Robert Bartscher

Robert Bartscher


September 9, 1934 - November 11, 2023


Robert Bartscher, 89, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, November 11, 2023, at his home. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 17, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Robert Henry Bartscher was born on September 9, 1934 in Miner County to Henry and Eleanora (Mentele) Bartscher. He graduated from St. Peter's Catholic School in Farmer, SD. Robert served in the US Army from 1957-1959.

On September 5, 1959, Robert was united in marriage to Leona Mae Gessner in Salem, SD. In 1966, they moved to a farm south of Mitchell where they raised their nine children.

Robert was a mason for many years. He enjoyed working for his cousin Eldon, along with his brothers Don and Gene. In 1966, he and his brother Gene began Bartscher Brother Construction, which was a successful business for 28 years, and where they were lucky enough to have their father, Henry, and their sons, work for them. In 1995, Robert continued to work with his three sons, Hank, Buck, and Steve with Bartscher Concrete & Masonry.

Robert enjoyed going to coffee at 1-90 and visiting with friends. He raised and raced thoroughbreds. He also loved attending his many children's and grandchildren's activities. He was a cancer survivor.

Robert is survived by his wife, Leona Bartscher; children: Mary Bartscher of Mitchell, Carol (Mark) Peterson of Johnston, IA, Hank (Lesley) Bartscher of Mitchell, Debra (Gordy) Walz of Mitchell, Karen (Doug) Kroeplin of Highmore, Jon (Tanya) Bartscher of Mitchell, Connie (George) Kutsaftis of Portsmouth, RI, and Steven (Angela) Bartscher of Mitchell; 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sisters: Alice Schleich, Irene Olinger, Connie Bukacek, Georgie Weber, and Maureen Weber; and son-in-law, Eric (Carol) Hanks.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Roberta Hanks; son-in-law, Gordy Walz; and brothers, Don and Eugene.


Thursday, November 16, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, November 17, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Michele Oster Norby on November 17, 2023
We are so sad to hear about Bob's passing he was a good man.
Posted by Terry Slattery on November 17, 2023
You are in our thoughts and prayers, Leona. I am sending a message to our other class mates.
Posted by Pete and Deb Swanson on November 16, 2023
Hank and family, sending our deepest condolences in the loss of your father and grandfather. May your memories of him comfort you during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
Posted by Sister Elaine Garry on November 16, 2023
My sympathy to Leona and family. Leona, I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and receive Robert into eternity with open arms of welcome!
Posted by Ron and Cherie Scheich on November 16, 2023
Deepest sympathy to the Bartscher family and May you hold Bob’s memories close to your heart they are now a treasure!!
Posted by Sharon McBrayer on November 15, 2023
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Bob's family.
Posted by Steve &Sheryl McClure on November 15, 2023
Our sincere sympathy to you Leona and your family. We really enjoyed Bob he was a great person. Know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless.
Posted by Sharon Baloun on November 15, 2023
So sorry to hear about your Father, I didn’t know him but he must have done things right because he raised a wonderful daughter Karen.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on November 15, 2023
We are sending our condolences & prayers to the Robert Bartscher family. May all the memories of life with him bring Peace & Comfort all these days.

To Steve & siblings : The loss of a father can never be replaced, but the love of a father can never be lost.
Posted by Pat Logan on November 15, 2023
My sincere sympathy for the loss of your father and grandfather.
Posted by Tina Maxwell on November 15, 2023
My prayers are with you.
Posted by Mark Harrington on November 15, 2023
Bob was a Very Wonderful person.... with a Very Wonderful family,. Bob Will be missed by ALL
Posted by Harv Fridley on November 15, 2023
I am sorry to hear of your families loss of a wonderful person. I remember how supportive he and his wife were for all of you children’s events. A great father figure that has left behind a wonderful group to continue on. God bless you all.
Posted by Dick and Carol kunkel on November 14, 2023
Georgie and family. So sorry for your loss. May God's blessings be with all the family.
Posted by Dennis & Chery Kunkel on November 14, 2023
Sorry to hear about your loss of Bob , he was a great man, very hard dedicated man . He sure will be missed by many. Our thoughts & prayers to you all .
Posted by Natalie Holstein on November 14, 2023
My sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Greg Lee on November 14, 2023
What a great man Bob was. Always had something nice to say. If he heard ya, that is...He will be missed at the Mentele reunions..
Posted by Sue VanderHeiden on November 14, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Yo are all in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on November 14, 2023
Toughts and prayers to all of you for this sad loss of a great man !!!
Posted by Jodi Schladweiler on November 14, 2023
My deepest sympathy. Bob will be missed.
Posted by Garyand 1bonnie Preszer on November 13, 2023
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Pete Weins on November 13, 2023
Our symthany to your family our thoughts are with you
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