Robert Duane “Bob” Grove, the son of Sigfred and Ione (Oksendahl) Grove was born on December 14, 1951 in Rugby, North Dakota. He died at the age of 63 years on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
Bob was raised in the home of his parents and was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church. He attended Lincoln Country School for first grade and Rugby Public Schools, graduating in 1969. He attended North Dakota State University, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Agriculture. He taught Vocational Agriculture and was the FFA Advisor in Des Lacs and Halliday, North Dakota. In 1980, he came home to assist his dad with farming. What started off as a temporary position, became his new passion in life. Farming allowed him the freedom to farm the land, raise beef cattle, donkeys and exotic birds, and also substitute teach in the Vo-Ag Department at Rugby High School.
Bob had a wonderful array of interests, woodworking, construction, cattle judging, ice fishing, music, gardening, artistic talents that crossed many areas and playing cards. Uncle Bob loved entertaining all the nieces, nephews by playing the accordion and piano. He planted pine trees along Highway 3 for folks to enjoy for years to come. His taxidermy and restored buggy are part of the Museum in Rugby. He was an active member and church council member of Bethel Lutheran Church. He cared deeply for others and loved the old and young for all they had to share. He enjoyed life!
Bob is survived by his mother, Ione of Rugby; brothers, Warren (Kathy) and Gary (Mary), all of Rugby; sisters, Patricia (Jim) Corbit of Hebron, Kentucky, and Brenda (Dennis) Jundt of Rugby; 14 nieces and nephews; 19 great-nieces and nephews; aunts, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father in 2009 and his grandparents.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 5th at the First Lutheran Church in Rugby with spring burial in the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Rugby. Pastor Mike Pretzer and Pastor Sharon Baker, officiating.
Organist: Pam Anderson Vocalist: Alecia Pretzer
Casket Bearers: Brandon Grove, Lance Grove, Zachary Grove, Amos Grove, Cody Corbit, Kristofer Corbit, and Dustin Jundt
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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