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Robert F. “Bob” Wallace, Sr.

Graveside Services: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:00 A.M., Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, Iowa.

Robert Francis “Bob” Wallace, 88 of Glenwood, Iowa formerly of Clarinda, Iowa passed away November 13, 2020 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was born on June 18, 1932 in Clarinda, Iowa to Charles Alonzo and Helen Edna (Spargue) Wallace. Bob was raised in Clarinda and graduated from high school there. He attended Clarinda Jr. College for two years prior to serving his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his return home, he continued his education and went to work at the M.H.I. and Steel Tanks Factory. He served a short stint on the Clarinda Police Force. Bob was a Master SGT in the National Guard in Clarinda and attended officer candidate school in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Bob was united in marriage to Betty Jean Hollis on April 16, 1955 in Clarinda. To this union six children were born; Angela, Cynthia, Staci, Brenda, Robert, Jr. and Kelli.

Bob raised rabbits his whole life and was one of the top judges in the world. He was a member of the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association. The family traveled coast to coast and border to border showing and judging rabbits. He had a national recored that will likely never be broken.

Bob retired in 1990 after 35 years with the State of Iowa. He was an administrator for 25 years and taught school for 6 years prior to that. He completed his degree at the Iowa University while he was teaching.

Bob never missed a class reunion and mentioned a quote from the yearbook, “I want what I want when I want it. I have almost always gotten it.”

Christmas was Bob’s favorite holiday. He was always devoted to his family seldom missing his kids and grandkids sporting events or anything they were involved with. They will forever cherish the time they spent together.

Preceding Bob in passing were his parents, wife, infant son, grandsons Chris Raymond and Shane Woods, brothers George Wallace and Darrell Wallace; brothers-in-law Chuck Irvin and Alfred Andersen. Survivors include his children Angela (Tim) Hagen, Cynthia Wallace, Staci Wallace, Brenda Woods (Jeff Edberg), Robert (Sherry) Wallace, Jr. all of Glenwood, Iowa, Kelli Wallace (Scott McGarvey) of Omaha, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, sisters Joyce Andersen and Joan Irvin; extended relatives and friends.

Memorials may directed to the family.

22 Condolences

  • Linda Goos Posted November 14, 2020 7:03 pm

    So sorry to hear this.

  • Karen stafford Posted November 14, 2020 7:27 pm

    So very sorry for the families loss. Bob was a dear friend and he will be missed.

  • Jeff Henson Posted November 14, 2020 9:55 pm

    Thanks, Bob.

  • Rita Kennedy Posted November 15, 2020 8:49 am

    Rob and families so sorry to read of your Dads death prayers and good thoughts to you all.

  • Diana Hoogestraat Posted November 15, 2020 11:31 am

    Bob was my Boss for many many years and a long-time beloved friend of both Tom and I. He was a great man; and, will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, dear friend!!!

  • Nancy Wright Posted November 15, 2020 3:12 pm

    So sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Our prayers and sympathy to his family. God bless you and comfort you.
    Martin and Nancy Wright

  • Deb and Hap Patterson Posted November 15, 2020 6:27 pm

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. He was a treasure and influenced so many others. A great mentor to so many youth as well. Fond memories of both Bob and Betty, together again.

  • Liz Wallace Barnes Posted November 15, 2020 6:46 pm

    Prayers for those closest to him. So sad to hear of his passing. I have some fond memories of my visits to see him.

  • Rita Kennedy Posted November 16, 2020 7:41 am

    Rob and families sorry to read of your Dads death prayers and positive thoughts to all.

  • Dan Nutting Posted November 16, 2020 8:22 am

    My condolences to the family.

  • Eldon Prax Posted November 16, 2020 10:18 am

    Prayers and thoughts to the Wallace Family.

  • Doug Blankenship Posted November 16, 2020 2:12 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss! I stopped a few weeks ago and visited with him on the porch! He was telling me all the stories about the wind chimes. Prayers Doug

  • Larry & Peggy Kruse Posted November 16, 2020 4:08 pm

    Very sorry to read this, condolences to all the family.

  • Kathy Graham Halderman Posted November 16, 2020 5:11 pm

    Angie, Cyndi, Staci, Brenda, Robert and Kelli – and families … I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad and mom were such kind people and my dad (Richard Graham from Clarinda) always liked “hanging out “ with your dad so much at all the rabbit shows. I remember as a little girl coming to your house or seeing you all at the rabbit house by the Clarinda Swimming Pool or at various shows. I was just looking at all dad’s ribbons last week and thought of your dad – I plan to make a quilt with them! Know that my prayers and thoughts are with you all. Kathy Graham Halderman

  • Marilyn Millsap Ballinger Posted November 16, 2020 7:53 pm

    So sorry to hear this. RIP. Sympathies sent to the family.

  • LaVerne and Pam Obrecht Posted November 16, 2020 10:33 pm

    Sympathy to Bob’s family. He was a big help to 4-Her’s especially the rabbit project members.

  • Judy M Blezek Posted November 17, 2020 1:48 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Bob and Betty were very close to my family. Bob always called my daughter Peaches. Betty was like a sister to me. We must have walked hundreds of miles together.
    Don and I and our children enjoyed all the rabbit shows we went to with Bob and Betty and their family. I will miss visiting with Bob. He was a great friend.

  • Todd Fryzek Posted November 18, 2020 10:49 pm

    Rob & family, sorry to hear about your dad passing. My thoughts are with you.

  • Kim O’Connor Posted November 19, 2020 6:11 am

    My deepest sympathy to Bob’s family. He was such a truly good man and took great joy in his family. Another kind soul who will be sorely missed.

  • Cathie Reardon Posted November 19, 2020 1:23 pm

    We will never forget Bob, he was a great mentor and friend.We always loved showing rabbits with Bob and Betty. May God guide you through this difficult time. God Bless his family.

  • Cathy Farmer Posted November 20, 2020 10:44 am

    Sad to hear of your recent losses, Rob and family. Will be thinking of you.

  • Janie Posted November 22, 2020 2:40 pm

    Bob and Betty we two of my favorite rabbit friends. So many precious memories. When I worked with him for my license he told me I had proven to him that a woman could judge and always made me feel accomplished. Hang on to the good times. Janie.

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