Robert R. (Bob) Bieber

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Funeral services for Robert R. (Bob) Bieber, 84, of Yankton and formerly of Trail City will be 11 a.m. CT, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge. Burial will be in the Trail City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home. Robert passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Yankton. Robert "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 Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge. He served in the Marine Corps from 1951 until 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. They were hard working family farmers and together united the farmsteads of both Bob’s and Theresa’s families. As proud alumni of the 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 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 its president. Bob 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 Theresa. 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; 8 children— Deborah Hout (Carmen) of Sioux Falls, Susan Thompson (Robert) of Rapid City, Richard Bieber of Trail City, Patricia Wrucke (Mark) of Farmington, MN, Irene Cardwell (Leonard) of Topeka KS, Steven (Barb) Bieber of New Underwood, Lucy Lewno (Thomas) of Yankton, and Joyce Kindvall (Gaylund) of Brookings; sisters— Pearl Johnson-Barrett of Rapid City and Lyla VanOrman of Mandan, ND; 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; one sister Bernice Redlin;  and four brothers— Henry (Kenny) Bieber, George (Dick) Bieber, and infant twins, Gernard and Bernard  
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