Robert “Bob” Lien, 78, of Decorah, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at his home. Services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, at Springfield Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Pastor Phillip Olson officiating. Organist was Lorraine Meyer. Guitarist was Kenn Kirby. Vocalists were Clark Goltz, Mikayla Lien, Kris Lien, Patty Lien and Dave Sweet. Hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Solos were “Going Home” and “Hallelujah.” Other music was “In the Garden.” Honorary casket bearers were members of the Rivers and Bluffs Tractor Club. Casket bearers were Bob’s grandchildren: Kari, Aaron, Megan, Mikayla Isaac, Taylor and Shayla Lien. Interment was at Springfield Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Robert Edward Lien was born July 17, 1935, the son of Elmer and Grace (Borness) Lien, on a farm near Eldorado. Bob moved with his family to the Lien family farm in Springfield Township that was homesteaded by his great grandfather in 1853. Bob attended the Nerlie Country School, near the Springfield Lutheran Church and then graduated from Calmar High School in 1954. Bob was united in marriage to Marlys Wilkens June 2, 1957, at the Decorah Lutheran Church. Bob farmed the family farm his entire life with the sixth generation of Liens currently on the farm. Bob was given the Winneshiek County Pioneer Dairyman Award and the Distinguished Dairyman Award. Bob enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors of all kinds. His enjoyment in the past few years was driving in all tractorcades with the Rivers and Bluffs Tractor Club. He was proud of driving his “B,” which was a tractor that his father farmed with. Bob was an active member of the Springfield Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities. He was involved with the Sons of Norway and the Winneshiek Dairy Council; he served as township trustee, and was a 4-H leader. Bob’s greatest joy was his family and he enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marlys Lien, Decorah; three sons: Gary (Patty) Lien, Calmar; Scott (Sally) Lien, Newport Beach, Calif.; and Kris (Pamela) Lien, Sheldon; seven grandchildren: Kari, Aaron, Megan, Mikayla, Isaac, Taylor and Shayla Lien; three sisters: Viola (Conley) Linderbaum, Ossian; Celia (Harold) Stoen, Highlandville; and Helen Thune, Davenport; two brothers, Ray (Aurora) Lien, Orlando, Fla. and Harold (Janice) Lien, Rochester, Minn.; uncle, Einar (Jenny) Borness, Decorah; one sister-in-law, Mary (John) Jensen, College Place, Wash.; two brothers-in-law, Wilbur (Jeanie) Wilkens, St. Joseph, Minn. and Bill (Phyllis) Wilkens, Asheville, N.C.; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Grace (Borness) Lien; his daughter, Deb Lien Rausch, in 1993; his father- and mother-in-law, William and Esther Wilkens; and one brother-in-law, Dean Thune.