Robert L. Strayer, 68 of Donnellson, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Born December 6, 1944 at Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Harry and Agnes Pranger Strayer. On August 3, 1984 at Donnellson, Iowa he married Alice Hohl Pearson.
Survivors include his wife Alice of Donnellson, two daughters: Brenda (Rod) Rumelhart and their children: Lane, Rachel and Reagan of Guthrie Center, Iowa, Christine (Bob) Dirkx and their children Morgan, Zach, Chase and Lucas of Carroll, Iowa; one step-daughter Brenda K. (Brad) Hagemeier and their children Kyle and Emily of Clarion, Iowa; one step-son Bryan (Samantha) Pearson and their children: Dakota, Broc, Bailey and Brendan of St. James, Missouri. Also surviving are one sister Rosie (Gerald) Smith of Fort Madison, three brothers: Larry (Pauline) Strayer, David (Andrea) Strayer and Jim (Sue) Strayer all of Donnellson, Iowa. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob was a graduate of Central High School in Donnellson. He was a conductor for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, retiring in 2004 with 39 years of service. He served in the United States Navy from 1962-1966. He attended St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Donnellson. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed fishing at his pond with his grandchildren, reading, morel mushroom hunting, traveling and spending time with his family. You were always surrounded by love and laughter in Bob’s presence.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson. The family will meet with friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. that evening at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Donnellson.
Following the funeral service his body will be cremated with burial held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Palliative Care Unit.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with the arrangements.