Bob passed away on September 18, 2017 at Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND at the age of 91.
Robert Alton Lorch was born on April 7, 1926 in Hillsboro, ND, the son of Albert and Henrietta (Stern) Lorch. He grew up in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1943. Bob was united in marriage to Janice Arneson on January 31, 1969 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Together they made their home on a farm near Hillsboro where they farmed and raised livestock. They also owned and operated Traill County Abstract Company from 1985 until 1999, and he worked maintaining Hillsboro Township roads. Bob was also very proud of having served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, where he worked as a carpenter.
Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed restoring antique tractors and gas engines, collecting toy tractors and antique tools, reading, working crossword puzzles, and taking day trips with his wife. He was a longtime member of the Hillsboro American Legion and VFW Club where he served as past commander, was a member of the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Reunion, served on the Hillsboro Township Board, and was active in the North Dakota 20th District Republican Party.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Wanda (John) Worrel of Wahpeton, ND; his grandson, Nathan Worrel; his sister, Gladys Odegaard of Cooperstown, ND; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; his parents, Albert and Henrietta Lorch; his sisters – Marie Fisher, Dorothy Wick, and Florence Brace; and his nephew, Edward Fisher.
Thank you to the staff of Meadowlark Lane in Luther Memorial Home and to Hospice of the Red River Valley for the care Bob received the past seven months.
GATHERING: 9-11 Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11:15 Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS: Provided by Hillsboro American Legion and VFW
RECEPTION: all are invited to the Hillsboro Vet’s Club for burgers following the burial service