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Roger Robb

Goodell

Roger Robb, 76, of rural Goodell, IA, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 26, 2023, at his home in Goodell.
Public funeral service will be on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 10:00 AM, at the Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, IA.  Duane Hanson will be officiating.
Burial will be in the Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell with military honors.
Public visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from 5-7 PM and will continue one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday.
Roger, the son of Lyman Raymond and Lola Virginia (Frohling) Robb, was born September 30, 1947, in Belmond, IA.  He attended Belmond Community Schools graduating from Belmond High School in the Class of 1965.  During his school years he was active in the FFA and had attended various conventions and participated in numerous FFA functions.  Growing up on the farm around Morris Lake, he often worked alongside his father in various tasks.  The farm was where his lifelong love of animals commenced during his youth and continued throughout his entire life.
Roger was united in marriage to Yvonne Wedeman, at the Belmond United Methodist Church on February 2, 1968.   Their union was blessed with two daughters, Rita and Robin.  Robin passed away in an automobile accident in 1990.  Roger always reflected back on her as a free spirit who loved to ride horses.  When asked about Rita he often talked about how proud he was that her and Kelly brought a precious grandson Shawn into his life.  Grandson, Shawn truly was Roger’s pride and joy.
Roger served in the National Guard during the Viet Nam Era, in all serving for about 8 years.  His early career was spent at the Followwill John Deere Implement in Belmond where he worked for a number of years in the 1960’s. He then was a truck driver for National By Products for 25 years and eventually drove and was a mechanic at Sparboe Farms in Goodell for 10 years before retirement.   Roger was a self-taught mechanic and could fix about anything.
Roger and Yvonne lived for a time in Belmond in the earlier years of their marriage and parenthood before eventually moving to their current farm in rural Goodell in the late 1970’s.  Their farm was always filled with a wide variety of animals in addition to livestock. They raised horses, pigs, chickens, Amherst and Golden Pheasants, Ducks, Rabbits, Fox, Skunks, and other animals.  Roger enjoyed all the animals, tinkering on various projects, working on the house and doing some woodworking.
Roger had a passion for the outdoors and all the wonders, rewards and excitement that came with it.  He loved to hunt and all kinds of trapping.  He was an avid fisherman and had been on fishing trips to Canada with his buddies and in later years grandson Shawn for more than 20 years.  Their favorite destination was to Sioux Lookout at Lake Tikinagan.  Roger loved to share times and outdoor skills and adventures with Shawn. In addition to being a grandpa to Shawn, Roger was the “Adopted Grandpa” to the Frohling boys over the years.  He looked forward to their visits, to family gatherings and spending time with his friends.
He and Yvonne had taken their daughters on various trips and later after they had grown the two had traveled to a variety of places including Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Alaska, Yellowstone and to visit Rita in Florida when she had lived there.
Roger was a long-time member of Ducks Unlimited and had been a member of Pheasants Forever for a time.  He loved country life and country music.
He will be remembered as a soft-spoken gentleman, who was hardworking, devoted to his roles and father and husband, who enjoyed his friends, and as a man that was always there for others!
His memory will be cherished by his wife Yvonne, Goodell, daughter Rita (Kelly) Janes, Clear Lake, IA, grandson Shawn, Clarion, IA; and other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Robin in 1990, brother Keith Robb in 2011.
Andrews Funeral Homes, Belmond, IA.  http://www.andrewsfuneralhomeandfloral.com 641-444-4474
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