Robert graduated from Osceola High School in 1945 and entered the Army where he served as a Company Clerk in Germany during World War II. Upon leaving the military in 1947 he met and married Orma Louise Grimm. They were married November 14, 1947, in Osceola, Iowa, and spent 62 happy years together before her death in 2010. They were blessed with three children: Danny Laurel, Marilyn Louise, and Deloris Lynn.
“Bob” worked for Great Plains Pipeline in Osceola, when the couple first married, then became a farmer and raised his family in Clarke County. He farmed at Woodburn, near Lacelle, and spent 17 years farming 4 miles northeast of Osceola. He left farming in 1973 and became a custodian for Clarke Community Schools for 8 years, delivered parts for Bob’s Big A auto parts, worked for other farmers and delivered seed corn for Ron Woods. He took pride in his work and enjoyed each of his jobs, but in his heart he was always a farmer.
He enjoyed shooting pool, roller skating, telling jokes and visiting with people. Bob was always eager to help others. He was proud of his children and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they loved him back with all their heart. In the months following Orma’s death, Bob was a regular customer of KFC and donated 9 children’s bicycles to great-grandchildren and children in need, by earning points off boxes of kid’s meals.
At his home 2 miles east of Osceola, Bob enjoyed decorating his yard at Christmas time and tending to the many flower gardens. He loved receiving comments about how lovely his yard was.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Laurel and Ardis; wife, Orma; brother, Eugene (Betty) Powell; sister, Luetta Seaton; brother-in-law, Mardis Collins; brother-in-law, Dale (Wanda) Grimm; sister-in-law, Vernice (Tony) Nunez; sister-in-law, Clara (Milford) Bruns; sister-in-law, Merna (Scottie) Gere; brother-in-law, Carrol Grimm; brother-in-law, Dean Grimm; brother-in-law, Richard Stickley.
He is survived by his children; Danny (Lou) Powell of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Marilyn (Rodney) Harger of Osceola; Deloris (Eric) Smith of Osceola; grandchildren; Rodney (Kari) Harger of Ashdown, Arkansas; Ronda (Jeff) Webster of New Virginia; Christopher (Marie) Powell of Evans, Georgia; Laurie Powell and friend Julie Flynn of Boston, Massachusetts; Derick (NiKKI) Smith of Osceola; Troy (Joann) Smith of Ames, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Zane, Levi, and Ashlyn Harger; Briana and Hope Lowry; Siara and Tristan Powell; Zachary and Spencer Smith; Adalyn Smith; step-grandchildren: Kayla and Amanda Farlow; step-great, great grandchild, Jenna Rucker; sister, Leona Collins of Truro; brother-in-law, Ron Seaton; sister-in-law, Orvetta Stickley, sister-in-law, Marian Grimm; brother-in-law, Estell (Elaine) Grimm; and best friend, Billy Chase of Osceola; along with a host of other family members, friends, and acquaintances.
HCI Care Services of Osceola
Open after 10:00 AM on Monday, September 3, 2012. Family will be present to visit with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 Monday evening.
10:30 am on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Kale Funeral Home (Osceola Chapel) 301 S. Main St. Osceola Iowa 50213 (map/driving directions)
Maple Hill Cemetery Ridge Rd. Osceola Iowa 50213