Obituary - Robert Lee Gomke
July 1, 2019
Robert Lee Gomke of Kremlin, age 72, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Northern Montana Hospital due to natural causes.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to the family; the funds will be used to plant a section of trees in Robert's honor at Beaver Creek Golf Course.
Holland and Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Please visit Robert's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at http://www.hollandbonine.com/.
Robert was born January 29, 1947, to Edward and Bertha (Fisher) Gomke in Havre, MT. He was raised and attended school through the eighth grade in Kremlin. Robert worked several jobs before hiring on with the railroad on March 12, 1970. He worked in maintenance of way and held several positions there over the years, finishing his career as a track inspector. In 1975 he was in a terrible work accident that should have left him dead, however, he made a full recovery and returned to work, putting in another 25 years with the BNSF. This electrical accident gave Robert a new lease on life, and he lived every day to the fullest afterwards.
June 18, 1983, Robert married Sharon Groseclose in Havre Montana. Although it did not appear that children were in the cards for Robert, against the odds he and Sharon welcomed two boys; Robbie on February 2, 1984, and Jerrad on November 21, 1985. Robert would often say that those two were his proudest achievement. When the boys bought the golf course in 2014, he could be found out on the course tending to the greens and visiting with the golfers. He loved helping the boys with farm work as well, especially if it included bottle feeding calves.
Robert was proud of his yard and garden. He painted landscapes in the style of Bob Ross and rarely missed an episode of his show. Robert enjoyed visiting with his old work buddies and would often catch up with them at "the office," aka the Tip-It. Solitaire was a favorite card game of his and he would play for hours on end. He also enjoyed watching old movies and westerns and listening to oldies music by Fats Domino, Elvis and The Statler Brothers, to name a few.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Norman, Stan, Agnes, Lorraine, James, Fritz and Reuben; mother- and father-in-law, Gerry and Delmar Wolfe; and nephews, Jason Groseclose, Wayne Gomke, Jamie Thole and Ricky Knudson.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sharon of Kremlin; sons, Robbie and Jerrad of Havre; siblings Mike (Linda), Shirley (Daryll) Hensley, Patsy (Jerry) Marleau and Clarence "Blackie" (Anna Mae); brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ron (Bev) Groseclose and Linda (Don) Dill; and many special nieces and nephews.