Robert "Bob" W. Arehart, 60, went to be with Jesus Monday, January 10, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. He was born June 24, 1950 at Holdrege to Glen and Margaret (Quinn) Arehart, the 8th of 9 children. As a young boy he attended Bertrand High School and graduated with the Class of 1968. He furthered his education at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in education graduating in 1972. Bob taught and coached wrestling for two years at Willow Lake, S.D. and later taught biology and coached wrestling at Friend High School for 36 years before retiring in 2010. In the summer months, Bob operated "Home Crafts and Care" lawn service in Friend.
Bob and Jana were united in marriage on June 8, 1974 and to this union a son, Christopher, and five daughters, Lindsay, Shauna, Brandi, Ashley and Monica were born. Together they made their home in Friend where Bob played many roles and touched many lives. He supported the Friend High School by being a mentor to many students, especially his wrestling teams. He always had a camera around his neck and captured many precious moments. His family was important and he was very proud of his grandkids.
Robert attended the Friend and Crete Berean Churches, and was actively involved in FCA and Men's Bible Studies. He also helped with the AWANA program and taught Sunday School.
He is survived by his wife, Jana Arehart, Friend; children and spouses and their children, Christopher and Erica Arehart, Drew, Mallory and Cooper, all of Lincoln; Lindsay and Rickey Washington, Julia and Ariah, all of San Diego; Brandi and Jeremy Jourdon, Garrett, Hayden and Myles, all of Lincoln; Ashley and Ricky Washburn, Carson and Tynli, all of Hastings; Monica and Efrem Jones Jr, MaLiaya and BriLiegh, all of Lonoke, Ark.; sisters, Donna Jauken, Holdrege, Darlene Smith, Lawton, Okla., Linda and Herb Hutcheson, Lincoln; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Kathy Arehart, Lincoln; mother-in-law and spouse, Evelyn and Stan Duckworth, North Platte; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack and LuAnn Bowen, Jim Bowen, all of Bertrand, John and Darla Bowen, Phoenix; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Julie and Jim Walston, Ridgecrest, Calif.; many nephews, nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shauna; parents; infant sister, Margaret Ann Arehart; sister, Marie Wissmann; brothers, Dean and Eldon Arehart.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 14, 2011 at Friend High School Gymnasium with Pastor Gregg Madsen officiating. Interment will be in the Freewater Cemetery, rural Wilcox, Neb. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1-9 pm with family greeting relatives and friends from 6-8 pm and one hour prior to service at the school. Memorials requested, in lieu of flowers, to Friend Rescue Squad, Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Friend Li'l Dawg Wrestling. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend. Condolences may be sent to the family at laubermoore.com.