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Robert "Bob" James Maag

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Cole Maag
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Daniel Maag
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Robert James Maag was born July 16, 1948 to Victor and Ruby (Ehresmann) Maag of Tripp, SD and passed away February 29, 2016 at the age of 67. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Tripp. Graduated from Tripp High School in 1967. Later attended SDSU graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in June, 1971.
Bob was an incredible vocalist and musician.  Bob’s first band was 'The Postmen' and he went on to perform in several bands which have all been inducted into the SD Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His voice was unlike any other, the girls swooned and the guys wanted to be him. He was the star of the stage and kept the audience memorized.
Bob married Carol Novak on September 15, 1979 at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Tripp, South Dakota resulting in two of his favorite accomplishments, Cole and Nick.
After a professional career in music with The Postmen, The Talismen, Priceless, Nickel Bag of Soul and Showcase, he returned from the road, purchased and operated the one and only Island Park in Milltown and Groveland Park in Tyndall. During this time he brought great talent to South Dakota.  The legendary Island Park flooded for the final time in 1984.
In March of 1985 he began working for the USDA as a loan service officer in Vermillion for the Farmers Home Administration. Bob worked in Winner, Burke and Miller before transferring to the State Office in Huron as a Farm Loan Specialist in May of 1991. After 27 years, 2 months and 22 days, he retired at the age of 63. He was respected by fellow loan officers at the county, state and on national levels.
After retirement, Bob his time compiling his career in music and sharing his story with the world. Bob worked with fellow musicians to create an appreciation for the history of South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association. Bob has been inducted into South Dakota Rock and Roll hall of fame six times and was anxiously awaiting the seventh in April.
Music was his passion. Music was his life.
Bob was an all-state athlete, a musician, a father, a son, a brother, a friend and a lover of Rock and Roll. Bob's sarcastic. quirky sense of humor was one of a kind and will certainly be missed.
Bob is survived by his two sons: Cole James Maag, Kendra McCall, Chloey Lucus and Diezel of Huron, SD. Nickolas Lee Maag and Alexandra Fanelli of Littleton, CO. His brothers Larry Maag of Tripp and daughter Sarah of Sioux Falls, Daniel L. Maag, his wife Lori (Meade) and their son, Mathew Maag of Lakewood, CO., sister MJ Knobe of Sioux Falls and her daughter Jennifer Jensen of Oklahoma City, OK.

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I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was my Supervisor when he worked for the FmHA in Miller. I enjoyed my 7 years of working with him and, appreciated his support after he transferred to the State Office. His family has my sympathy. Sincerely, Doris Schultz

Doris Schultz Mar 8 2016 12:29 PM

I am Bob's first cousin in Verona, Wisconsin. Gordy and I are sending our deepest sympathy to Bob's families. I have some great memories of making trips to South Dakota as we were growing up to visit both Maag families .I remember sitting around the kitchen table with everyone having conversation and laughter. It was always a joy to see the South Dakota families. Bob had an unbelievable talent in music , that will always be how I remember him. May all your memories of your Dad, brother and friend help comfort you during this difficult time. The we will keep you all in our prayers. Hugs to all from Wisconsin, Love, Gordy & Eileen Durand & family

Eileen (Maag) Durand Mar 6 2016 12:36 AM

My sympathy to Bob's family. Your dad was the best! He touched many hearts.

Ron Nelson Mar 4 2016 10:56 AM

Sending prayers and condolences to comfort the entire Maag family. May your everlasting memories of Bob comfort you today and always.

Allyn Brosz Mar 4 2016 9:43 AM

My respects to Bob and best regards to the entire Maag family. Milltown rocked! and you do too!

Tom Buehner Mar 4 2016 12:09 AM

My sincerest sympathy to Bob's family. I got to know Bob when I was a member of the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association board of directors. I loved his enthusiasm & passion for the music of the 50s & 60"s. I alway felt he was a great supporter of the SDRRMA. May you hold the special memories within your hearts.

Terry Tausz Mar 2 2016 11:44 PM