Funeral services for Robert LeRoy Stoeber, 91, of Spencer, formerly of Le Mars, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. William Schreiber will officiate the service.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. and Catholic Rosary Service to be conducted at 4:30 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Burial will be conducted at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Bob was born in Sioux City, Iowa, Oct. 19, 1925, to Albert and Elizabeth Heuertz Stoeber. Shortly after his birth, he moved with his family to Le Mars living at 24 Sixth Ave. SE, (three doors east of the church) where he attended St. Joseph School, graduating in 1943. He volunteered for military service while he was 17 years old because he, "wanted to serve his country." Following his 18th birthday in November 1943, he attended six weeks of basic training in Wichita Falls, Texas. By 1945, he was attending flight school in Waco, Texas. Later that year, he was assigned to gunnery school in Laredo, Texas, where he trained as a gunner on a 20-man crew of a B17 "Flying Fortress.” He was discharged in 1946.
Back when he was in high school, he met Betty Bell Sargent while they both worked at Mount Drug in Le Mars, Iowa. While he was stationed in Waco, Texas, he married Betty Bell on Feb. 8, 1945. After his discharge, he returned to LeMars where he worked as a carpenter and a plasterer. In 1957, Bob went to work for Wells Dairy determined to "deliver good customer service" which he accomplished while Wells Dairy grew to be the largest family owned dairy in America. He served as sales manager and retired in 1988. He was a great communicator and knew everyone!
Bob and Betty moved to Okoboji, Iowa after he retired and built a home there. After owning several homes at The Iowa Great Lakes, he and Betty moved to St. Luke's Retirement Center in Spencer, Iowa.
Bob was active in Knights of Columbus in Le Mars where served as grand knight in 1964 during the construction of the current Knights of Columbus Hall. After that, he became district deputy and was an active member of the "Fourth Degree" in Knights of Columbus.
Bob was a builder and an excellent craftsman. He worked in his wood shop much like his father did when he was growing up. He took enormous pride in doing a job well! Countless picture frames still cover the walls of children and grandchildren. Home improvement projects for friends and family still add comfort to those for whom they were intended.
Bob passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Bell; sisters: Lorraine Steele, Helen Sullivan and Margaret Schumacher; along with one grandson, Greg Nieman; and son-in-laws: Robert Baxter and Everett Allison.
He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Anderson of Meridian, Mississippi; and his seven children: Tom (Georgia) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nancy Baxter of Monee, Illinois, Carol Allison of Muscatine, Iowa, Connie (Greg) Beernink of Orange City, Iowa, Ken of Gillette Grove, Iowa, Susan (Ed) Umscheid of Spencer, Iowa, and Jerry of Spencer, Iowa. There are 16 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.