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Robert Muscha

September 28, 1931 - March 07, 2017

Prayer Service - Friday

March 10, 2017
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

March 10, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Mass of Christian Burial - Saturday

March 11, 2017
- 1:00 PM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Saturday

March 11, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Robert Muscha

September 28, 1931 - March 07, 2017


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.


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14 responses to “Robert Muscha”

  1. The Nathaniel Karlins Family says:

    We miss you already Bob! You were the very best neighbor, friend, second-grandfather and you are loved!

  2. Duane G. Lorsung says:

    I never really got to know Robert well but did remember him from Houston Engr. and Mm Land Surveyors meetings. May his family be blessed for having him in life and I will remeber him with a memorial in his name . Thanks Duane L.

  3. Gale and Brenda Fraser says:

    There are certain people that cross your life and make you a better person. Bob is one of those people that became part of my fabric while working for him for the first ten years of my career while at Houston Engineering. Even to this day I share his wisdom with young engineers. Thanks Bob, you will be missed. Our condolences to your family.

  4. Bob Swenson says:

    Dear Carol,

    I’m so sorry to see that Bob passed away. I am in Arizona for the winter and will not be able to attend the funeral service. I have many fond memories of Bob and our many days and evenings doing the watershed work. I will always remember him and miss him.

  5. Tom Polkinghorn says:

    I was so saddened to hear about Bob. I knew him through various military organizations. He was a true gentleman who I was proud to call a friend. Carol, my prayers are with you and your family.

  6. George Houston says:

    Carol and family,

    Things won’t be the same without Bob around. He was a very good friend as well as a loyal, honest, fair and dedicated partner of mine on several ventures we were involved in for the past several years. Bob was a big player in making Houston Engineering grow from infancy to the prosperous firm it is today. I will miss Bob, I miss him already. May he rest in peace.

  7. Jim Boulger says:

    Carol and Family,
    Deepest sympathy to you and your family and all the Muscha family.
    Love and prayers,
    LaDonna (Liebe) Volochenko

  8. Kathy and Rob Grasse says:

    Bob Muscha–a man of integrity, dedicated to his family, especially to Carol, and intent on building up other people and improving the world around him. Bob and Carol raised two children into ethical, hard-working, highly effective leaders, and more importantly, genuine and loyal friends. His examples of leadership, hard work, commitment, thoughtful intelligence, and deep faith leave a long-lasting legacy, well beyond Fargo, across the Air Force, the Navy, and Boy Scouts. Thanks for “adopting” another USAF daughter & family. You are deeply missed!

  9. Katherine Tweed says:

    Lion Bob — we will miss you. I appreciated your kind comments through the years and the thoughtfulness you brought to serving through Lions. You have always been a valuable member at Fargo Lions. It was a special joy to have you bring Lion Carol into the club. Thank you for your love for family, God and country. There will always be a chair waiting for you.
    Agape, Lion Katherine

  10. Robert and Kathy Littlefield says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Carol and family at this sad time. Kathy and I will always remember Lion Bob and his commitment to serving the community through Lions and the other organizations he supported. He will be remembered. We are sorry that we cannot be with you but will be thinking of you today and in the future.

  11. Malcolm Pippin says:

    Carol and Family: My deepest condolences regarding your loss of Bob. He was just one of the kindest men I have ever known. God Bless, Malcolm Pippin

  12. Leone Heller says:

    Our deepest condolences to all of you… Bob was a great man. May he rest in peace…Sincerely, Leone (Pippin) Heller

  13. Will & Carolyn Wright says:

    Dear Carol and Family,
    We extend our deepest sympathy to you in your loss of Bob. He was a truly great man and I am proud to have known him. I first got to know Bob when my family and I moved to Fargo in 1981. I served as his tax advisor from that time forward until I retired. We became good friends. We had a mutual connection, having both served in the military. Also we each had a son that attended a military academy (although your son attended the Naval Academy and our son went to West Point). We joked about that at the time of the Army-Navy game each year.
    Bob will be truly missed. May the good memories carry you through the sad times.
    Will & Carolyn Wright

  14. Jim and Cathy De Furio and family says:

    Dear Diane and family,
    We send our condolences for your loss. In reading about Bob, we can see what a wonderful man he was and how he passed along to his children his many virtues. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow and may the angels lead Bob into Paradise.

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