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Robert Ernst
November 7, 1921 - March 27, 2013

Robert "Bob" Ernst, 91, of Oelwein passed away on Wednesday March 27, 2013 at Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo.  Visitation will be 5-8PM on Sunday March 31, 2013 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home and for one hour before the services at the church.  Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Monday April 1, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Bob was born on November 7, 1921 in Cadott, Wisconsin, the son of Otto and Florence (Libbey) Ernst. He passed away very peacefully on March 27, 2013 with his family by his side. Bob was united in marriage to Viola “Vicki” Reicks on August 1, 1944 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, Iowa. He worked in the grocery business most of his life. Bob enjoyed gardening, tinkering around the home and just the simple things in life, but his greatest love was his family. Bob leaves behind a loving family and many friends who will all miss him.

He is survived by a son, Rick (Lori) Ernst of Oelwein, three daughters, Connie Bliss of Des Moines, Iowa, Bev (Duane) Schommer of Hazelton, Iowa and Deb Reisner of Altoona, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Brad Bliss, Robert Schommer, Brett Schommer, Heather Ferguson, Ben Reisner, Alex Ernst and Chris Ernst; eleven great grandchildren, Jordon Bliss, Courtney Bliss, Andy Schommer, Elizabeth Schommer, Whitney Schommer, Brandon Schommer, Blake Schommer, Libby Ferguson, Kyler Skaggs, Claire Reisner and Brynn Reisner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki on December 7, 1999; his parents, Otto and Florence; twin sons, Jerry and Larry; and two sons-in-law. 


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Mona & Cy Nelson on April 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM said:

We send our sympathies to Bob's family. We enjoyed working with Bob at IGA during our high school years.
Paulette (Huhe) Dixon on April 4, 2013 at 7:14 AM said:

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your father, Bob. Your mom and dad were my baptismal sponsors and I remember when they would visit laughter was the main ingredient of those times. Every year your father sent me a Christmas card. I'm sure he will be missed by a lot of people.
Becky (Peter) Wheeler on April 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM said:

I am so very sorry for your loss. Bob and Vicki were very special to my parents. I know they had a lot of fun together in their younger years.
Hang on to your memories and know that others are sharing in your sorrow. With heartfelt sympathy.
To one and all - on April 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM said:

Was sorry to hear of Grandpa's passing. Many fond memories of his smile and laughter. I know he treasured each of you. When I would see him about town, he always had a story to share about the kids....and sometimes even the "older" kids, but always with a smile and laughter.

Bless each and every one of you.
Angi Strand
Sheryl,Dick Gosse & family; Adele & Clarence Wms on March 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM said:

Bev/Duane,Rick/Lori & rest of family: Treasure the special times you shared w/family growing up and till now. Your dad is now home with your mom as they travel their new life together, daily watching over you all. Always be close/keep in touch with other family and friends. God only takes the best and you have two special angels in heaven until you all meet again. Thinking of you all during this time.
Wanda Kress-Tappe on March 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM said:

My deepest sympathies to your family. Not sure if I had met you or not, however I spoke to many people at Ottercreek Apts.
May the Good Lord Bless your Spirit and Comfort your children and grand children.

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