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Robert I. Schliep 96, of Libby

by The Western News
| February 5, 2012 4:00 AM

Robert Irwin Schliep, 96, passed away from

natural causes at his home, Monday, Jan. 30,


He was born on Aug. 10, 1915 at Swift County,

Minn., on the old homestead, to Herman and Louise (Willie)


He grew up in Minnesota, worked on the farm and

graduated 8th grade.

At the age of 19, with $5 in his pocket, he

headed to Opheim, Mont. 

There he lived with his aunt and uncle, he

returned to high school, and graduated at the age of


He took four years of high school in three


While at Opheim High School, he met his future

wife, Rose Novacek. 

After graduation, he went to Butte, Mont., and

worked in the copper mine. 

From there, he went back to the farm for one


Afterward, he headed to California for four


There he had his own car-wash


In 1940, he went to Alaska to work in the gold

mines for one year.

He then returned to California and worked in

the shipyards during the war. 

While in California, Rose came through on the


They went to Reno, Nev., and were married July

15, 1942. 

They made their home in Oakland, Calif., for

eight years.

While there, they had four daughters: Karen,

Sharon, Corliss and Connie. 

In 1950, the family moved to Stevens County,

near Hancock, Minn., and lived on a dairy farm for 13


In 1964, the family moved to Libby, Mont., and

opened the Mother-Daughter Beauty Salon. 

Bob went to work for Bob Fritz at the Conoco

gas station. 

Later he worked at Valley Motors for Bill

Armstrong until he retired at the age of 85. 

Bob and Rose spent 28 years “wintering” in

Arizona during the time at Valley Motors.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Rose;

his parents; his brother Elmer Schliep and sister Esther


Bob is survived by his daughters Karen Albu and

husband, John, of Alexandria, Minn.; Sharon Tayler of Montana;

Corliss Nelson of Libby, Mont.; Connie Thomson and husband, Collin,

of Libby, Mont.; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, and

seven great-great-grandchildren. 

He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed

by many.

Services for Bob will be at 1 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 4, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1017 Montana Ave. in


Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday,

Feb. 3, 2012 at Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home, 422 W. 2nd

St in Libby, Mont.