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Robert "Bob" Nowatzki

Robert (Bob) Edward Nowatzki, 75, Langdon, ND, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Bob died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes at home at his farm. Bob was born on March 31, 1942 at Langdon to Joseph and Eva (Pelletier) Nowatzki. Bob’s father died in 1951, and his mother later married Martin Hell.

Bob greatly enjoyed growing up on the farm with his siblings where he lived most of his life. Bob attended rural school through the eighth grade. He attended the agricultural school in Park River, ND, for the first two years of high school and graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in 1960. He enlisted in the United States Army after high school and served for three years, including one year in Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1963. He attended North Dakota State University and graduated in 1967 with a BS degree in agricultural economics. In 1969 he married Kay Saima in Fargo. Bob worked for North Dakota State University from 1967 until 1979, first for two years at the NDSU research center at Carrington and then as superintendent of the Langdon Research Center for 10 years. He farmed from 1979 to his retirement in 1995. He continued to operate a fruit and vegetable truck farm until his death. Bob served in the ND House of Representatives from 1982 to 1992 and 1999-2000. He was a charter member of the Manitoba North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association. In 1994, Bob was a member of a US delegation to Belarus to provide agronomic expertise on the production of industrial oilseed crops on farmland impacted by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, and visiting with friends and neighbors at the local restaurants. In his later years, he was well-known for his U-Pick Juneberries and appreciated visiting with people who came from around the state to pick. He was an active member of the Mt. Carmel and St. Alphonsus Catholic Churches and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Langdon American Legion Veterans Organization.

Bob is survived by his children: Tim Nowatzki of Granger, IA, Tom Nowatzki of Bottineau, ND, Debbie (David Johnson) Nowatzki of Bismarck, ND, and David Nowatzki of Langdon; grandchild Matthew Johnson of Bismarck; sisters Margaret Straub of Kansas City, MO and Cathy (Matt) Linzbach of Brainerd, MN; brother John (Jan) Nowatzki of Fargo; and sister-in-law Aileen Nowatzki of Northridge, CA. Preceding him in death were his parents, step-father, brother James Nowatzki, and brother-in-law Wilfred Straub.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:45 p.m. Rosary and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon. Burial will be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, ND following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Heritage Society, 923 17th Ave, Langdon, ND 58249.

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My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. I will always remember how he made it possible to go to my sons and son in laws and Dougs, graduation from basic training in Ft. Leonardwood. I will always remember the standing joke of My Three Sons.

Kathy (Gapp) Iverson Aug 24 2017 12:00 AM

Please accept my condolences. During my career, I was a professor in Plant Science, University of Manitoba. As a weed scientist, I began research into zero tillage crop production in 1969, since the primary benefit of of tillage was to kill the weeds at seeding time. It was in the mid 1970's that I first met Bob. He had heard about what was happening in Manitoba and brought some innovative farmers to attend some meeting we were conducting on zero tillage crop production. These casual meetings led to what became the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Till Farmers Association, in which Bob and I played a key roles. I am currently writing a blog on my memories of adoption of zero tillage in Manitoba and North Dakota and this morning was searching the internet to find Bob to discuss our shared experiences, only to find that he had passed away last month. I dearly would have loved to talk with Bob one more time, may his soul rest in peace.

Elmer Stobbe Aug 20 2017 12:00 AM

I had not seen the obituary for Bob. He was a dedicated Democratic-NPL legislator. Bob served in Appropriations with me when we would win many votes on budgets. A 'we stick, we'll win' kind of guy. I never talked to Bob when he wasn't promoting agriculture, from farmers and ranchers to smaller direct sale operations like his Juneberry project. Always a gentleman, Bob placed others ahead of himself. He was a very good man. I'll mis our visits.

Scott Stofferahn Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM

Prayers are with you and your family as you mourn Bob's death.

Brandee Hoyt Aug 3 2017 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Just returned from Norway trip last night so were unable to attend the services. Bob and I always were best pals when I would come to the farm as a child. All of our thought and prayers are with you! We are sending a memorial to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Heritage Society Love, Don and Barb

Donald Brandt and Barb Aug 3 2017 12:00 AM

May your father Rest In Peace. May our Lord wrap his arms around each of you and comfort you. Remember how much he loved each of you in the days ahead. I love you all so very much.

Kay Phelan Aug 2 2017 12:00 AM

Our condolences. Bob and I served in the 1999 session. We were seat mates. Ruth and I always enjoyed our visits with Bob

Bob and Ruth Stefonowicz Aug 1 2017 12:00 AM

To Bob's Family, So sorry to hear about your dad. He was a good friend and confidant over the years . We always enjoyed visiting about agriculture and NDSU. Bob went to be Director at Langdon when I went to Hettinger and we always had that relationship in common. He will be missed by many of us that have strong roots in North Dakota agriculture. Prayers are with you all.

Timothy Faller Aug 1 2017 12:00 AM

Our hearts go out to all of you. Bob was a good man with a kind and caring heart and he raised a loving family. Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jim and Julie Deis Aug 1 2017 12:00 AM

Bob was community minded to the core and an Ag enthusiast in every sense of the word. He had an active intellect and was always thinking. I enjoyed serving with him in the legislature where he was Vice Chairman of House Judiciary as a newly elected member. We had decades of friendly association thereafter and I am always enjoyed his friendship. RIP, Bob.

Earl Pomeroy Aug 1 2017 12:00 AM

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