One of the three original trailblazers at Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI), Robert “Bob” Muscha, 85, passed away while surrounded by family and close friends on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Bob meant many things to many people, but at HEI, he’s remembered for casting the foundation that led to HEI becoming the firm that people know today.
Bob joined the firm in 1970 as a design engineer, less than two years after George Houston founded the company. Just two years later, Bob and long-time partner Hank Tangsrud became the first Vice Presidents at HEI; Bob served in that role until his retirement 25 years later. During that time, he actively shaped the future of the company by mentoring younger staff and instilling strong values into the culture.
“Bob set the standard for hard work, customer service, business morals, and honesty, which continue to be principal values of HEI,” said Jeff LeDoux, President/CEO. “We simply would not be the company we are today without the guidance of Bob—something we should all be truly thankful for.”
HEI employee party in 1992. Bob is shown kneeling in the front second from the right alongside George Houston (third from right).
Image of Bob from a 1970's company brochure.