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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Robert "Rob" Alan Van Berkom
July 22, 1961 - November 4, 2018

Place of Birth: Powers Lake, ND
Residence: Powers Lake, Alamo, ND more recently of Williston, ND
Age: 57

Robert “Rob” A. Van Berkom, 57, of Williston, ND, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND.

Robert Alan Van Berkom was born July 22, 1961 to Robert and Donna (Grubb) Van Berkom in Powers Lake, ND. He grew up in Alamo, attending elementary school and graduating from high school in Alamo, ND, along with his sisters, Teresa Hoff and Debra Christianson. Rob and Tammy Lawrence welcomed their only son, Michael Van Berkom in 1993. Together, Rob and Tammy shared eleven years of companionship and remained special friends until his untimely passing.
Rob was loved by all that crossed paths with him; he was a very caring person, loyal and dedicated employee who was known as a hard working man. Rob loved to go to the lake with his son Michael, riding jet skis and fishing and listening to Bob Seger and Johnny Cash. He loved spending time with his son and watching “the races”. In Rob’s earlier years, he excelled in high school basketball, to which he even received college scholarships; however, upon graduating entered the oilfield working on rigs, and later became a Roustabout. He continued to work in the oil field for nearly 40 years, with the last 24 years being employed at B&G.
Rob is survived by his son, Michael Van Berkom of Williston, Michael’s mother and special friend, Tammy Lawrence; mother, Donna Van Berkom, Powers Lake, ND; sister, Teresa (Jim) Hoff, Williston; aunt, LaVon Grubb, nieces and nephews, Desi Abernathy and her children, Dillon Abernathy and Daija Penn, Williston, Dustin Ronholdt, Williston; cousins, Cynthia &Tom Laumb, Claudia and Lyle Tande, Kathy & Mark Barenthsen, Sandy & Dean Huseby, and Tammy & Galen Moody, all of Powers Lake, nephews, Ryan (Tyreal) Riveland, Bismarck, Blue (Kayla) Christianson, Sturgis, SD, Ridge Christianson, Fargo, ND and cousins, Donelda Grubb, Stanton (Diane) Grubb, Zona Grubb and Natalie (Chris) Cheek.
Rob was preceded in death by his; father, Robert “Bob” Van Berkom; grandparents, Mike (Emma) Van Berkom; great grandparents, Edor (Gina Signe) Grubb and sister, Debra Kay Christianson.

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Bonnie (Egge) Weltikol (Williston)
Nov 5, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. I graduated High School in Alamo with Robbie - he will always be known by that name to me. He was a gentle soul. He and David Johnson always kept our class entertained! Prayers to his Family.
Elaine Esterby (Alamo, Nd)
Nov 5, 2018
My sympathy to all of Robbie's family & friends. Robbie was the only boy on our block so he was pretty special to us Monger & Lohse girls. We spent a lot of time with the VanBerkom family. My parents (Orvin & Alma) were Robbie's godparents. I remember how he would drive around in 3/4 ton red pickup with his head out the window. Sometimes the boys would have some crazy talk going on. Robbie would always say " I need to get back to my roots in Alamo." There's no more suffering for a special guy who had such a big heart. We are going to miss you Robbie.
Troy &Charity (Williston, ND)
Nov 5, 2018
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Rob was a great man and an ever better friend. I will miss my garlic stuffed olives buddy. Hugs to you all
Janice Johnson Bunas (Edmond, Oklahoma)
Nov 6, 2018
Robbie and David were together all the time when they were younger. They even invented their own language! Lord only knows what they were saying! What one didn't think of, the other did!
It was a very hard phone call for David to make on Sunday when he said told me he lost one of his best old friends. May he rest in peace.
With deepest sympathies, janice
Kris McPherson (Honey Brook, Pa)
Nov 6, 2018
So very sorry to hear this... Such a great guy, He will surely be missed!!!!
Therresa (Larsen) Christopherson (Williston)
Nov 6, 2018
To Rob’s Friends and family,
I am so sorry to hear this, and I didn’t know he was battling with cancer, it’s terrible that we lose touch through the years and in our lives. I pray that God wraps his arms around your family through this tough time. Rob was a good friend, and we shared many memories since our high school years, and through our adult years. You will be missed my friend. Rest In Peace.
Vikki (Gorder) Johnson (Williston, North Dakota)
Nov 6, 2018
Rob was a man hard working for B&G Roustabout I enjoyed him he was so friendly we got along well i am so sorry! So sorry to his family it was nice he fished and spent time with son
Ida Grotte (Petty) (Williston, Nd)
Nov 6, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear this?? Robby was a very special friend, I knew him for many years and always a gentle kind person! I'm so glad to have had the chance to make wonderful memories with Robby, he will be greatly missed. ????
Monica Haskin
Nov 7, 2018
Words cannot express how sorry that I am hear this sad news. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Rob.
Lorna (Esterby) Heichelheim (Longmont, CO)
Nov 7, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. I graduated from high school with Robbie. He was very kind to everyone and had such a great sense of humor. I have lots of fun memories of him and school days from the past. Prayers for comfort for family and friends.
Dave Arnson (Williston, ND)
Nov 7, 2018
To Rob’s family, sorry for your loss. I didn’t realize he was battling cancer, he was was a good guy!!
Brenda (Sovik) Boales (Houston, TX)
Nov 7, 2018
So sad to hear of Robbie's passing. There are so many good memories. I remember him driving up and down Main Street listening to Tommy James and the Shondells. May you Rest in Peace Robbie.
Connie Egge (Epping, ND)
Nov 7, 2018
The Class of 1980 from Alamo ND has lost a loved classmate and friend..... But heaven has gained a quiet gentle soul... Until we all meet again --- rest your weary soul Robbie.... Sincere sympathy sent to all..
Larry Kinyon (Williston, ND)
Nov 7, 2018
Thoughts and prayers go to Rob's family. "Back in the day" Rob and some other friends would sit around and tell jokes all night. Rob was the best joke teller ever. RIP Rob. You will be missed.
Mike Haugse (Stillman Valley, IL)
Nov 9, 2018
Rob was a classmate, teammate, and friend of mine. I have many fond memories of riding around in that red van listening to music and cruising around Alamo. Prayers to his family and friends
Rebecca Ortiz (Sturgis, SD )
Nov 10, 2018
To Rob’s many friends and family. It is with deepest sympathy I write this, it is so hard to loss a kind and gentle man. May your memories of your time together and Gods promise to “comfort us in all our trials” bring you comfort at this time.”
Joseph Barkie (Williston, 33)
Nov 10, 2018
Just heard of Rob's passing.
My condolence to the family.
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