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“My most sincere sympathies and prayers to Virginia and family.I knew Bob from when we were just little kids.Virginia & Dennis, and Vernon and Eva...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: BARB Durfee - Gregory, SD

“I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Bob was a great coworker whom I had the pleasure of working with.RIP BobGone too soon ...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Vogt - Herrick, SD

“I am so sorry to read of Bob's passing. My sympathy is with you and your family, Virginia. I have many fond memories of you and Dennis. Prayers are...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Carol aka Pete Peterson Melius - FL

“Virginia and Family;I am so sorry to hear that Bob has passed away. I enjoyed all the years that I worked with him at the nursing home. He was a...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Pat Doll - Brandon, SD - Friend

“Sorry to hear about Bob. he was always a nice guy. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Marvin Braun - Gregory, SD

“I remember 4-H achievement days and how proud Bob was of his animals. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Matt Kayl - San Lorenzo, CA

“Knew Bobbie very well when we all were younger and friends with Lisa who married my brother and Denise we all used to hang out and sorry for your...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Jean Bucholz (Titus) - Mitchell, SD

“Bob was a classmate and good guy. RIP young man. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Doug Dobesh - Spearfish, SD

“Bob and I were in same classroom for many years, on the same grade school playground. My gratitude for his simple service to God and family and...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: FrRon Garry - Ft Pierre, SD

“Worked with Bob in Winner. Was a coworker and good friend. My sincere sympathy. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: MARIANNE THOMPSON - Colome, SD

“It was Nurses' Day some years ago, and I had had the pleasure of working with Bob for some time. I frequently encouraged him to rest his legs after...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Abby Parlett - Vermillion, SD


Bob LeRoy Soesbe was born on January 19, 1957 in Winner, SD to Dennis and Virginia (Boner) Soesbe. He was the oldest of five children in the family. Bob attended Gregory School District until he graduated from high school in 1975.

While in school he enjoyed attending the 4-H group, North West Rangers, where he showed cattle and sheep. The family would travel all over and made many trips to the SD State Fair and the Western Junior Livestock Show. Bob always looked forward to showing his animals and did whatever it took to keep them healthy and looking good.

After high school Bob attended college in Springfield, SD for two years studying Business Management. After returning home he started working at South Fork Hunting Lodge and Pamida in Winner.

On Sundays you could find Bob at the Union Congregational Church in Gregory for church services. He was very active in the church.

Bob married Kathy and to this union two children were born: Brandon and Ashley. They later divorced.

Bob enlisted in the National Guard out of Winner and did some training in Germany and Honduras. After some medical issues he was honorably discharged.

After returning home, Bob married Lana Hannahs and they had three children: Bobby, Landon, and Taressa. Bob enjoyed spending time with his kids. He would take Bobby shooting, hunting, fishing, and also taught him how to drive. After several years of marriage they got a divorce.

Bob got a job at the Gregory Nursing Home and became an EMT serving the community on the ambulance crew. Bob enjoyed helping people out.

After suffering with MS for many years, Bob's health started to fail and he was placed in the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls where he was shown to have brain damage and told he could not live alone. He then went to live at TLC in Burke for many years.

Bob passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Heritage Manor in Wakonda, SD, at the age of 59.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father Dennis, sister Lisa, niece Jamie, and best friend Duane Schmidt.

Bob is survived by his five children: Brandon, Ashley, Bobby, Landon, and Taressa; their mothers Kathy and Lana; his mother Virginia Soesbe, Gregory; two brothers, Brett Soesbe, Gregory, and Jordy Soesbe, Blackhawk; one sister Denise and husband Chris Averill, Blackhawk; special aunts Donna, Rapid City, and Jenis Audiss, Gregory; and many more family and friends.

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A funeral service for Bob Soesbe, 59, was held Friday, September 9, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Union Congregational Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Tim Voigt officiating.

Music was provided by DeNalda Fortuna, pianist. Congregational hymn was "How Great Thou Art." Recorded music was "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" by Joey & Rory and "Lead Me Home" by Jamey Johnson.

Sherri Yeigh was in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Brett Soesbe, Jordy Soesbe, Jim Spann, Charlie Drews, Don Soesbe, and Ed Titus.

Military honors were given by the Gregory American Legion.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.