Robert Paul TollefsonRobert Paul Tollefson, 33, Portland, OR, formerly Mandan, ND
October 2, 1976 ~ November 24, 2009
Robert Paul Tollefson, 33, died unexpectedly at his home in Portland, OR. He attended Christ the King School through the 8th grade and graduated from Mandan High School in 1994. During his high school years he was active in band, choir and forensics. Robert co-directed the Summer Children’s Theatre in Mandan, and continued to develop his design and directing skills. Robert attended the University of Mary and graduated in 1998, Magna Cum Laude from Moorhead State University with a BA Degree in Theater with a vocal emphasis.
Shortly after college graduation Robert moved to Portland, OR where he became involved with many theatre groups including: Tiger’s Heart, Portland Children’s Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, and Stark Raving. Robert worked in sales at Starbucks and for 8 years at Hollywood Lighting. He was one of two candidates in the entire country accepted into the Master’s program in scenic design at the University of Washington.
Robert had a special place in many hearts and will be missed by his parents, Larry and Cathy Tollefson, sister, Bethany (Rob) Hillenbrand, nephew, Tyler John Hillenbrand, maternal grandparents, William John and A. Dorothy Lauber, aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends Mary Ann and her daughter. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Amos and Phyllis Tollefson and uncle, Mike Lauber.
A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, December 5, 2009, 1:00 pm, Christ the King Catholic Church, 505 10th Ave NW, Mandan, ND.
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