Bob was born November 15 1949 in Duluth, Minn. to Robert and Anna Viergutz and was raised in Clover Valley. He attended school at Clover Valley High School. After school, Bob worked at Peerless Auto Body.
In May of 1971 he married his first wife Lynnette Martinsen and helped raise her daughter Nichole. In September of that year they welcomed Bob's first daughter Carmen who he called "Daddy's little girl". Two years later they welcomed Anna into the world, who is named after his mom. The marriage didn't last.
Later Bob married Laurie McGowan, who had two children from a previous marriage, Aaron and Alison. In December of 1977, they welcomed a third child, Robert Viergutz III. They moved from Minnesota to Alaska and found the weather harsher than Minnesota. On their return trip to Minnesota they found themselves in Thompson Falls, with a much milder climate, and decided to stay. They built a cabin on Blue Slide Road where they later divorced. Bob also owned and worked at Thompson Falls Body shop.
In 1991, Bob welcomed his first grandchild into the world, Carmen's daughter, Rosalynn, who instantly stole his heart. A string of other grandchildren followed. Then in June of 1999 Bob met and married his last and greatest love, Debi Allen, a US Navy retired welder and diver. In July of 2013 Rosalynn gave birth to Alison Rose the first great-granddaughter. Every time she would come to visit he would stop everything and give her his full attention.
Bod and Debi’s shared interests and passions led them to raise Buffalo. Thunder and Lighting, raised from babies, were the delight of family and friends as they were trained to come when called and almost beg for treats from family, friends and astonished visitors meeting these 3000 lb "pets" for the first time. Bob and Debi's love of animals and motorcycles were combined when they hosted their "Buffalo Bashes" with friends and family attending from near and far and all looking forward to enjoying Bob's love of a good party and drinking. He also loved antiques and classic vehicles.
Through the years Bob loved working on cars and did so most of his life, but his real passion was motorcycles. He couldn't wait till spring would hit and he would be out on the road with his friends on his Indian motorcycle. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He acted and did what he wanted to and he did not give a care about what anybody thought. It never even entered his mind. He was carefree and lived in the moment. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone out. Bob was never a quitter, he never quit, he just ran out of time.
He leaves behind his wife Debi; cats, Smoke and Cinder; dogs, Bandit and Izzy; and six large goldfish and a chicken or two; daughters, Carmen (John) Sheehan of Paradise, Anna (Jose) Gonzalez of Hibbing, Minn.; son, Robert (Tabitha) of Libby; step-daughter, Nichole Robnick of Forest Lake, Minn.; step-son, Aaron Kampf; brother, Wesley (Barb) of Duluth, Minn.; sisters, Carol Scholar of Two Harbors, Minn., Theresa Maki of Orlando, Fla., Gwen (Ken) Thomas of Buckeye, Ariz.; grandchildren, Rosalynn, Cody, JJ, Hunter, Selena, Shaelyn, Reed and Raecyn, Morgan, Tucker, Elle and great-granddaughter Alison Rose along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. And countless buddies, and lifelong friends, especially his "brother" Robert O'Neill. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Bob is preceeded in death by his mother, father, Robert, sister Rosie, daughter Alison and his beloved dog Taz.
Bob's family are planning a memorial party in his honor Saturday, May 24 at Bob and Debi's property at 20 Buffalo Meadows Lane, located on Blue Slide Road in Thompson Falls. Everyone who knew him is welcomed to attend. Come join in sending Crazy Bob off in style. If you have any questions, call Debi Allen at (406) 827-4207 or (406) 396-4989