Robert "Bob" Boots
Robert "Bob" Boots
Robert (Bob) Boots, 82, passed away February 24, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Bob was born September 20, 1934 on the family farm to Henry J. and Minnie (Heidebrink) Boots. He attended country school through the eighth grade. He enlisted in the United States Army in November 1954 and trained at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a paratrooper in the 114th Airborne Division and was a sergeant stationed in Gablingen, Germany. Following his discharge from the Army in October 1957, he returned to Worthington and in March 1958 he began working for "Red" Heintz at Red's North Star Truck Stop. On April 1, 1964 Bob purchased the truck stop and the name was changed to Bob's Truck Stop. In 1983 Bob took over operation of The Windmill Cafe next door to the truck stop. He retired from the gas business in July 1997 but continued to operate The Windmill Cafe until March 1999, at which time Bob completely retired. Over the years the truck stop changed brands several times including North Star, Skelly, Getty, and Texaco. Some highlights of the businesses included visits by George Lindsey (Goober) to the truck stop and Governor Jesse Ventura eating breakfast at the cafe. Bob was involved in several businesses in Worthington including A & B Apco and The Pop Shoppe, Texaco Food Mart, and the Worthington Truck Plaza.
On September 27, 1959, Bob married Verla Attig in Sibley, Iowa. Together they made their home in Worthington where they raised their three daughters and celebrated 49 years of marriage. Bob continued to live in Worthington until he entered Good Sam nursing home in April 2012.
After retirement, Bob and Verla traveled extensively from the east coast to the west coast, visiting family and friends, with stops at quilt shops and casinos along the way. One of Bob's hobbies was fishing which took him to many remote areas of Canada with family and friends. Bob also enjoyed attending tractor auctions and had a small collection of tractors.
Bob was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Worthington Chamber of Commerce and the Masonic Lodge in Worthington. He served the community as a board member of Community First Bank and several committees at church. He was a supporter of Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.
Bob is survived by his three daughters, Lori (Paul) Dyke and their children Matt and Sarah of Hartford, SD; Shelly (Richard) St. Germain of Sidney, MT; and Amy (Scott) Loveless and their children Katie, Josh, and Emma of Lakeville, MN, the son he never had David Holmberg of Burnsville, MN; three brothers, Daryl Boots of Rushmore, MN; Marlyn (Helen) Boots of Worthington, MN; and Russell (Cheryl) of Phoenix, AZ; three sisters, Ida (Henry) Luitjens of Worthington; MN; Rose (Willis) Homan of Adrian, MN; and Suzanne (Mike) Loss of Brainerd, MN; brother-in-law Daryl (Shirley) Attig of Hurricane, UT; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Verla (2009), parents Henry J. and Minnie Boots, his sister Agnes Boots, and his mother and father-in-law Gladys and Charles LaCour.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN with Pastor Galen Smith officiating. Military Honors and lunch will follow ceremony. Burial will be held at Sibley Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.