Robert E. “Bob” Schuetter, 73, of St. Anthony, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.
He was born January 15, 1947, in Jasper, to James J. and Mary (Lindauer) Schuetter. He married Patricia Hoffman on June 7, 1988, in Nevada.
He was a truck driver for 40 years, driving for Ferdinand Furniture, DMI, Kimball and E.H. Hamilton. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. With his fishing partner, Kenny Hoffman, he won many Jasper Bass Master’s Thursday night tourneys. They fished all across the country, from Texas to Florida, to Canada. His biggest bass was caught in Florida, weighing 14 lbs, 6 oz. He was a member of the German Ridge Cabin Group, Jasper Bass Masters, and the National Rifle Association, and Ferdinand Legion Post 124.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he served for six years during the Vietnam War. He was in the Navy Ceremonial Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He participated in the Inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson, and funeral ceremonies for President Herbert Hoover, General Douglas MacArthur, as well as over 600 funerals for service men and women.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Schuetter; two sons, James (Stacey) Schuetter of St. Anthony and Faron (Tammy) Schuetter of Ferdinand; one daughter, Gerry (Dean) Fleck of St. Anthony; two stepdaughters, Dawn (Chris) Tretter of Ferdinand, and Tracy (Dean) Oser of Santa Claus; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two step-great grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Schuetter and Dave (Cathy) Schuetter, both of Jasper; and one sister-in-law, Michelle Schuetter of Jasper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Larry (Butch) and James Schuetter; and sisters, Marla Kreilein, and Phyllis Schuetter in infancy.
Private graveside services for Robert E. Schuetter will be held in Saint Ferdinand Church Cemetery with Ferdinand Legion Post 124 conducting military graveside rites. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.becherfuneralhome.com.