Robert “Bob” A. Roeder

Robert “Bob” A. Roeder

Robert “Bob” A. Roeder


Robert “Bob” A. Roeder, 72, of Lansing, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, due to heart complications. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in Lansing, with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Military graveside honors will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may greet the family from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Feel free to wear Cubs or Packers attire, if you would like. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Robert Allen Roeder was born Nov. 27, 1950, in Lansing, Iowa, the son of Clyde and Melita (Pottratz) Roeder. Growing up, Bobby helped run and operate the family business; his parents owned Roeder Tap (now the OP) in Lansing. Bob graduated from Lansing Kee High School in 1970, and was a stellar athlete, excelling in baseball and basketball. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1970-72. After receiving his discharge, he met the love of his life, Rita, at the Bright Spot in DeSoto, Wis. Bob and Rita Myhre were married on June 2, 1973, in DeSoto. He was chief of police in Lansing and in 1978, moved his family to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he served the State of Iowa for 26 years as a captain in the correctional system. He ended his career at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville, Iowa. After retirement, he moved back to his hometown of Lansing on the Mississippi River.

Bob was an outdoorsman who had tremendous love for the river. He pursued deer and duck hunting with astounding enthusiasm. He was an avid Cubs and Packers fan and was a master pool player. Bob enjoyed playing euchre, golfing, and spending time with his friends and family. He was very proud of his girls and grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Rebecca Joens (Michael Smith) of LaPorte City, Iowa, and Robin Roeder (Bret Voss) of Ely, Iowa; his grandchildren, Johnny Joens, Emma Joens and Haley Ainesworth; great-grandchildren, Zy’aire and Ka’cyn; his siblings, Richard Roeder (Mary) of Lansing, Iowa, and Roger Roeder (Sheri) of Swisher, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Melita Roeder; and his wife, Rita Roeder.

Bob was a great man and was loved by all that surrounded him. The simple pleasures in life brought great joy to Bob. He will be greatly missed and is now reunited with his beloved wife in heaven.

Honorary casketbearers are Jeff Betchel, Mark Dehli, John Duehr, Bob Havlik, Dave Noelting, Adam Roeder, Brad Roeder and Mike Schmidtz.

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