March 10, 2017
- 7:00 PM
March 10, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
March 11, 2017
- 1:00 PM
March 11, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Robert Francis Muscha, 85, of Fargo, ND, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, surrounded by family and close friends.
He was born on September 28, 1931, the son of Ferdinand and Mabel (Specht) in Harvey ND. He grew up in Harvey attending country school until eighth grade, then attending Harvey High School in town living with his grandparents. He graduated in 1949.
He worked on the family farm before entering active duty Army in 1953. After completing Officer Candidate School he was stationed in Germany. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 1963 with a degree in civil engineering. While company commander as a captain in the Army National Guard in Fargo, he needed Army Reserve nurses to give immunizations to his company. One of those nurses was Maj Carol Alvina Bowen, who he married on December 27, 1962. He remained in the ND Army National Guard until his retirement at the rank of colonel.
From 1958-1970 he worked at Robert J. Roberts Consulting Engineering as a survey crew chief, engineering technician, and project engineer. In 1970 he joined Houston Engineering as a design engineer and then in 1972 he became Vice President until his retirement in 1997. From 1997 to 2008, he worked part-time at Houston Engineering. Bob was a partner in HMJ Partnership, instrumental in the development and ownership of the EasTen Shopping Center in Moorhead, MN.
Bob was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, almost from the beginning of the parish. He and Carol were married in the school gym because the main part of the church had not yet been built. His stewardship spanned religious education teacher, parish council, spearheading fundraising drives, participating in That Man is You, and sponsoring his next-door neighbor through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.
Bob’s greatest joy was visiting his grandchildren with his wife Carol, attending their milestone events and sharing their many stories with friends. They also enjoyed attending Bison football games.
Bob was active in the Lions Club, the Reserve Officers Association, the Air Force Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He and Carol established an award for a Fargo AFJROTC cadet in memory of their son LCDR William Robert Muscha who was killed in a Navy aircraft accident in 2002.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol, Fargo; his daughter Diane (Scott) of Tampa, FL; and daughter-in-law Tamara of Pensacola, FL; eight grandchildren, Kyle Jones, Eric Jones, Emily (Jon) Smith, Andrew Muscha, Zachary Muscha, Molly Muscha, Riley Muscha, and Kara Muscha, and great-grandson, Greyson Smith; his sisters and brothers, Lois Martins, San Jose, CA; Sister Elizabeth Rose, Mandan, ND; Jean (Clem) Allmaras, New Rockford, ND; Patricia Sauter, Harvey, ND; Kenneth (Bonnie) Muscha, Harvey, ND; Betty Kiser, Fargo, ND; and Gerald (Betty) Muscha, Richardson, TX, and many nieces and nephews. His son, William Muscha and his brother Myron Muscha preceded him in death.
Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 12:00 P.M.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.