Robert “Bob” James Raemaeker long time New York Life Insurance Agent, family man and community supporter, passed away June 23, 2022, at the BenefisTeton Medical Center, Choteau.
Survivors include wife, Sharon R. Raemaeker of Choteau; son, Mike (Wendy) of Sacramento, CA; daughter, Christi Shortman (Marlon) of Shepherd, MT; grandson, Brady Shortman(Ryan) of Deer Lodge; granddaughter, Dallas Shortman (Kirra and family) of Billings; brothers, Ken(Sharon A.) of Whitefish, Jack(Karen) of Omaha, NE, and Will(Linda) of Soldotna, AL; sisters, Carol Broere(Larry) of Littleton, CO, Joy Schuster of Glentana, MT; Judy Lotspiech(Gene) of Lakewood, CO, and Cathy Vasboe of Morrison, CO; several nieces and nephews
He is preceded in death by parents, James & Bertha Raemaeker; sister, Joann; brother-in-law, Pete Schuster.
Bob was born July 5, 1936 at St.Mary’s Hospital in Conrad, MT. He graduated from Conrad High School in 1954. After High School Bob worked with E.L. McDonnell (mustard elevator) and Bill Newhouse Grain in Sunburst, MT. Bob married Sharon R. Guffin August 4, 1958. April 1, 1966 started with New York Life Insurance Company and August 1966 he and his family moved to Cut Bank. He loved his business so much he never wanted to accept the “retirement” idea, so he kept active supporting his clients through his retirement years.
Bob served in the Air National Guard for 6 years. He served on many community volunteer organizations from the fire and ambulance service in Sunburst, to the Cut Bank Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce and as well as his devotion to the Helena Diocese where he served as Vice President on the Pastoral Council. Bob always enjoyed helping others and giving back in many ways. His devotion to community was evident in his commitment to these wonderful organizations.
Bob loved his family, the work he did in the Church, his Life Insurance business and community service. He always credited the success of his business to the different secretaries having worked in his office. Most of all Bob enjoyed being a husband, Dad, Grandpa and friend. He loved doing things with his family and especially his two grandchildren, Brady & Dallas. Bob is eternally grateful for his son and daughter, Mike and Christi; their spouses Wendy and Marlon as well as Bob’s brothers, sisters, in laws and parents. Bob loved his wife Sharon. She was his best friend, his loving wife and the support that made their life so wonderful.
Vigil service will be Monday, June 27, at 7pm. Funeral mass will be Tuesday, June 28, at 11am. Both services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Choteau. The family invites all guests to the reception at the church following the burial. The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support.
Donations can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Youth Program.