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Robert Keith Petrich

August 30, 1932 January 10, 2015
Robert Keith Petrich
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Obituary for Robert Keith Petrich

Worthington, MN

     Robert Keith Petrich Jr, 82, was born on August 30, 1932, at his family's farm in Melvin, IA, the son of Robert & Ida Petrich. He moved with his family to a farm in Sibley, IA, at age 7. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1950. He attended Community College and worked on his family’s farm until he attended DeVry University in Chicago in 1958 for television repair. Bob married Jene Horkey on March 15, 1958 at St Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN. Bob played basketball, football, and track for the Sibley High School Generals. He was also involved in athletics at Worthington Community College where he competed in football. Bob was involved in town ball teams in Wilmont and Worthington in both softball and baseball. He was also a very gifted basketball player and was a member of a state championship team in a town ball league for Worthington. Bob was one of very few to get a hit off of Eddie Feigner in an exhibition softball game with Worthington All Stars in the late 1960’s. Bob was employed at Rickbeils Television Repair, shortly after they were married and worked there for 18 years. Bob then joined National Travelers and worked in the Insurance Industry until he retired in 2006. Bob was a volunteer fireman and on the rescue squad in Worthington from 1965-1987. Bob was also involved in Turkey Day for 9 years and was on the Turkey Day Board for 6 years. Bob was a two term city council member and once ran for state representative. Bob was a member of the St Matthew's choir for 63 years, lending his golden voice to numerous weddings, funerals, and other special events and services not to exclude his many years as a member of the Nobles Chordsmen. Bob died on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Arbors in Burnsville, MN.

      Bob is survived by his 3 children; Brian Petrich and his wife, Ruth, of Burnsville MN, Lori Dolce and her husband, Steve, of Golden Valley, MN, and Michael Petrich and his husband Mike of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren; Jason Oelfke, Samantha & Matthew Dolce, Ryan & Lucas Petrich; and 1 great grandchild; Evangelina Oelfke. He was preceded in death by his wife Jene; daughter Karole; his parents; three brothers; Duane, Vernon and Eugene, and a sister Phyllis.

      Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at St Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with the Rev. Robert Schulze officiating. Casket Bearers will be Kevin Petrich, Glen Petrich, Mark Petrich, Jason Oelfke, Matthew Dolce, Ryan Petrich, Lucas Petrich, and David Nerem. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington and also from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.


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