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Robert D. Van Vleet


Robert D. Van Vleet, age 87, of Sidney, NE passed away in Bridgeport, NE on Saturday, April 30 2022.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

You may view Bob’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Bob’s care and funeral arrangements.

Bob was born in Redfield SD to Robert and Emma Van Vleet and was raised on the family farm along with his siblings, Laura, Clifford,Dolores, Donny and Charles.

In 1955 Bob married Vera Stoltz and to this union 5 children were born. They eventually settled in Sidney NE.

Bob was proud to serve in the Air Force and on the Sidney City Council as a councilman and as Mayor. He was especially proud of his work on the Legion Park War Memorial.

A brilliant quick mind led Bob down an extraordinary path that included owning and operating many varied businesses and securing 7 US patents for products that are still being manufactured in Sidney today.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and business partner of 59 years Vera, brothers Clifford and Donald, sisters Laura Johnson and Dolores Becker, son-in-law Gordon Carey, niece Sharol Johnson and nephews Steve Van Vleet and David Van Vleet.

He is survived by his brother Charles and wife Marge Van Vleet, sister in law Marilyn Van Vleet, brother-in-law Leo Stoltz and wife Linda, his children, Sam, Rob and wife Carolyn, Dan and wife Lori, Kelly Carey, and Stacy Beeken and husband Keven, grand children, Nikki and husband Jake, Robbie Van Vleet and wife Elizabeth, Chuck Van Vleet, Ben Carey, Kate Norris and husband Josh, Franki Beeken and Emma Beeken, great grandchildren, Genson, Carson and Madison Carey and Charlie Jo Van Vleet and numerous nieces and nephews.


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