INDIANOLA -- Robert "Bob" V. Buschkoetter, 70, died Saturday (April 19, 2003) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge.
He was born Nov. 30, 1932, at Lawrence, to Anton J. and Rose Mary (Blume) Buschkoetter. He attended Sacred Heart Parochial School in Lawrence.
He entered the U.S. Army in April of 1953, serving as a cook at Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Polk, La. He was honorably discharged in April of 1955.
On Oct. 5, 1954, he married Mildred Marie Witte at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Blue Hill. The family moved to the Indianola community in October of 1965 when they purchased the Rocket Inn. They later sold it in 1973, and he became the manager of the American Legion in McCook which eventually became Busch's Place. He also managed the McCook Eagles for two years and partnered with Bob Longnecker at the Lebanon Recreation and eventually became sole owner.
He was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters, and a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the American Legion, McCook Elks and McCook Eagles. He served as an Indianola Volunteer Firefighter and president of the Indianola Commercial Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Anton and Mary Buschkoetter; daughter, Beverly in 1992; one sister, Verena Buescher in 1984; and three brothers-in-law.
Survivors include his wife, Millie of Indianola; daughters, Darlene and husband, Steve Kehler of Grand Island and Deb and husband, Jerry Reitz of McCook; sons, Roger Buschkoetter of Indianola and Randy Buschkoetter and wife, Kim, of Kearney; sisters, Irene and husband, Roy Hoelting of Omaha, Sally Menke of Lawrence, Laveta Rempe of Hastings and Lucille and husband, Ray Rempe, of Hastings; brothers, Leonard Buschkoetter and wife, Rosie and Roy Buschkoetter and wife, Eileen, all of Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Indianola with the Rev. Nicholas Baker officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery at Indianola.
Rosary will be said tonight, 7 p.m. at Carpenter Funeral Home in Indianola.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Carpenter Funeral Home of Indianola is in charge of the arrangements.