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“Still miss you dad! ”
1 of 36 | Posted by: Jon Gietzen - forest grove, OR

“Mike and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you to help you through this difficult time. God bless you all. ”
2 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy and Harlan Hess - Lemmon SD

“the email address should read sbcglobal.net NoT abcglobal.net- thankyou ”
3 of 36 | Posted by: Beth Ann Remmick Van Grinsven

“Happy Homegoing to my Jolliest Uncle!! I think that I never knew what giggling really looked like in an adult until Uncle Bobby would do it with...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Beth Ann Remmick Van Grinsven

“I didn't have the most time to get to know you, but I cherished every moment I had. I have however spent a bit of time with your family and being...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Christina Bolen Neenah, Wisconsin

“My prayers are with the Gietzen family at the loss of their wonderful Grampa. I have never had the chance of meeting this wonderful person; but the...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Jeevan John - Houston, Texas

“My Dear Bob, You were and are my one and only. I love you so much. We had fifty-nine years together. I miss you with all my heart and soul. Yours...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: DoLores S. Gietzen

“He'll be missed. ”
8 of 36 | Posted by: Brian Gietzen

“I will always remember the times out in the fields. Whether riding the tractor or in the truck I loved sitting with Grandpa and listening to him talk...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Joshua Gietzen

“I have been remembering all the good times we spent together as couples. Bob was such a good natured person and agreeable followed by a nice smile....Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Lilly Ackerman New Leipzig, N.D.

“Aunt Delores and Family, Our thoughts an prayers are with you. Shelly, Nic and Jack ”
11 of 36 | Posted by: Shelly Blakeman - Fargo, ND

“Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. ”
12 of 36 | Posted by: Mark & Julie Andresen Mandan, ND

“Thinking of you all at this time. What a wonderful tribute to a man who clearly made the most of his life and enjoyed his family. ”
13 of 36 | Posted by: Beth Crawford - Albany, MO

“May the peace of Christ comfort Aunt Deloris and the many others who lives were tied so closely to Uncle Bobbys. As a fella who enjoys sports, I...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Nathan Remmick - Houston, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. ”
15 of 36 | Posted by: Wayne & Rachel Haidle - Bismarck

“Grandpa, you were such an amazing person to be around - never a "dull" moment. Reading the other entries really brings me back to those days, and it...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Sam Gietzen - Fargo, ND

“Grandpa, you are such a wonderful man. We truely cherish the times we spent together. You will live in our hearts forever. We love and miss you!!!...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Tara Wehri - St Joseph, MO

“Grandpa, the life you lived has set forth such an example for all to follow. The strong, steady,and sincere way about you has inspired so many. You...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Christie Weldon - Antwerp, NY

“grampa you will always be my hero even now that i cant call and talk to you on the phone. You were more like a father than a grandfather and i miss...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: nathan goodwin - neenah wisconsin

“Uncle Bobby was a good man and everything an Uncle can be expected to be. I have nothing but good memories of him. Death is a part of life, and we...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Mark S. Gietzen - Wichita, KS

“Grampa left behind a legacy of hard work, loyalty, humor and love that shines brightly through the personalities and accomplishments of each of his...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Claire Wehri - Houston, Texas

“Uncle Bob was such a gentle man. We were all touched by his example and sweetness. He has left to us a wonderful family which carries on his legacy....Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: John Woeste Salt Lake City, Utah

“Aunt Dolores & Family, My heart goes out to all of you in the loss of your husband and father. Uncle Bob was such a kind soft-spoken & wonderful man...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Zelmer - Burnsville, MN

“Dear Dan and Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Reading the obituary, I was struck by the way Robert trusted the Lord in all...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Gear - Driscoll, ND

“Love you. He read me good books. I like to joke with Grandpa and Grandpa would tease me back. I miss you. ”
25 of 36 | Posted by: maggie gietzen

“I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He is resting peacefully now. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Marsha ...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Marsha (Hochhalter) Ridl

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, father, grandpa and friend. Nothing we can say will ease the hurt, but he is in a better place. Your...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Dung and Darcie - Bismarck

“Our sincere condolenses are with you during this time of sorrow. May God Bless all of you. ”
28 of 36 | Posted by: Marlin & Sally Schneider

“Grandpa, I miss you so much. You were so good to us that I never thought for one second about not being a "real" grandchild, you and Grandma always...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Whitney Longwell

“Grandpa I miss you, and I'll remember when you used to show us the barn everytime we came out to the farm, even though we'd seen it 30 times. I...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Eric Gietzen - Forest Grove

“We love you Mom and Dad. ”
31 of 36 | Posted by: Jon & Robin Gietzen

“Grandpa I miss you, you were such a loving grandpa. I will never for get when you made me and Whitney that awsome snow fort the first year we moved...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Kelsey Longwell

“Grandpa I miss you, you were such a loving grandpa. I will never for get when you made me and Whitney that awsome snow fort the first year we moved...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Kelsey Longwell

