Robert Slaba, Lake Andes
Robert G. "Bob" Slaba, 71, Lake Andes, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at Avera St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Lake Andes. Burial will be in St. Mark's Catholic Cemetery...
Robert G. "Bob" Slaba, 71, Lake Andes, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at Avera St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Lake Andes. Burial will be in St. Mark's Catholic Cemetery, Lake Andes. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church, with a 7 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Koehn Brothers Funeral Home, Lake Andes.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1937, on the family farm near Geddes to Charles and Rose (Tucek) Slaba.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1964, serving 15 months in Korea.
On Aug. 27, 1960, he married Rosetta Fideler at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Geddes.
He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church for 44 years.
He worked for Lake Andes Auto Supply and owned and operated Hi-Way Service and LA Oil and Gas from 1967 to 1999.
After retiring, he worked for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, as a DAV driver and for Jim Simmerman.
He served on the board of directors for the Lake Andes Health Care Center, low income housing and was a member and officer of the Lakers Club.
He was a member of the Lake Andes Firemen's Association a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, achieving fourth-degree in Grand Knight status and was currently serving as a trustee.
He belonged to the VFW, Lake Andes Development Association, South Dakota Independent Oilmen's Association and was president of South Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association.
He is survived by his wife, three sons: Bryan and wife Diane, Mitchell; Robert Jr. and wife Mary, Canby, Minn.; and Ron and wife Net, Ludlow; four daughters: Brenda Holm and husband Rob, Riverdale, N.D.; Sheryl Ledeboer, Sioux Falls; Carrie Rydstrom and husband Jay, Vermillion; and Denise Taggart and husband Bill, Yankton; 19 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, a sister, Leona Bruner, Geddes; and a brother, Charles and wife Wilma, Geddes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Thomas F. Bruner; and a great-nephew.