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Obituary for Robert Packard, PH.D,QMHP

Dr. Robert "Bob" George Packard, age 85, of Watertown, SD passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Prairie Lakes Hospital. There will be a Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with a Time of Sharing at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Robert George Packard was born on February 8, 1933 to Rollin and Carine (Carlson) Packard in Minneapolis, MN. He grew up in Minneapolis in a loving family during the depression and World War ll. He was the oldest of four children. Robert earned graduate degrees in Philosophy, American History, Experimental Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He worked as a teacher, mental health administrator and clinical psychologist in Minnesota, Colorado, and since 1990 at the Human Service Agency in Watertown. He authored several college textbooks and numerous articles. He was a student all his life. He was married to Sally Packard. The couple had two sons, Randy and Jim. He was the temporary father of many foster children and he sponsored a dozen Vietnamese refugees. He actively participated in the civil rights movement and in opposition to the Vietnam War, and he was often not proud of his country's administration. His passions included his sons, his clients, his violin and classical music, kayaking, rivers, national parks and traveling. He lived a full, varied and contented life. Throughout, he maintained a sense of humor and acceptance. His last words were: "I knew this would happen." Robert is survived by his sons, Randy Packard and Jim Packard of Watertown, SD; his former wife, Sally Packard of Minneapolis, MN, two brothers, Jim Packard and Tom (Joy) Packard of WI; and a brother-in-law, Dave Jasper of MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharon Jasper.