More than 600 people are expected Tuesday to honor the lives of four people killed last week at a Mandan business.
The Rev. Jared Lee of Bismarck Community Church said family members are expecting a large turnout of family and friends for the memorial service for Robert Fakler, William and Lois Cobb and Adam Fuehrer.
The service is at 11 a.m. at Bismarck Community Church, 1617 Michigan Ave., Bismarck.
Fakler, 52, was co-owner of RJR Maintenance and Management, where William Cobb, 50, Lois Cobb, 45, and Fuehrer, 42, worked.
Family members chose to have a combined service for their loved ones because they were more than co-workers, they were close friends.
“They were a very tight-knit community there of co-workers,” Lee said.
The families have requested that no media attend the service.
Lee plans to post audio of his memorial service message on the Bismarck Community Church YouTube channel. Lee said, while the deaths affect the families more than anyone else, the tragedy has also affected the larger community.
“I want to address the obvious pain that the family is feeling as well as the pain and trauma that our whole community is feeling,” Lee said.
Morton County prosecutors on Friday charged Chad Trolon Isaak, 44, of Washburn, with four counts of felony murder in connection with the killings on April 1 at RJR. No motive is known.
Lee’s message during the service is titled “Tragedy, Justice and Hope.”
“In Bismarck-Mandan, obviously, this is quite an unusual event and so it’s difficult for people to kind of process that,” Lee said. “And we’re left asking questions, like ‘Where’s God in these sorts of things?’ Those are some of the important things I’d like to address.”
Chaplain David Johnson also is officiating.
Fakler, of Baldwin, was remembered in an obituary as an entrepreneur who loved adventure and had a passion for agriculture. Fakler’s survivors include his wife, Jackie, two children, his mother, three siblings and five grandchildren.
Fakler and his wife opened RJR in 2012 with a staff of three employees. His determination and work ethic grew the business to 33 employees, “all of whom he considered his close family,” the obituary read.
William and Lois Cobb, of Judson, were described in obituaries as soulmates who had just bought their dream home and planned to start a family farm. William Cobb, known for his love of Elvis Presley music, proposed to Lois on the steps of Graceland.
“They believed North Dakota to be the best adventure they went on; becoming co-workers and family to everyone at RJR,” the obituary read.
Their survivors include four children and three grandchildren. A GoFundMe account was established to help with funeral and travel expenses for the children and grandchildren. Contributions can be made at bit.ly/2OJNTGd.
Fuehrer, of Bismarck, worked for RJR for five years and was recognized as the keymaster, his obituary read. He loved working on cars, cooking, camping and fishing. His survivors include his wife, Melissa, and two sons. A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit Fuehrer’s sons. Contributions can be made at bit.ly/2InfhsK.
Visit www.eastgatefuneral.com to sign an online guestbook or share memories of the four co-workers.