Robert A. Sandstedt 1932-2012

Posted December 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Robert A. Sandstedt 1932-2012

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Robert A. Sandstedt, 80, of Highmore, S.D., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 as a result of post-polio syndrome and complications, at the Highmore Health, Highmore, S.D.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Luze Funeral Home, Highmore with the Rev. Canon David Hussey officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights.

Robert (Bob) Alan Sandstedt was born on April 28, 1932, in Omaha, Neb. to Carl L. and Anne (Straub) Sandstedt. He contracted polio at the age of 17. Bob graduated from Watertown High School in 1951. He attended South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He met Darlene Semmler at the University. They were married at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, Wash. on December 22, 1959. He became active in the church and served on the vestry. While in Aberdeen, Wash., he also became active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Police Reserves.

Bob worked as a design draftsman for several paper-machine manufacturing companies in the Pacific Northwest, (they manufactured machines for pulp and paper companies world-wide). In 1963, Bob and Darlene moved to Oregon where they purchased some tree-covered property. In 1968 Bob began working for the City of Portland as a design engineer/draftsman for the department of streets and structures.

After retiring in 1987 he turned his entire attentions to the property and to being a full-time timber farmer. This was a labor of love. He spent many hours working with the trees. Each spring he planted seedlings…up to 1,000 a year, until later when he had to reduce the number to 300 to 400. During this time he became involved in the “Small Woodland Owners” group and the local community-action land-use planning committee. He also resumed his interest in the church and served on the vestry and a term as senior warden.

In 2008, Bob and Darlene moved to Highmore, S.D. Throughout the years Bob took an avid interest in following the stock market, reading the daily newspaper, attending bluegrass festivals, and collecting miniature liquor bottles, beer steins, and leather-covered wine bottles. He enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives and occasional trips to the casinos. Bob had a tender spot in his heart for all the pets he ever owned.

He is survived by and will be remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Darlene of Highmore; step-sister, Coral (Joe) Bonneman of Brookings; sisters-in-law Jan Semmler of Ree Heights and Catherine (Earl) Siefken of Pierre; nephews, Chris Sandstedt of Rapid City and Matthew (Jennifer) Semmler of Ree Heights; nieces: Lee (Ron) Dawson of Des Moines, Iowa, Linda (Jack) Antolic of Milwaukee, Wis., April (Ryan) Lovrien of Sioux Falls, Wendy Semmler of Pierre and Wanda Semmler of Pierre; grandnephews, Cory Dawson and Thomas Semmler; grandnieces, Jennifer Peacher, Kelly Antolic, Emily Semmler and Reagan and Kinsey Lovrien; a host of cousins and friends: and his two beloved cats “Shadow” and “Tigger.”

He was preceded in death by his father: Carl Sandstedt; his mother, Anne (Straub-Sandstedt) Coffey; his step-father, Frank Coffey; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Jean Sandstedt; brothers-in-law, Newton Semmler and Lester Semmler; and grandnephew, James Sandstedt.

Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Robert’s arrangements. Visit

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