Robert 'Bob' Drietz
Robert “Bob” Lee Drietz, loving husband, father of two children, and papa of five grandchildren gained his wings on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.
Bob won his battle against cancer by how he lived, why he lived, and the manner in which he lived.
Bob was born on March 12, 1954 in Canby, MN to Robert and Darlene Drietz.
He was baptized and confirmed in St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno, MN. He graduated from Canby High School in 1972.
He was united in marriage to Diane Stienessen on December 7, 1974 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. To this union, they were blessed with two children that they raised on the Drietz family farm.
Bobs’ two loves were his family and farm. He also enjoyed St. Leo softball, golfing, riding motorcycle, vacationing in the Black Hills and wintering in Florida. He especially enjoyed spending time with his two girls playing TV trivia in the combine and hunting for asparagus.
Bob served on the St. Leo Fire Department for 33 years, 9 of those years he served as Fire Chief. He was a former member of the St. Leo First Responder team, a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church, a member of the St. Leo Men’s Club and a former board member of the Farmers Co-op Elevator. Bob also was a dealer for Gold Country and Wensman Seed for many years.
Bob had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed giving them advise on daily life, helping with schoolwork, and teaching about the family farm operations. Having his grandchildren in his presence was all he needed to fulfill his day.
He is survived by his wife Diane Drietz, St. Leo, MN; two children: Tamara (Bobby Bailey) Drietz, Readlyn, IA and Trish (Shane) Bordewyk, St. Leo, MN; five grandchildren: Jacob and Hannah Davis, Zahndra, Sage and Cayleigh Bordewyk; mother Darlene Drietz, Trinity, FL; sister Jackie (Mitch) Dawald, Elysian, MN; nephew Joshua Dawald, Elysian, MN; father-in-law Laurence Stienessen Minneota, MN; brother-in-law Gary (Linda Nordmeyer) Stienessen, St. Leo, MN; and sister-in-law Audrey (Guy) Chitwood, Duluth, GA.
He is joining his Father Robert Drietz, Sr. and mother-in-law Mary Ann Stienessen in God’s arms.
His humble heart will never be forgotten.