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Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home

2195 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN

OBITUARY

Mr. Bruce William Tobin

March 4, 1952May 17, 2019

Bruce William Tobin

Age 67, husband of Karen Luese Tobin of Rosemount, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital surrounded by family.

Bruce enjoyed eight years of retirement, spending his winters in Fountain Hills, Arizona after an esteemed career at 3M where he spent the last five years of his 36 year career serving as Executive Vice President of International Finance. While working at 3M, he enjoyed traveling the world and especially the two overseas assignments he spent living and working in Brussels, Belgium. During retirement, you could find him flipping through channels watching sports, taking money from the casinos winning bingo, or sitting around the firepit with a bourbon and beloved family and friends.

He lives on in the memories of wife, Karen; sons, Ryan & Noah, and their wives Wendy and Alia, respectively; step-children & spouses: Laura & Scott, Shannon & Brian, Joshua & Darah, as well as, many grandchildren: Grant & Bryn, Lily & Ava, Daniel & Annika; Gavin, Kyle, & Rebekah; Xander & Greyson. He is also survived by his twin sister, Barb Odegaard, & her family of Mitchell, South Dakota; sister, Mary Lee Tobin of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and brother-in-law LeWayne Erickson & his family of Brookings, South Dakota.

Bruce was predeceased by his parents: James & Betty Tobin, brother: Jim Tobin, sister: Nancy Erickson, and nephew: Drew Erickson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Mayo Clinic.

Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, May 23rd beginning at 11 AM with Celebration of Life at 12:30 PM at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home 2195 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury, MN.

  • FAMILY

  • He lives on in the memories of wife, Karen; sons, Ryan & Noah, and their wives Wendy and Alia, respectively; step-children & spouses: Laura & Scott, Shannon & Brian, Joshua & Darah, as well as, many grandchildren: Grant & Bryn, Lily & Ava, Daniel & Annika; Gavin, Kyle, & Rebekah; Xander & Greyson. He is also survived by his twin sister, Barb Odegaard, & her family of Mitchell, South Dakota; sister, Mary Lee Tobin of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and brother-in-law LeWayne Erickson & his family of Brookings, South Dakota.

    Bruce was predeceased by his parents: James & Betty Tobin, brother: Jim Tobin, sister: Nancy Erickson, and nephew: Drew Erickson.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memories

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Kyle Warner

June 13, 2019

My favorite memory with grandpa was at Christmas. Everyone was drunk and goofing around, making jokes and just being silly. I was making jokes and just being myself, and I said a joke that made him authentically laugh. All I remember is how much it meant to me that I actually made him laugh. It showed me how much I looked up to him and respected his opinion of me. It may not have been a grandma-style belly laugh, but it was certainly enough for me to know that he did listen to me and liked me enough to laugh at me just like all the other adults. Love, Kyle

Taylor Piepenhagen

June 13, 2019

I haven’t known Bruce long but one thing I noticed was how much he loved his family, especially Karen. My favorite memories are Christmas when Karen would get super excited and do something silly then Bruce would say “KAREN”, give her a little look and shake his head. Made me giggle because it was just a look but you could tell it was part of their love language. This last Christmas was extra memorable because Bruce stayed up pretty late with us all downstairs talking about life and sharing stories. --Taylor

Rebekah Warner

June 13, 2019

I have always respected grandpa so much! I value what he thought of me. One time when we were having a family dinner, when I was really young, I was sitting on his lap in his recliner chair (which nobody was allowed to touch). We just sat there and watched TV together and chilled out. He was always a very respectable guy and I was always interested in getting to know how more and more about him. Love, Rebekah

Gavin Warner

June 13, 2019

I’ve always shared the same birthday as grandpa and with that came a special connection. I always appreciated that we could share that and think of each other on that day. I have fond memories of how special it was when he would take me to a Wild game on our birthday and celebrate together. Love, Gavin

Brian Warner

June 13, 2019

I have benefited from observing Bruce for >30 years. A casual observer may miss 'how’ Bruce loved others. I believe one of the special ways Bruce experienced joy was by watching others be happy and being an instrument in the background to make that happen. He never wanted to be the one on the stage receiving the credit. Rather, he enabled and encouraged Karen to be his instrument of love. He loved watching her take care of (and often spoil rotten) the family. I believe his reward was doubled when Karen spoiled us because he loved seeing us happy and her being appreciated for her kindness. He got to witness the good being done...yet the credit mostly went to someone else! Even the most generous Christmas gifts he gave were always attributed to the dog, Theo! Bruce will be missed, but the many lessons he demonstrated through the way he lived his life won't be forgotten.

Jan Broere

May 24, 2019

Dear family,

My sincere condolences with the loss of Bruce.

Bruce was my boss at 3M Europe in Brussels many years ago. He was quite a character - direct, and providing feedback, that didn´t leave any room fort doubt. Very professional, but most of all a real caring person, putting his people in the centre. I´ll never forget his support after my daughter´s accident. I learned so much from him, both professionally, but also from a human perspective.

Best personal regards,
Jan Broere
The Netherlands

Mary Fetters

May 22, 2019

Bruce appeared to many as a tough guy, but he was a teddy bear on the inside. He and I approached things differently, but normally came up with the same answer. Karen, I am saddened for you and your pain, but Bruce will live on with all of us who are grieving his loss. My respects, Mary Fetters

Frank De Ryck

May 21, 2019

Dear Family it is with sadness and gratitude for who Bruce was and how he will stay alive in us . I am Belgian and was working in his team from Finance 3M Europe . He was a great example for being a real 3M'er . My condolences for the whole family
Frank

Janie and Walt Scheela

May 21, 2019

Bruce, you were a mentor to me, (Janie) when the Scheela’s returned from overseas. Albeit tough, however, the rewards paid off. Walt and I also appreciated your gracious social side of you and your family away from 3M!
Love, Walt and Janie Scheela

Pat Campbell

May 20, 2019

Bruce taught me a lot about 3M when I joined as CFO. Bruce always told you what was on his mind and little time for wasted effort. Bruce was highly respected and was a great individual

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Bruce and his twin sister Barb

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Bruce with his twin sister, Barb, and his dad

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Bruce, Barb, David, Nancy, Melissa and Drew; Easter 1970

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