Robert Wetch, 74, Bismarck, died June 29, 2018 at a Mandan care center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Garden.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 with a Vigil at 7:00 on Thursday, July 5 at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Bob was born December 16, 1943 in Bismarck, ND to Tony and Aldina Wetch. He attended St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s elementary schools, graduating from Bismarck Bismarck High School in 1962.
He worked for Dan’s Super Valu in Bismarck, working all positions until he became manager of the bakery. He loved introducing new desserts to the line of products they made. He was the first to make homemade kuchen and caramel rolls in Bismarck. Bob used some of his mom’s recipes to make these delicious products. He left Dan’s after 17 years. While working at Dan’s he also joined the 311th General Hospital Unit of the Army Reserves as a medic.
After his work at Dan’s, he then worked for Red Owl Bakery revising the bakery as manager. When the store closed he started working for Kentucky Fried Chicken as their manager. After a year or so, he started working for Scheels Sports at Kirkwood Mall as a salesman. He was there #1 salesman many times over while working in the gun department. Unfortunately, he suffered a massive heart attack in 1984. He recovered enough to return part-time and in about 2 months to full time work again. In 1988, he had another heart attack taking him completely off work.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling to Canada for many years with his buddy’s Dallas Sailer and Ron Federenko. Eventually his son Chris and his friends joined the group. All kinds of big fish stories abounded upon their return. Bob could tell you about specific hunts for deer with his dad and son anytime you mentioned hunting. I think that’s why he was such a great salesman. He continued these trips until he felt he needed to be closer to medical facilities because of his heart. He spent much time at the shooting range siting in his rifles and pistol. He also enjoyed collecting all calibers of brass to reload.
His favorite singer was Roy Orbison. All our vehicles and our home had CD’s playing his songs. He collected all his tapes and CD’s. When we vacationed in other states he would have to find all the record shops to see if they had any Orbison that he didn’t have.
He married Myrna Koenig on April 24, 1971. They had two children, Melissa “Missy” and Chris. They celebrated 47 years of marriage this year.
Myrna and Bob, along with their children, traveled the US and Canada with their 22’ mini home on their annual vacations. The longest trip they made was to the Arch in Missouri, Nashville and Memphis, TN, Orlando and St. Augustine, FL, New Orleans, and Branson, MO in a three-week period.
Bob leaves behind his wife, Myrna; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Heather Wetch; Grand Forks, ND; his grandson, Dawson Bertelsen; his sister, Patricia (Butch) Hochhalter, Victor, MT; and his brother-in-law Ronnie (Sharon) Koenig, Elgin, ND and sisters-in-law, Kathi Lacis (Rod Schiermeister), and Dee Wetch. He also leaves many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Wetch; his brother, Dennis Wetch; his parents, Tony and Aldina Wetch; as well as aunts and uncles he was very close to.