Robert A. "Bob" Bowlsby

May 27, 2018
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Private family services will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he was a life long member.


A Celebration of Life reception for friends and family will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 12:30-3:30 PM at Landmark Commons, 1400 Maxhelen Blvd., Waterloo


Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Hospice OR the Pat Bowlsby Off‑Leash Dog Park - make checks out to Community Foundation of NEIA, with memo of friends of the dog park.


Robert A. "Bob" Bowlsby, 89, of Waterloo died at Cedar Valley Hospice Home on Sunday, May 27, 2018 of cancer.

He was born May 4, 1929 in Waterloo, son of Clifton A. and Helen Hopkins Bowlsby.

Bob was an outstanding athlete as a young man and excelled in all sports. He was a first team all-state selection in both football and basketball at West Waterloo High School. He attended Iowa State University and was a member of the football team although injury ended his career. He then attended the University of Iowa.


Bob married Patricia Galloway on November 25, 1950 in Waterloo; she died October 6, 2008.

He was a superintendent at John Deere; retiring in 1986. 

In retirement, Bob and Pat attended auctions and restored many antiques that typically ended up in the homes of their children. He was a talented carpenter and craftsman making toys and hobby horses for his grandchildren and completing countless wood projects and repairs for his family. Bob was an excellent bridge player and played Duplicate Bridge at a high level for many years. He was also an exceptional pool, snooker and billiards player. There is no record that any family member ever beat him! Bob greatly enjoyed overseeing family gatherings where his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren saw to his every need.


He is survived by his children: Robert (Candice) Bowlsby, Dallas, TX, Ann (Randy) Alliger, Cedar Rapids, IA, John (Cyndy) Bowlsby, Long Lake, MN, Sarah (Tom) Norman, Des Moines, IA, and Jane (Jeff) Glantz, Cedar Rapids, IA; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Arnold, Kingman, AZ.


Bob is preceded by his parents; wife; and a daughter in law, Joyce Bowlsby.

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  1. Bill and Barb Dodd | Jun 08, 2018
    Bob and Pat were friends through our church for many years. Upon moving to Landmark Commons, we were again reunited and shared many friendships.  He will be missed by everyone here. He was a dear gentleman.
  2. Joe Webber | Jun 08, 2018
    "Mr. (Bob) Bowlsby" was truly a great man. Always positive and encouraging. One of the best smiles ever. He and Pat were always so welcoming raised a remarkable family. Thank you for everything and may God bless.
  3. Deb McDonald | Jun 05, 2018

    My thoughts and prayers to all the Bowlsby family on the loss of Bob.  I remember when you lived on Maxine St. although for a short time.  Remembering  the times we had neighbor hood games and gatherings.  Always thought the world of your folks.  I'm sure he will be greatly missed. 

    Deb McDonald

  4. phlip Stewart | Jun 04, 2018
    Bob had much to do with my "wasted" youth when he owned West Side Billiards in Waterloo, Iowa where I would go after my part time job at a local hotel in the late 1950's. Bob taught me how to shoot snooker starting by spotting 50 points beating me hands down. Every time I won the spot would come down 10 points. I never got it below a 10 point spot but I became one of the best snooker players in town-----after Bob, A great guy and a real gentle giant he was a great mentor to me. So long BOB I will always have great memories!

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