Jack Ramon Imbertson, 97, of St. Anthony Park, died Sept. 26, 2017. He was born April 15, 1921, in Hibbing, Minn. He was married to his wife, Mildred, for 72 years.
He attended junior college in Hibbing, then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering. He then went to work at Electric Machinery, where he managed the synchronous motor and generator design team. He worked there for 42 years.
Jack designed equipment that has been deployed globally for utilities and municipalities, including the top of the World Trade Center in New York City. He designed the generator in the St. Anthony Falls power plant, as well as the pump that provides drinking water for St. Paul.
He was an industry leader involved in a national standards committee. He was a registered professional engineer and a lifetime senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Jack had many hobbies, including canoeing, camping, photography and bike riding. He often would take his children on river-canoeing trips and to the BWCA.
He lived in St. Anthony Park for 60 years. He loved walking to the library, bank and Speedy Market and, recently, the Knoke’s candy store. He was an active member of the St. Anthony Park Library Book Club. In later years, when attendance became difficult and it was increasingly difficult for him to hear speakers, Carla Foley, the librarian at that time, got the books to him and Jack wrote a report for the other members to use for discussion.
He loved to travel and was able to travel to Norway to visit the family farm and the birthplace of his father.
He was an only child and is survived by his wife, Mildred; eight children, Mary (Dan) Yavner, Mark (Cynthia), Jim (Sheila Gibson), Paul (Linda), Tom, Tamara (Kevin Jagielski), Nancy (Paul), Langton and Jon (Michelle Taylor); 12 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church on Oct. 5. Memorials, if desired, are preferred to the church.