Bob Bieber dies in Yankton
Funeral services for Robert R. “Bob” Bieber, 84, of Yankton and formerly of Trail City, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge.
Burial will be the Trail City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.
Robert passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Yankton.
Bob was born on May 5, 1930, to Henry and Bertha (Zeller) Bieber. He was raised on the family farm near Trail City. He attended the Harding School for his primary education and attended high school at both McLaughlin Public School and Northwest Lutheran Academy in Mobridge.
Following his education he served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 and was very proud to be the elder member of a three-generation Marine family.
On March 15, 1954, Bob married Theresa Schweitzer and the couple made their home in rural Trail City. Bob and Theresa were hard-working family farmers and together united the farmsteads of both Bob’s and Theresa’s families. As proud alumni of Harding School family, Bob and Theresa helped to organize many school reunions. The Harding School still stands as a country school museum on the prairie.
Bob was also an active member of the community and served with several organizations. He spent many years on the McLaughlin School Board, serving as a board member and later as president. He served on the Board of Directors for the Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative. He also worked closely with the Trail City Fire Department. Even though farming and community activities took much of Bob’s time, he thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the prairie. He loved the native grasses and spent many hours exploring the banks of the creek that ran through the family farm. Each calving season, Bob somehow found enough crocus flowers to present a bouquet to Ther-esa. After many years near Trail City, Bob and Theresa retired from farming in 2000 and moved to Yankton.
Bob is survived by his wife, Theresa of Yankton; eight children, Deborah (Carmen) Hout of Sioux Falls, Susan (Robert) Thompson of Rapid City, Richard Bieber of Trail City, Patricia (Mark) Wrucke of Farmington, Minn., Irene (Leonard) Cardwell of Topeka, Kan., Steven (Barb) Bieber of New Underwood, Lucy (Thomas) Lewno of Yankton, and Joyce (Gaylund) Kindvall of Brookings; sisters, Pearl Johnson-Barrett of Rapid City and Lyla Van Orman of Mandan, N.D.; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bertha Bieber; Theresa’s parents, Pete and Frances Schweitzer; sister, Bernice Redlin; four brothers, Henry “Kenny” Bieber, George “Dick” Bieber and two infant twin brothers, Gernard and Bernard.