Robert Waterhouse -- Rochester

February 3, 2017

Robert Curran Waterhouse, 93, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

He was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Remer, Minn., to Edwin Clay and Mabel (Peterson) Waterhouse. He had one older sister and four younger brothers.

Bob graduated from Longville, Minn., High School, and soon after, enrolled in Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, to study electricity.

After WWII had begun, he enlisted in the army and served in the US Signal Corps in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. One of his main duties was to maintain power supplies and deliver them to outfits on the front lines. His only furlough in his years overseas came in August 1945, after peace was declared on the European front. At that point, he began his travel to the Japanese front, but the war was cut short and peace declared before he got stationed there.

In December 1945, he married Elaine Stedfeld, to whom he had been engaged since he enlisted. They lived for over a year in Minneapolis, while Bob continued his Dunwoody education. He was hired by IBM the summer of 1947. After three months of training, he and Elaine were located in Aurora, Ill. for nine years. Their three children were born in Aurora: Ann Marie, Beth Elaine and Tom Robert.

Throughout his 32-year career with IBM, he worked in the areas of customer engineering in Aurora and St. Paul and then transferred to Rochester, where he was employed in the departments of teaching, writing manuals, and management. He retired in May 1979.

His interests outside of IBM consisted of hunting, fishing, traveling, and raising and training dogs. He built two houses and a cabin. He also raised Arabian horses, breeding and selling them, as well as training them to ride and perform in shows. After retirement, he developed a business selling and repairing chainsaws in his lower level workshop in their home in Pine Island, located on a 40-acre parcel of land. About 30 acres provided land for alfalfa, which he raised, mowed, baled, and stored for the horses.

Needless to say, the chores and hard work, eventually presented more and more challenges, and Bob and Elaine, left the “farm” and moved to Fairway Ridge Senior Cooperative in Rochester in Oct. of 2004. There they enjoyed a more relaxed lifestyle and made many new friends. Bob moved to Cottagewood care facility in Feb. 2016.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine; his sister, Fern; and three brothers, Delbert, Grant and Edwin. He is survived by his children, Ann Marie of Lake Mills, Wis., Beth (Don Maronde) of Excelsior, Minn., and Tom (Melanie) of Wyoming; granddaughter, Rachel; and his brother, Charles.

A memorial for his life will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester.