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Robert Wiedewitsch

Sept. 26, 1939-March 10, 2012

Robert E. Wiedewitsch, 72, of Callaway, died Saturday, March 10, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, continuing one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Callaway, with Pastor Del Stohs officiating.

Interment will be at Lake Park Lutheran Cemetery, Lake Park.

Robert Edward Wiedewitsch was born to Roy E. and Freda (Smith) Wiedewitsch on September 26, 1939 in Milaca, Minn. He lived in Onamia, Minn., until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1951. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1958, and served with the National Guard.

He was then a grain truck driver for G & L Gregory Trucking. Later, he was part owner in the Lake Region Speedway in Detroit Lakes. Bob and his brother Archie bought South Side Phillips 66 and he also worked at Black Top Surfacing/Thorson, Inc. and worked for Gayle's Sales in Detroit Lakes.

In 1978 he started STS Trucking with his three brothers, which he operated until the time of his death.

Bob was united in marriage to Elaine "Patty" Drewes September 27, 1986 in Detroit Lakes. He was active with the Snowfari Snowmobile Club and with the snowmobile races and truck pulling competitions in the area. He also enjoyed deer hunting.

Bob was a gentle, generous man, committed to his family and his work. He was an elder at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and was active on the building committee. He enjoyed and treasured the time with his grandchildren and was a wonderful husband and father.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine "Patty" Wiedewitsch of Callaway; children, Shane Wiedewitsch of Detroit Lakes, Dawn (Al) Sazama of Pelican Rapids, Scott Drewes of Detroit Lakes, Steven (Lynn) Drewes of Joplin, Mo., and Kimberly (Wayne) Nelson of Paynesville, Minn.; four grandchildren, Ivy Nelson, Lorissa Drewes, Joseph Nelson and Brianna Drewes; three brothers, Archie (Linda) of Detroit Lakes, Jack (Carol) of Detroit Lakes and Jim (Janet) of Perham; and a sister, Jane Wiedewitsch of Fargo; along with several nieces and nephews

His parents preceded him in death.

Memorials are preferred to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley. David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at