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Robert A. Schnaible

Robert A. Schnaible, age 86, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Sunday, May 19, 2024 at the Crook County Long Term Care Center in Sundance, Wyoming.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2024 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard.

Bob's funeral service can be viewed live or following the funeral from his obituary page located on the funeral home's website:

Robert Arvade Schnaible was born April 5, 1938 in Linton, North Dakota. He was the son of Theodore and Hilda (Backhaus) Schnaible.

Bob grew up in Linton, where he graduated from high school in 1956. During his school years, he was very active with the Boy Scouts and FFA. This continued when he had children as well.

Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. Shortly after his honorable discharge, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Marie Nieuwsma on April 7, 1959 in Hull, North Dakota.

Following their marriage, they moved to Belle Fourche where Bob was the Parts Manager for Hoseth Auto Parts for many years. He retired in 2000.

Bob always stayed busy and he was a very hard worker. For many years he worked on cars and tractors, repairing and restoring them. He was passionate about tractor pulls and the won several competitions.

When they first moved to Belle Fourche, Bob and Betty were active members at St. James Lutheran Church, where Bob helped construct the church building. Bob also helped construct the Moose Lodge where he was a long-time member.

He was also a long-time member of the Lions Club. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. Together Bob and Betty were blessed with 65 years of marriage.

Robert is survived by his wife Betty of Sundance; sons, Robert (Susan) of Belle Fourche, Russell (Rita) of Douglas, Wyoming; daughter, Rhonda (Mark) Dick of Sundance; five grandchildren, Tyler (Dawn), Whitney, Terin, Erin, Liz (Drew); six great grandchildren, Drake, Jade, Noah, Anthony, Maya, Miles; and brother, Jerome (Jean) of Bismarck, North Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn son, Thurman James; brothers, Kenneth, Curtis, Duane, Fredrich; sister, Glenda Ost; and son-in-law, Russell Hart.