“Dad, I can't begin to thank you for being my Dad and always being there for me. You never ever judged me and I know at times you weren't happy with...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Patricia J. Ellis New Leipzig, ND

“Miss you Dad ”
35 of 36 | Posted by: Daniel D Gietzen - Mandan, ND

“My dearest sympathy to all of the Gietzen family. I'm sure Grandpa Gietzen will be sincerely missed and remembered by all who knew him. He made me...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Danielle Schlosser - Mandan, ND


Robert P. Gietzen, age 77 of New Leipzig, passed away at his home on Friday morning, December 1, 2006. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 9, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in New Leipzig. Fr Charles Zins will officiate with inurnment in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 12:00 noon until 5:00pm, the time of the rosary.

Special music will be provided by Paula Rivinius, Zach Gietzen, Sam Gietzen, Kelsey Longwell, Linda Gietzen and the grand and great grandchildren. The Bell Tollers are Christie and John Weldon, and all Roberts children and grandchildren.

Serving as casketbearers are his 8 children. Honorary Casketbearers are the grand and great grandchildren.

Ask anyone who knew him well and they would agree that to Bob Gietzen, life was farming and farming was his life. Bob was born on a cold day in May in a home birth on a farm in Haymarsh, North Dakota. Bob was born to William N. and Anna (Hartman) Gietzen. He joined older sister MaryAnn (Evanson) and older brother William F. Gietzen. A few years later a younger sister Betty Lou (Remmick) joined the family. As a farmer his life was dictated by the seasons. To Bob the season he was in was his favorite.

In the spring season of his life, Bob spent his early years being an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He earned an eighth grade education and then joined his father on the farm. For recreation he played baseball with six brothers by the name of Opp. Their team name, 'The 7-Opps' served as an indication of the dry sense of humor Bob would exhibit the rest of his life. He worked a variety of jobs early in his life including installing REA poles one summer, working at the Woeste Creamery in Glen Ullin where he dated his future bride, working for the local railroad, working for Schultz Creamery in Bismarck and as a laborer building the Provident Life building in Bismarck. While working on the Provident Life building the competition for work was so fierce that one day a man began carrying 2 bags of concrete at a time when up until then they had only been carrying one bag each time. This shocked the other men but to keep their jobs they all felt they needed to carry 2 bags as well. This went on for a short while, when Bob decided that was enough. He grabbed 3 bags of concrete (240 lbs) and carried the bags up the stairs. The next time around, everyone was carrying 1 bag again. Bob was a man who demanded fairness in how others were treated. Matt 23:23

Bob was always a hard worker. During his courtship of DoLores Woeste, Bob would work all day, get cleaned up and in the evening go in to visit his future bride. Often their 'dates' would involve Bob falling asleep on the couch. On the nights when Bob was not so tired, they would go out dancing. Bob was a popular dance partner and until very recently was still able to dance with his wife at a granddaughters wedding this spring. Bob and DoLores were married May 16th 1949. Bob was a faithful Husband. Proverbs 5:18

In the Summer season of his life, Bob and DoLores bought a farm in rural New Leipzig, the year was 1954. Bringing their two children, Dan and Patricia, with Thomas on the way, they established a family farm where Dad continued his life passion of farming. He would milk his world class Guernsey cows every morning and work in the fields until the early evening, milk the cows again and during the busy seasons would go out into the field and work far into the night. The kids multiplied over the years and they all looked forward to the chance to bring lunch out to their dad in the summer. Mom would make a lunch of minced ham sandwiches and nectar for the kids. She would fill a jar with hot coffee and we would pile into the old Chrysler sedan and drive out to the field where Dad was working. Our Dad was our hero as he drove up on his green John Deere tractor. He would walk over to the car and sit in the front seat, eat his sandwiches, drink his coffee and tell Mom about how the fieldwork was going. He would faithfully compliment Mom on how good everything tasted. Mom and Dad were able to successfully make a living on that small farm for many years. Dad was a man who toiled the land. Gen 3:19

In 1976 a fierce tornado struck the farm. The next morning in the light of day, the farm was a shambles and the crops were hailed out. Although shaken, Mom and Dad felt that God must certainly have a plan in this. Through the summer everyone cleaned up broken buildings and repaired the farm. In the fall, Bob was surprised to find that we actually had a crop. This was an amazing harvest especially in light of the crop being hailed on and that our parents did not believe in crop insurance. Bob always tried to honor God in his life. Although he would work on some Sundays during harvest, he would always go to church. When asked how he could then go out and work on the combine all day on Sunday, he would say that he was offering up that day of work to God and that he would meditate on Jesus. In the fall when he would sell off the crop, Bob made sure that every tenth truckload he earmarked for the 'Lord'. That truck would often be heavily overloaded with grain. Dad knew that he was only giving back what was already God's. Bob was truly a man of faith. Proverbs 3:5

They raised eight children over the years. His children include; Dan and his wife

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