Robert “Bob” Mitchell, 80, of Charles City, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home Hospice in Charles City with his family by his side.
A funeral service for Bob Mitchell will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City with Pastor Bill Odermann officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Hauser Funeral Home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2016 and will continue one hour prior to the funeral service Monday at the church.
Robert John Mitchell was born August 5, 1936 in Charles City, Iowa to Ray and Leone (Fredrick) Mitchell. He graduated from Charles City High School in 1955. On October 28, 1956, he married Marjorie “Marge” Beekman from Nashua, Iowa. This union was blessed with four children.
He was one of the first 4-H members in Floyd County, co-founded by his parents. He was an all-conference football player and wrestler during his high school years. He wore many hats during his life; Bob was a farmer; a precision welder at White Farm, Featherlite, and GMT; a salesman with Harvestor; constructed Mixmills; drove truck for FS Ag; and a salesman with Bankers Life. When Bob retired from Bankers Life, he enjoyed time in the antique business with Marge and most recently his “Handy Man” business.
Bob took great pride in his vegetable and flower gardens. He also loved playing cards, bowling, biking, exercising, his coffee groups, volunteering at the Senior Center and the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home, and spending time with friends, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Family was the most important thing to Bob.
His advice to the younger generation…”Do it while you can!”
Living family members include his four children: Brenda (Dean) Holzer of Charles City, Linda Mitchell of La Jolla, California, Lorie (David) Davidson of Cedar Falls, and Troy (Carol) Mitchell of Fitchburg, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren: Ryan (Kristi) Holzer, Kayla (Blaine) Henning, Allison (Renato) Motoyama, Ashley (Aaron) Broshar, Travis (Renee) Holzer, Amanda (Sam) Rogers, Alexa Davidson (fiancé Brian Bottke), and Viktor Mitchell; fifteen great‐grandchildren: Cora and Camilla Holzer; Austin, Brenna, and Carter Henning; Izabela and Vivian Motoyama; Amelia, Ivery, and Beck Broshar; Alivia Davidson, Ella and Wilson Brown, Jackson Rogers; and Noah Bottke; five brothers: Jim Mitchell, George (Ruth) Mitchell, and Bill (Linda) Mitchell all of Charles City, Don Mitchell of Minnesota, and Dean Mitchell of Arkansas; two sisters: Marjorie “Marge” Squier of Woden and Susan (Chuck) Baker of Aurora, Colorado; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marge; his parents: Ray and Leone Mitchell; and two sisters: Mary Stoecker and Nancy Nieman.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Floyd County Cancer Friends.
Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hauserfh.com.