Robert “Bob” Lee Drietz, loving husband, father of two children, and papa of 5 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.
Outdoor Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 3, 2020 at his residence, 2181 310th Street, Taunton, MN 56291, (1 mile East and ¼ mile south of St. Leo, MN) with Fr. Ron Huberty celebrating. If you’d prefer to remain in your vehicle during the service there will be a broadcast on FM radio 88.1. Burial will be in the St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, St. Leo, MN. Visitation will be 3 – 7 p.m. Sunday, August 2nd at the Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Canby, MN. Social Distancing guidelines and occupancy limits will be observed with masks required for all indoors gatherings.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hope Harbor in Marshall, MN or With Angels Wings in Canby, MN.
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. Edwards 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; 5 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.