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Robert "Bob" Schwieters, age 71 of Glenwood, died Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 27th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church as well. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Calvary Cemetery in Glenwood. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Robert "Bob" Edmund Schwieters, was born on December 2, 1951, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Bob was the third of twelve children born to Herbert and Aurelia (Stalboerger) Schwieters. Known for his kindness, intelligence, and loving nature, Bob leaves behind a legacy that will be cherished by all who knew him.
Bob was raised in Greenwald, where he attended local schools and graduated from Melrose High School in 1970. He furthered his education at Granite Falls Technical College, earning a degree in sales and marketing in 1972. Bob's lifelong passion for automobiles led him to a successful career in the industry. He started his career as a salesperson at Baston Chevy in St. Cloud in 1972, where he honed his skills in customer service and sales. Bob's entrepreneurial spirit led him to own and operate Schwieters Chevrolet of Glenwood from 1998 until July 1, 2012 when he sold the business. Bob was also part owner of Schwieters Chevrolet in Cold Spring and Willmar and Schwieters Ford of Montevideo. He continued to own and help at the other three Schwieters businesses even after being diagnosed with lung cancer and later bone cancer.
Bob's work in the automobile industry was complemented by his involvement in various associations. He was an active member of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Bob also served as a board member the Local Marketing Association. His dedication to his profession was evident in his active participation and contributions to these associations.
On February 24, 1973, Bob married Kathy Shackelford at St. Andrew's Church in Greenwald. Together, they made their home in various places, including St. Joseph, St. Cloud, Sheboygan, WI, and Glenwood. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Grant and Darrin. Their love story of fifty years is an inspiration to all who know them. Beyond his professional life, Bob was a passionate outdoorsman, spending much of his free time hunting and fishing. He was a member of Pheasants Forever and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Bob also enjoyed traveling, but the moments he cherished the most were those spent with his family. His love for his family was evident in every aspect of his life, from his dedication to his work to his hobbies and interests. Bob passed away peacefully at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, Minnesota, on September 19, 2023.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Schwieters of Glenwood; sons, Grant (Angie) Schwieters of Richmond and Darrin (Dianne) Schwieters of Glenwood; grandchildren, Alexander, Autumn, and Harrison Schwieters. Bob also leaves behind his sisters, Mary (Kevin) Athmann, Caroline (Dan) Wander, and Gloria (Randy) Welle and his brothers, Richard (Shari), Joel (Cindi), John (Lynnea), and Leo Schwieters; his nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and his special dog, Oreo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Harvey Schwieters, Phillip Schwieters, Thomas Schwieters, Dennis Schwieters.