Robert J. "Bob" Viet

Jun 29, 2020


Services will held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo with military rites by the Iowa Army National Guard Funeral Honor Guard.


for an hour before services at the funeral home


Burial in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Jackson, MN at a later date.



Robert J. “Bob” Viet, 73, Waterloo, IA, died at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center, on Monday, June 29, 2020, of congestive heart failure.


He was born April 17, 1947, Eldora, IA, son of Ben G. and Irene F. Kuper Viet.


Robert graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1965. He obtained his Associates Degree from Hawkeye Tech as a tool & die machinist in 1974.


He served in United States Army during Vietnam (1967-1970) as an auto mechanic with Company C, 720th MP Battalion at Long-Binh Post.


Robert was a machinist for H&H Manufacturing in Cedar Falls for many years. He also worked for several other manufacturing companies in the area, including Vokoun Motors in Traer. He owned and operated RJ's Bar in Waterloo for several years.


He is survived by four sisters, Ardith “Ardie” (Karla) Frazier-Viet‚ Waverly, Cheryl (Tom) Brooks‚ Jackson‚ MN, Jeanine (Jim) Ackermann‚ Lakefield‚ MN, and Delaine DeVries, Iowa Falls, a brother, David (Jill) Viet‚ Novi, MI, step-brothers, Steve (Sue) Hunt‚ North St. Paul‚ MN and Norman Huisman‚ Wellsburg; several nieces and nephews; and his special cat, Star Baby.


Robert is preceded in death by his parents; a step-brother, Jim Hunt; a step-sister, Lisa Busswitz; nephew, Brandon Brooks, Step-fathers, Glenn Hunt, and Albert Huisman

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  1. Gayle Deterding | Jul 06, 2020
    Bob was an amazing friend. I have known him for 20 plus years.  He had a passionate heart and would always give a helping hand whenever needed, and you never had to ask. His smile would light up a room! He never would forget a holiday. He gave the best hugs; you knew it was a hug from the heart. He was the true meaning of a friend.  He will be greatly missed by many.  My prayers, sympathy and love to the grieving family and other friends.
  2. Wayne Goodman | Jul 04, 2020
    Having known Robert for the better part of 20 years, he was a kind, caring, and loyal friend.  Although we were separated by 1000 miles for the last 15 years, Robert always stayed in touch; he never missed sending me a birthday card. Yes, old fashioned cards through the postal service... that was his way! It added a measure of sincerity that enhanced our friendship.  Robert will be sorely missed.  I am grateful to have had him in my life. My prayers for the grieving family of a really good person.
  3. Deb Hipp | Jul 03, 2020
    I am so sorry about Robert's passing. I really liked him the couple of times we met. He was a friendly and warm person. Thinking of you all during this difficult and sad time.

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