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Robert “Bob” Theis, age 84, of Carrington, ND, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at Sanford Health of Bismarck, ND, with family by his side.

Robert Romel Francis Theis was born on November 21, 1937 to Romel and Pat (Piatz) Theis. He grew up and attended school in Carrington, ND, where he graduated from high school in 1955.

Bob joined the service after high school and upon return, he met, and later married, Marlene Bauer on February 19, 1966. They made their home on a farmstead just outside of Carrington. Together they had five children: Jeanne (Royd) Unruh, Mary Beth Schuchard, RJ (Karla) Theis, Suzy (Stacy) Fitterer and Sara Berger.

Bob was a man of many trades and talents. He was a professional welder. A couple of his proudest and favorite jobs were his work on the large grain tents at the original Cargill elevator in Carrington and Jamestown as well as stretching trucks and putting grain boxes on them. He farmed and ran aerial and ground agricultural application businesses, Carrington Air Service and Bob’s Ag Service. Bob also owned and managed the Montgomery Ward store for a time in Carrington.

Bob, along with his brother Ron, owned and operated an automotive dealership in Carrington. In his later years, he also worked at Bremer Insurance and then at Erickson Implement.

Upon his retirement, Bob still loved to “tinker” and spent countless hours in his shop on the farm. Bob will be remembered for all his creations made in his shop, especially “the bug”. We will forever hear him say “It runs like a Swiss watch” and “It purrs like a kitten”.

Some of Bob’s favorite things to do were deer hunting and the sausage making that followed, which, is where his “secret” recipe was created. It was a different “secret” every time he made it. He enjoyed spending time camping at Sakakawea State Park on Lake Sakakawea and later at his cabin at Juanita Lake.

Bob was always willing to help anyone. Taking care of his family was most important to him. He spent countless hours walking the floors with the “little ones”. Sometimes one in each arm. He spoiled his grandchildren with treats when their mom and dad weren’t around.

Bob is survived by his children: Jeanne, RJ, Suzy, and Sara; his grandchildren: Jaydee, Jackson, Jesse, Colton, Morgan, Jacob, Nick, Abby, Maddy, Wyatt, Brooke and Dylan; his great-grandchildren: Chaxton, Elizabeth and Parker; his brother Ron (Karen) Theis, and his sister, Peg (Bob) Clifton.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Beth Schuchard; parents, Romel and Pat Theis and an infant brother, Richard.


Bob’s Visitation will be Tuesday, from 1:00PM-7:00PM with a Rosary Service at 6:45PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington.

His Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.


Posted Condolences:


  1. Jeanne,
    So sorry. Losing your mom and dad in such a short period of time is a terrible blow. My prayers are with you.

  2. Jeanne and family.. Deepest Sympathy. My heart goes out to you with losing both parents in so short of time. Cherish all of the memories. Prayers.

  3. Thoughts and prayers to all. Robert was a very special man. We will never forget the lake fun. He was always doing one prank after another. He was always there for everyone. He is now at peace. (((((Hugs)))) to all.

  4. Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
    He was a great guy and we used sit at their dealership and shoot the breeze. His humor had us laughing most of the time.
    Seemed like there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or make, once he put his mind to it.
    He will be missed that is for sure.
    May our Dear Lord bless him and all of his family!

  5. So sorry to hear this. You just lost your mother and now your Dad. Such a great loss for your family.

  6. Thoughts and prayers to all of the family at this sad time. Bob made me laugh a lot when I was young-RIP Bob.

  7. Although it has been many years, he made a great impression on my young life. Sorry to learn of your loss.

  8. Jeanne and Royd, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I have many fond memories of him! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  10. Bruce and I were saddened to learn about Bob’s illness and passing.

    We were heartened to hear the priest’s homily, which was a wonderful tribute to Bob.

    Everyone should have someone in their family like Bob!


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