Robert Norbert Bertke

December 7, 1945June 4, 2019

Robert Norbert (Bob) Bertke, born in Maria Stein, Ohio, passed away in Austin, Texas, on June 4, 2019. Bob was born to Alvin and Alvina Bertke on December 7, 1945. Following his graduation from Marion Local High School, Bob joined The United States Army where he proudly served his country for two years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1965. Bob returned to Columbus, OH where he attended The Ohio State University and concurrently began his career.

Bob married his wife of fifty years, Linda Wentzel, in 1968. Together they raised two sons, Robert and Steven and several Labrador Retrievers. He remained a loyal Buckeye fan his entire life, and enjoyed his Saturday afternoon football. He loved taking trips to tropical locations with his wife and searching for that lost shaker of salt. When his three grandchildren were born, you could find him sitting front row at their sporting or school events. Farming was in his blood, and he tended gardens large and small where ever he took his family. He was always quick with a ‘dad joke’ that showed he was having a good time and loved the people around him.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Alvina, siblings, Mary, Jeanette, Don and Tom. Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Linda; son Rob; son Steve and his wife Kim; grandchildren, Courtney, Katrena, and J.T.; faithful dog companion Cody, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to American Heart Association in Bob’s name.


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Terry Wright

June 16, 2019

Linda and boys,

Just read in today's Waco paper about Bob passing. Quite a ride in 1977-78 working with Bob at Neoterics. I think the last time we saw you two was at Richard Karr Buick/GMC in Waco, as we were both buying cars. Linda saw Bob later at the dealership as both were getting cars serviced, but we never connected to tell old war stories, or to really catch up.

From the Waco obit, Bob never lost his love for The Ohio State University. Before you moved down, one night, OSU bumper stickers appeared across the Baylor campus, don't know who were responsible for that...……..

If they still made it, I'd hoist a Stroh's beer in Bob honor.

Terry and Linda Wright