Bob RothenbacherRobert "Bob" Rothenbacher

January 8, 1932 — February 18, 2023
Robert “Bob” Rothenbacher, age 91, the ever devoted Catholic, went to be with his loving God on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

Bob was born on January 8, 1932 to Joseph and Marie Rothenbacher in McIntosh, South Dakota.

In 1947, the Rothenbacher family left their ranch in South Dakota to move to a farm near Rush City in hopes of a better education for the 5 children. Bob graduated from Rush City High School in 1950. He worked his way through school at St. Thomas College and participated in the ROTC program.

At the Lackland Air Force base in Texas, he was an instructor in the Intelligence Division. After completing his military service, he worked for Robert Hall Stores. While working in Chicago, he met a lovely Irish lass Ellen Heffernan, who became his wife in 1960. After returning to St. Paul, he completed his Masters in Education and School Counseling. He worked for Moundsview School District until his retirement in 1992. 

Bob had many interests including traveling all over the world, winter vacations in Mazatlan and restoring a hobby farm in Rush City. He loved living on Cross Lake in Pine City, gardening, reading, playing cards and eating out. Family and friends were most important and he loved gatherings.

Bob is survived by his daughter Margo Rothenbacher (Peter Schmittdiel); son Dean Rothenbacher; grandsons Parker Rothenbacher-Schmittdiel, Pierce Rothenbacher-Schmittdiel; sister Carol Rothenbacher (James Frank Gallivan); brother Terrence (Sue) Rothenbacher and their daughter Andrea Bongard and her children Jack and Grace; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Marie Rothenbacher; loving wife Ellen Rothenbacher; sisters Doris (August) Nelson, JoAnn (Edward) Mako, Cecilia Skidmore; niece Stacy Rohrer.

Father Chuck Brombrilla will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Bob: 11 AM; Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City. A gathering of family and friends is planned from 5-8 PM; Monday, May 1, 2023 at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City and also one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Memorials may be directed to:

St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 North Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325