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Robert Santwire

Robert Santwire

Jan. 31, 1941-Sept. 3, 2014

Robert P. Santwire, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Essentia Health in Fargo, due to complications from open heart surgery.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8 in St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, 20996 Co Highway 20, rural Pelican Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, with a 7 p.m. prayer service to follow, at David Donehower Funeral Home, 609 Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes. It will continue for one hour prior to Monday's services at the church.

A private family interment will be held at a later date.

Robert Peter Santwire was born to Alfred and Emma (Germaine) Santwire on January 13, 1941 in Mahnomen. Bob attended Waubun High School, graduating in 1959. After high school he attended Moorhead State.

On September 3, 1960 Bob was united in marriage to Marlys Blattenbauer in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beaulieu. Throughout the years they lived in Moorhead, Ada and Minneapolis before moving back to Detroit Lakes in 1968.

Bob started working with State Farm Insurance in 1966 and retired with the company in 1998. He was an avid fisherman and for 52 years, enjoyed the annual fishing opener with the "gang." He enjoyed playing his guitar, tinkering with projects and entertaining, especially when it allowed him to be the "chef" in his cook shack.

As important as fishing was to Bob, he was even more proud of his family, especially his grandchildren and his wife Marlys, his high school sweetheart and love of his life. His love for family was evident and an example of what devotion and happiness can bring in 54 years of wedded bliss.

Always charismatic and witty, Bob had that special gift in making everyone feel comfortable in his presence. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that would light up a room.

Bob will be remembered and missed by his wife of 54 years, Marlys of Detroit Lakes; one son, Scott (Colleen) Santwire of Detroit Lakes; and two daughters, Sonia (Charles) O'Brien of Inver Grove Heights and Susie (Kevin) Bassett of Farmington; along with seven grandchildren; one sister, Cora (Edwin) Neisen of Cold Spring; and one brother, Al (Connie) Santwire of Fargo.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Leonard and Thomas; and one sister, Ivadelle Schmoll.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, 20996 County Hwy. 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 or Essentia Health Regional Foundation, 3000 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103.

David Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at