Seedsmen Hall of Fame
Honoring Horticulturalists

Robert Henry Lobitz
"Beans are a poor man's jewels."

Robert Henry Lobitz, 64, of Paynesville (Minnesota), died on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 2006, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Heather Klason will officiate. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Bob was born on Nov. 20, 1941, in Paynesville, the son of Henry Roy and Evalyn Esther (Wagner) Lobitz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Grace Methodist Church in Paynesville.

He grew up in Paynesville where he attended Paynesville Elementary and High School, graduating in 1960. He currently lived in Paynesville where he farmed.

He was a member of Grace Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Bob was a member of the Seed Savers Exchange. He had a great love of horticulture and through the years had developed many of his own varieties.

Bob is survived by his father, Henry of Paynesville; three sisters, Shirley (Jannard) Knutson of Sartell, Elaine (Howard) Kaibel of Richfield, and Linda Jones of St. Cloud; a brother, James Lobitz of Eagan; one nephew and one niece; and four great-nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his mother Evalyn.

Obituary Source:

Partial List of Varieties Introduced:

  • Alice Sunshine bush snap bean

  • Koronis Purple bush dry bean

  • Long Lake Giant bush snap bean

  • Purple Dove bush snap bean

  • Purple Rain bush bean

  • Purple Rose bush snap bean

  • Red Swan bush snap bean

  • Robert's Royalty bush bean

  • Rose Creek bush snap bean

  • Aoyu soybean

  • Jewel soybean

  • Cranberry Red (aka All-Red) potato (1984)


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