Robert Dale Maske

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Robert Dale Maske

Funeral services for Robert Dale Maske, 84 of Peterson will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Saturday, July 7, 2007 at First Congregational Church of Peterson. Rev. Michael Hyde will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery of Peterson.

Military services will be conducted by Dean-Underwood Post 10, American Legion of Peterson.

Robert passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at Spencer Hospital.

Casket bearers will be: David Joel Maske, Chris Maske, Janet Bobzien, Abraham Maske, Jeremy Maske, Robert Maske, Tiffany Maske, Jessica Ruddell, Justin Maske, Joshua Maske and Nichelle Maske.

Robert was born May 11, 1923 to John and Addie Coyer Maske at Ocheyedan. Robert (Bob) spent his childhood in and around Ocheyedan, and he attended Ocheyedan High School.  He completed his high school diploma at West Seattle High School in Seattle, Wash.

 After graduation from high school, Bob entered the Merchant Marines.  Following the outbreak of World War II, Robert enlisted in the United States Marine Corp.  From 1943 to 1946, Robert served as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, 5th Amphibious Corp involved in the island hopping campaign in the Pacific Theatre.  Bob was involved in the invasion of Iwo Jima, one of the most historic and important battles of the war.

At the conclusion of World War II, Bob and Dorothy were married on Aug. 29, 1948 in Worthington, Minn. Following their marriage, Bob and Dorothy returned to Seattle where he was enrolled in Seattle University and earned a B.A. Degree in Education. Upon earning his college diploma, Bob took a job with the Ashton Community School System in 1953. After one year at Ashton, Bob, Dorothy and their family moved to Peterson, where he became a high school teacher as well as head football, basketball, and baseball coach. From 1954 until 1986, Bob served the children and parents of the Peterson and later Sioux Valley Community School System as a dedicated teacher and coach.

 During their years in Peterson, Bob and Dorothy have been members in the Congregational Church. Throughout the years, Bob spent his summers serving the community of Peterson as a little league coach.  Bob, with the assistance of the many friends founded the Northwest Iowa Little League Tournament.  He also served the community as the manager of the local swimming pool.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one sister; and a son, David of Okoboji.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons: Bill Maske and wife, Carole of Truro, Dan Maske of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Jody Maske and wife, Deb of Newell; a daughter-in-law, Linda of Okoboji; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren

Warner Funeral Home of Peterson is in charge of arrangements.