Robert Tietz, 77, Albert Lea

Published 10:00 am Monday, October 31, 2011

The funeral service for Robert “Bob” Tietz will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service Chapel, Albert Lea. The Rev. Richard Spande will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea veteran’s organizations. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.


Robert died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society. He was 77.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1934, in Clayton, Iowa, the son of George and Margarette (McGill) Frye. His father, George, died when he was 39, and in 1940, Robert was adopted by Arthur and Gertrude Tietz of Lakota, Iowa.

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He enlisted in the United States Marines on Dec. 28, 1952, receiving his honorable discharge in December of 1954. He had served as a coach on the rifle range while serving in the Marine Corp and was nicknamed “Robin Hood” because he was such an excellent marksmen. Bob was united in marriage to Patricia Jean LaMont on Jan. 20, 1952, in Lakota, Iowa. Following his return from the service, Bob worked for HR Lovall Gravel in Winnebago, Queens Stove for a short time and then returned to HR Lovall Gravel. He later worked for Streater as an over-the-road trucker, retiring after 34 years. Bob enjoyed waterskiing, baseball, boxing, football, traveling on his Harley and catching fish on Fountain Lake. He also enjoyed playing pool, cribbage and poker.

He is survived by his children: Bonnie (Daniel) Anderson of Albert Lea, Sharon Bolinger of Albert Lea, Cathy (Richard) Martinez of Loveland, Colo., and Danny Tietz of Albert Lea; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: brother, Ted (Janice) Grell of Gas City, Ind.; sister, LaDonna (James) Specht, of Cherokee, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia J. Tietz; daughter, Connie; infant son, Robert; parents: George and Margarete Frye; adoptive parents: Arthur and Gertrude Tietz; brothers: Jim Grell and Paul Bauer; special friend, Kathleen Thofson.