Robert Raatz

Robert Raatz

September 22, 1938 - October 27, 2019
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Bob was born September 22, 1938, in Elbow Lake, MN, the son of Adrian and Helen Raatz.
Bob had a successful career with Bell Telephone Company as a cable maintenance worker. At Bell, he made many lifelong friends and was a union steward as well as a member of the Communications Workers of America. He spent 35 years with Bell Telephone before retiring in 1992. After retiring, he spent his time on his farm in Epiphany, SD, working on his tractor, growing hay, and caring for his cows and chickens.
He loved to travel and would go on long motorcycle trips. On one of these trips, he went to Yellowstone, WY, with his friends from the telephone company. He joined his son, Daniel, on a trip to Tennessee when he joined the Navy. Bob also rode across the Golden Gate Bridge and through Napa Valley, just to name a few of his many rides. He was an umpire for his children’s little league team and moved many times during his life.
Bob was a generous spirit and a man who could always make you laugh. He truly lived his life through simple pleasures. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Robert Adrian Raatz, 81, of Sturgis, died Sunday, October 27, 2019, in Spearfish.
Bob had 3 children that survive him, Terri, Daniel, and David, and they gave him many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Yvonne; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Adrian; mother, Helen; and sister, Eunice.
A celebration of life will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. November 16, 2019, at the Post 22 American Legion in Rapid City.
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  • Memorial Service

    November 16, 2019 | 12:00pm
    November 16, 2019 12:00pm
    American Legion Post 22
    818 E. Saint Patrick Street
    Rapid City, SD 57701
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    12-4 pm

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Dave & Darcy Lekness

Posted at 09:20am
We worked with Bob for many years at the phone company. We also shared many good times and fun motorcycle rides with him at our many Bell Riders rallies. We’re very sorry to hear of his passing and extend our sincere sympathies to family. Darcy and Dave Lekness


Posted at 06:36pm
R.I.P. Bob

Sandi Gondzar

Posted at 11:01am
I'm so sorry for your loss! My father and Bob worked together and both retired from the telephone company. I have many fond memories of Bob, always kind and giving and always had a smile on his face. My father passed away one week after Bob and their funerals are on the same day! Blessings to the family during this difficult time, but hold on to all the wonderful memories you've made. Sandi (Olson) Gondzar


Posted at 03:32pm
R.I.P. Bob

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