Berte, Robert J.

RAPID CITY | Robert “Bob” J. Berte, 75, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Kirk Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon. Interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Bob was born on March 15, 1942, to Neil J. and Sylvia (Fratz) Berte in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated college with a Chemical Engineering degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. In 1977 he left active duty and began work as an engineer with Thiokol Corporation which had the NASA contract to build the Solid Rocket Motors for the Space Shuttle.

From 2003 through 2011, Bob volunteered with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in patrol.

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He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Lu (Gines) Berte; four step-daughters; niece and nephews; and his grand and great-grandchildren.

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