Robert W. Hograbe
Robert W. “Bob” Hograbe, age 88, of rural Dows passed away Thursday April 14, 2016, at Muse-Norris Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral services for Robert W. Hograbe will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Morgan United Methodist Church east of Dows. Pastor Judy Eilders will officiate. Burial will be in the Morgan Township Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be provided by the Dows American Legion Watson Beach Post No. 523.
Visitation for Bob Hograbe will be held for one hour prior to services at the Morgan Methodist Church on Monday. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows.
Bob was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Waverly, Iowa, to Harry and Lydia (Harms) Hograbe. Bob attended Plainfield grade school. In 1941 his family moved to Dows and he attended Dows High School and graduated in 1944. Upon graduating he started farming. He would for the next 63 years.
Bob married Shirley Coulson on July 16, 1950. They had two children. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1953. He and Shirley moved to Tacoma, Washington, for 2 years. Upon his discharge they returned to Dows to farm.
Bob loved to sing, and he sang in his church’s choir for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family. His great-granddaughters have made many fond memories of him baking them cookies and homemade raisin bread. Bob collected toy tractors. His favorite passion was his love of traveling. He was never lost, it was always a “shortcut.”
Bob is survived by his two children Becky (Dwight) Ackerman of Clear Lake, John Hograbe of Dows; one granddaughter, Kathy (James) Huse of Ventura; three great-granddaughters, Ali Huse of Clear Lake, Andi Huse of Clear Lake, Alicia Huse of Ventura; and one great-great-grandson, Tavin of Clear Lake.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, on January 13, 2016; parents, Lydia and Harry Hograbe; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Gladys Hograbe.