed with five children: Janet, Carole, Mary, James and Linda.
After high school graduation, Robert worked as a road contractor locally and in the Washington, D.C. area. He worked on the Alaska Highway in 1943 and later started working in partnership with Matt Wolter. In 1955, Robert became sole owner of R. H. Layden Construction Co. In 1966, he purchased the Minn-Kota Asphalt Co., Inc.
From 1955 - 1958, Robert owned and operated the Layden Oil Co. in Browns Valley.
After retirement, Robert operated a motor grader for major road contractors as well as became an Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer and Amsoil Synthetic sponsor and dealer.
Robert served the Browns Valley community as the Chief and Assistant Chief of the Browns Valley Volunteer Fire Department; Chairman and Co-chairman of the Browns Valley Community Hospital Board; Solicitation Committee member for the Browns Valley Clinic; Browns Valley City Council member in the 1960s; Browns Valley Mayor in the 1970s; Town and Country Club President and Vice President; Board Director of the Browns Valley Community Nursing Home Inc.; Board Director of the Browns Valley Community Development Corp.; Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and member of Father Ravoux Knights of Columbus Council. As Mayor of Browns Valley, Robert traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He was instrumental in bringing the waste treatment system to Browns Valley.
Robert enjoyed spending his free time with his family at their lake cabin. He also was an avid hunter for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Leona; four daughters, Janet (Don) Rasmussen, Carole Wiss, Mary Reimers, and Linda Hanson; son, James (L. E. Warnke) Layden; nine grandchildren, Bryan Stadtler, Barbara (Jim) Ascheman, Paul Stadtler, Elena (Gary Werner) Wiss, Michael (Diane) Wiss, Matthew Wiss, Duane Reimers, Richard (Ann) Reimers, and Christopher (Kate) Hanson; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Clarke Willett; brothers, Howard and Donald Layden; son-in-law, Wayne Stadtler; and grandson, Greg Stadtler.