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Hero Down: Minnesota State Trooper Robert Veldkamp Dies After 13-Year Cancer Battle

Edgerton, MN – Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) Trooper Robert “Rob” Veldkamp died on Nov. 14 after a 13-year battle against brain cancer.

The 49-year-old trooper was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, according to his obituary.

“[He] spent the next 13 years amazing those around him with his tenacity, strength, and love for Jesus and his family,” the tribute read.

Trooper Veldkamp’s law enforcement career began in 1993, when he joined the Murray County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.

He began working for the MSP in August of 1999, and was most recently assigned to the agency’s Marshall District.

Trooper Veldkamp also served as a member of the MSP Crash Reconstruction Specialist team for the past 19 years.

In addition to his job as a law enforcement officer, Trooper Veldkamp also operated his own landscaping business and spent 13 years coaching high school girls’ basketball.

Trooper Veldkamp leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Tricia, as well as his seven children, Hope, Olivia, Ella, Ana, Leah, Noah, and Willa, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

“Rob was quick-witted, could talk to anyone, and spent his time loving and leading his family well,” his obituary read. “Not only was he an amazing dad, Rob was a devoted husband who loved Tricia and put her and his family’s needs constantly before his own.”

Trooper Veldkamp was laid to rest on Nov. 18.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Robert “Rob” Veldkamp, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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