Robert “Bob” Andrews: 1939-2013
Robert “Bob” Andrews, 73 of Bowman, ND, went with his maker to greener pastures after a long fought battle with cancer surrounded by his family at home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. David Morman celebrated the Mass followed by burial at Bowman Cemetery.
Robert Emmitt Andrews was born on July 29, 1939, the youngest of Josie and Albert Andrews’ four children. He was born and raised on his family’s homesteaded farm north of Bowman where he built his farming/ranching operation from scratch.
Bob attended Star School where as the class clown he spent many afternoons on the roof avoiding schoolwork. Bob’s personality could only be described as more colorful than a box of crayons and helped him to make friends with everyone he met.
After a very public announcement on a manure spreader during the Bowman Fair Parade, Bob married his favorite dancing partner Rita Reitz on Oct. 30 1965. Soon, Bob and Rita started their family with the oldest, Wes being born in 1966. Shortly after Rhonda and Shelly arrived in 1967 and 1968 to be followed by Tina, Mandey and the surprise, Ashley.
Bob made many memories dancing with Rita at barn dances, riding bareback horses, roping at the Stearns Barn, racing snowmobiles, trick skiing at water shows and finding mischief wherever he could.
An avid supporter of his kids’ activities including Bulldog sports, 4-H and most notably rodeo, Bob spent 18 years traveling to High School Rodeos across the state. He spent countless more volunteering at the NDHSRA State Finals as Arena Director and tractor driver. He and Rita were given the volunteer award in 2011 by the State Finals Committee. He was also named the Justin Boots Committee Man of the Year by the Bowman PRCA Rodeo in 2012. His love of rodeo was obvious, he was there to help anyone who needed it and treated them like his own.
Bob’s passion was farming and it showed. He loved to be the first in the field come spring planting and he kept his cattle a little beyond well fed. He was firm in his beliefs whether it was John Deere tractors, Ford pickups, Hamms Beer, Politics or his core beliefs of generosity and hard work. He was named the Bowman County Farmer/Rancher of the year in 2012.
Entertaining his 16 grandchildren was one of Bob’s most dear hobbies. Until the end, Bob maintained that he was happy with his full life, but would most miss watching his grandkids grow and take part in sports and activities.
Bob was a good man, a man to be remembered with a smile. His family knows he is farming a bumper crop of barley where the grass grows lush, green and stirrup high and the waters run cool clear and deep. Without a doubt, Bob’s entry fees have been paid.
He is survived by many family members who will miss him dearly, his wife Rita, son Wes (Tobiann) Andrews, Bowman; their children Chance, Abby, Sam, TJ and Quin; daughter Rhonda (Dean) Breuer, Mandan; their children Cody, Whitney and Carson; daughter Shelly (Randall) Christensen, Sturgis; daughter Tina (Wade) Marmon, Bowman; their children Dylan, Reed, Teigen and Coy; daughter Mandey (Mike) Kane, Huron; their children Hayden and Grady; daughter Ashley (Eric) Alderson, Bowman, their children Hadley and Easton; Bob’s sisters; Joan (Stanley) Pope, Bowman; Dora (Bob) Folske, Bowman; and Rita “Bug” Andrews, Detroit, MI, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Albert and Josie Andrews.