Robert Arthur 'Bob' Welvaert

Welvaert, Robert Arthur "Bob" Age 76 of Loretto, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020. He was born June 19, 1943 to Victor and Anne (Nuytten) Welvaert in Marshall, Minnesota. He graduated from Marshall Central Catholic High School in 1961, where he was an 4-year letterwinner and All-Conference football player, as well as a member of the school chorus. Upon graduation he moved to Minneapolis to attend the Minnesota School of Business for Accounting, and took a job with Northwestern National Life Insurance Company (NWNL). He moved up the ranks over a 40-year career, moving from the mail room, to the Underwriting department, and into management. He continued to earn promotions as the company was bought out several times, and he retired in 2003 as Senior Vice President of Underwriting. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict, serving on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in the air traffic control tower. Bob was very active in the community. He was a coach and umpire for youth baseball and softball, and also served as the Treasurer of the Loretto Athletic Association for many years. He was also active in St. Peter and Paul Church in Loretto, serving as Usher and helping with collections, and also singing in the church choir with Linda. He played softball for many years, was an avid golfer, and took great pride in keeping a beautiful yard. Bob was 2nd youngest of 9 children, 6 of which have now passed. He was a beloved brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by wife Linda, son Michael (Kimberly), and grandchildren Brady and Seth Welvaert, granddaughter Kara Kotilinek, and step-granddaughter Britney Kotilinek. He was preceded in death by daughter Melissa Kotilinek. A Mass of Christian Burial will be set at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions. Services will be at St. Peter and Paul Church in Loretto, with eventual interment at the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery. (763)-972-2891