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Bjarne A. Kausland

Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday,  April 30, 2022

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel

Bjarne A. Kausland passed away April 20, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Kausland, Norway in 1940. Bjarne had a passion for work and family and started his work career with Munck in Bergen, Norway working in the shop as a fabricator. His curiosity of why and how things work led him to university where he received Mechanical Engineering degree. His professionalism, accountability, and integrity caused the Munck leadership to look to him to begin an engineering group at the office in Hampton, Virginia. His curiosity and commitment inspired a move to Hampton in September of 1972 for a two-year assignment. Two years turned into fifty as he continued to follow his passion for family and engineering.

Bjarne worked at Munck to build a company that was acquired by Swisslog in 1998. Bjarne held many positions including Engineer, Project Manager, Chief Engineer, Head of Customer Support, Vice President of Engineering, Mentor, Leader, and “Go-to” when something needed to get done. He retired from Swisslog after 44 years only to continue to consult on difficult opportunities that needed to be solved. Bjarne was beloved by friends and co-workers. He supported and mentored anyone who had a question and was interested to listen. In his spare time, he loved family, to sail, play golf, work on home improvements, and to travel to Norway.

Bjarne is survived by his wife, Britt Kausland; his son, Arne Kausland and his fiancé, Mona Bakke; his son, Stig Kausland; his brother, Vilhelm Kausland and wife Oddny Anne Kausland; his nieces, Nina Kausland and Anne Kristine Kausland; his nephew, Knut Ove Kausland; his sister-in-law, Lise Kausland and his grandson, Davis Kausland.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Weymouth Funeral Home, 12746 Nettles Drive, Newport News 23606. A get together in Bjarne’s memory will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Brad Moor’s house, 525 Sandpiper Cove, Yorktown, VA 23692.

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#11 Øyvind og Mai Helen 2022-05-17 20:16
Kondolerer til deg og familien ❤️
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#10 Michael Blouch 2022-05-03 11:10
To Britt, Arne, Stig and family,
Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences for your beloved husband and father.
I had the privilege of meeting and working with Bjarne from the time he was with Munck Automation and later when Swisslog acquired them. Bjarne was a man of extraordinary technical talent and an equally strong sense of character, work ethic and enthusiasm for life. He was the person to consult with to solve complex problems, and also to be encouraged to get work done in a positive and productive way. Likewise his son Arne, whom I had the pleasure of working with and befriended the past couple of decades carries the same sense of work, ambition and willingness to help others.
I pray for peace and comfort for the entire family, and for everyone to carry on the fond memories of Bjarne like so many people will gladly recall. In my mind he was part of a noble generation and esteemed culture that will be retained forever.
May he rest In peace.
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#9 Ray Johnson 2022-04-30 13:06
Britt, Arna and Stig my heart goes out to you for the loss of your dear husband & father. What an amazing person. There are no words for the legacy Bjarna has left on the Swisslog family. His positivity and professionalism in all situations served as an example for us all to follow; what an outstanding mentor. I will always cherish the many conversations I was fortunate to have with Bjarne over the years. I’m grateful I had the chance to know him as both a colleague and a friend.
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#8 Mona Dagny Bakke 2022-04-30 08:29
Kondolerer ❤️
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#7 Don Steketee 2022-04-28 01:17
My condolences to the family, Bjarne was a great mentor and a friend. I started my career with Swisslog in 2007 and had many conversations with Bjarne over the years. While I never work directly with Bjarne he was always eager to share his experiences with me and we met a few times outside of work sometimes on his sailboat or at a downtown Hampton restaurant. It was really nice hearing about his life experiences and getting to know him alittle better outside of work. He was truly passionate about his family and his work and was a great inspiration to all who knew him. Thanks for the great memories Bjarne, you will truly be missed by all who got to know you.
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#6 Paul Gottschlich 2022-04-27 20:03
I think you will see a common theme, Bjarne was a great human being and colleague to work for or with at Swisslog. Even when Bjarne was unhappy, he was happier than most people. He had a great personality, warm and carrying. At work, I use Bjarne as an example when discussing the type of people we need at Swisslog. One who was extremely knowledgeable, able to solve problems, task orientated and a mentor. It was a pleasure to talk with Bjarne before and after retirement about work and personal life. In summary, Bjarne was a great individual that will be missed. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. I will cherish the fond memories of Bjarne.
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#5 Rupesh Narkar 2022-04-27 18:37
I was fortunate to be mentored by Bjarne when I joined Swisslog. He was always very inspiring, insightful, supportive and cordial towards new employees and young talent that joined Swisslog. He will be dearly missed. Bjarne was a great human being. May his soul find peace.
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#4 Renate og Kent 2022-04-27 12:10
Kondolerer ❤️
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#3 David Ottaway 2022-04-26 17:47
I was very fortunate to have Bjarne as my mentor after beginning work at Swisslog in 2005. I feel fortunate to have been able to travel and work on projects with him. He was a brilliant engineer and I feel privileged for the opportunity to learn from him. I have many fond memories of the times we worked together and will always remember his enthusiasm for life.
My deepest condolences to the family as I know he will be missed.
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#2 Mark_Galdo 2022-04-26 16:43
My condolences to Bjarne and his family. Bjarne was my mentor when I started with Swisslog in 2004. He taught me a lot on how the old storage and retrieval machinery worked and how it was built. I loved listening to him when he told me stories of his past (being a skater). He will surely be missed.
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#1 Dennis & Peg Camp 2022-04-24 16:37
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Britt and her family.
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