Robert Schieffer, 93, of Keokuk, passed away at 3:05 am Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Montrose Health Center in Montrose, Iowa.
Bob was born February 9, 1927, in Burlington, Iowa, and graduated from Burlington High School in 1945. Immediately following graduation, Bob joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. He obtained the rank of Staff Sargent in the Third Army Headquarters under General Patton.
On August 27, 1949, he married Elizabeth (Libby) Knobbs at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Burlington, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 21, 2017.
He was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Burlington and was transferred as manager of the Keokuk facility. Bob retired from U.S. West in 1990 after forty years of service.
Bob was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. He served as president of each of the following boards: Rotary Club, St. Joseph Hospital, and Keokuk Convention and Tourism Board. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, The American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Keokuk Sports Boosters, and Keokuk Area Community Foundation.
In 1994 Bob received the Marilyn Pohorsky Award in recognition of the many volunteer hours spent in support of the Pea Ridge Reenactment. In 1996 he was awarded the Spirit of Keokuk Award. Bob enjoyed playing an active role as a Keokuk citizen and lived up to Rotary's motto: "Service above self".
Bob and his wife raised eight children. Surviving are Mark (Pam) Schieffer of Carthage, Illinois; Deborah (Boyd) Kaiser of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kathy (Frank) Kelley of Nederland, Colorado; Daniel Schieffer of Keokuk, Iowa; James Schieffer of Des Moines, Iowa; Julie (Mark) Rector of Keokuk, Iowa; Matthew (Melody) Schieffer of DePere, Wisconsin. Bob was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Spicer.
Also surviving are son-in-law John Spicer of Keokuk, Iowa, and sister-in-law June (Robert) Randolph of Hillsboro, California. Bob was blessed with an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he adored.
Visitation services will be held Monday, February 17, 2020, after 3 pm. There will be a Christian vigil at 4 pm and family will greet friends, family and loved ones from 4 pm to 7 pm at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers, 1212 Concert, Keokuk.
Services will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 10:30 am at the All Saints Catholic Church, 310 South 9th Street, Keokuk with Reverend David Brownfield, PhD officiating. Robert will be laid to rest at Keokuk National Cemetery with full military rites.
Memorials in honor of Robert Schieffer may be made to Keokuk Catholic Schools, Keokuk Area Community Foundation, or donor's choice.
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I'm very sorry to hear of your loss... my prayers and thoughts go out to the Schieffer Family at this time
.. I can still Remember Bob coming to our home to fix our phone or to put a new one in
...he was always a nice person and to not forget Matt his son I went to school with From 3rd grade at St.Vincents school and Cardinal Stritch...God Bless.....
I'm thinking of the Schieffer family in your time of sorrow.
Leland and I are so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and will be missed
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this time. Bruce & Corrina Wells
So sorry to hear of your dads passing, Mark. I will be praying for you and your family!🙏🙏
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