Nov. 10, 1951 – Jun. 17, 2022
Robert (Bob) Doyscher, 70, formerly of Marshall, died suddenly on Friday, June 17, 2022.
There remains to be cherished his memory his wife Lia, his stepchildren Lilli, Beth and Ana, his brothers Tom (Cindy), Mark (Becky), Dan (Rhonda) and Pat (Charon), his sisters Ann Doyscher-Domres (Wade ) and Mary, her cat Elsie, and many nieces, nephews and friends around the world.
Bobby has probably told the same stories a thousand times, but his life story remains the most interesting.
Robert Matthew Doyscher was born at Halloran Hospital in Jackson, MN on November 10, 1951, the first child of seven children of Richard and Margaret Doyscher, the first grandchild of William and Margaret (Coryell) Doyscher and George and Mary (Petrich ) Hassing. His early years were spent on the 40-acre farm in Middletown Township, Jackson County.
He was drawn to mechanics from an early age. Taking a screwdriver, he removed a leg from one of Grandma Bill’s end tables when she was four years old. Still the apple of Grandma’s eye, she wasn’t upset at all. He liked to tell how Grandpa George had let him drive the grain truck when he was seven or eight years old. With blocks on the pedals, he had to drive the truck down the road to our parents’ house, with his younger brother Tom as a passenger. He shortened the turn and ended up in the ditch.
The family moved to St. Paul, Tracy, then settled in Marshall, MN in February 1962. Bob attended three different high schools – first and second years at Central Catholic (which he considered his favorite time in school). ‘school), freshman year at St. John’s Prep in Collegeville and senior year at the newly built Marshall Senior High, from which he graduated in 1970. Bob proudly noted that the only way he was allowed to participate in drills beginning was to promise principal Stan Kroon that he would. t organize a demonstration during the ceremony.
Bob’s fight against injustice started early. As a child, when his mother told him to calm down and go to sleep, he told his siblings that because he was the eldest, he “had the RIGHT to speak.” Armed with a deep sense of social justice rooted in his Catholic upbringing, Bob protested the Vietnam War. He was enlisted but refused on moral grounds to participate – a decision he paid dearly for.
His formal education after high school led him to art studies at Southwest State at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and, later in life, a degree in gunsmithing from Pine Technical College in Pine City, MN. He could do almost anything. In fact, if someone told him it was impossible, he would do it anyway. In fact, he was once told that he could probably make a rocket to the moon out of plywood, duct tape, and matches.
Much of his ability was due to his incredible mind.
Once Bob became interested in a subject, he went all out. Examples include wooden boat building, amateur radio, bird watching, fly fishing, kite building, vintage bicycles, his Slovenian ancestry, saving for vintage Pyrex – the list is long. He was an expert on countless topics, and if you asked him a question, he would often give you more than you bargained for. If you are looking for the phrase “the gift of chatter,” Bob’s photo should be next. He could talk to anyone about just about anything, and he never hesitated to correct you if you were wrong. (Just ask anyone who’s tried to tie a boat to a dock. His knowledge of knots knew no bounds.) He mellowed with age, but his willingness to impart knowledge never did. .
He was happiest when he was creating. He was a talented artist, photographer and draftsman. He was a boat builder and sailor, custom fishing rod builder, gunsmith, race car mechanic, skilled finish carpenter, electrician and plumber. He has remodeled projects for countless people and was even the general contractor when his brother Danny built his dream home, Deacon’s Lodge, in Lake County, SD.
Bob married the love of his life, Lia Leirfallom Ash, in 1989. Bob was stepfather to Lia’s three daughters, whom he taught to drive a shifter and operate power tools. He was so proud of them for their fierce independence. Bob loved to tell stories of how the girls helped build their own house in Pepin, WI by hanging drywall like the pros.
It was during their stay in Pépin that Bob, out of sheer boredom, overcame the demons of alcohol and cigarettes in order to regain a healthy life.
Bob and Lia most recently lived in Lake City, MN, where Bob enjoyed camping, boating, golfing, taking pictures of the weather on Lake Pepin, and promoting the growth of clover and other pollinator-friendly plants in his garden.
After learning of Bob’s passing, his sister Mary said: “A world without Bob will be much calmer.” His friend Jerry added, “And much less interesting.”
A memorial for Bob where all are invited to share stories will be held Saturday, August 6 at Hok-Si-La City Park in Lake City, MN from noon to 5 p.m. Please bring a lawn chair.