Files, Robert A. (Bob)
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94, son of Henry Files and Helen Thomas Files, passed away on April 19, 2013, at his winter home in Scottsdale, AZ. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he graduated from Iowa State University where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served his country in WWII, was awarded the Bronze Star and in 1946 was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. He married Jane Eileen Printy in September, 1946, and entered Harvard Business School from which he received an MBA. He spent the majority of his successful business career in Cleveland, Ohio, as an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. During this time he formed a business partnership with Tom Cristal and Will McFarlane in which he was the senior partner. Their partnership, "Files, Cristal & McFarlane", in addition to the life insurance business, created AIRCOA, a development & management company of numerous hotels and resorts. After a marriage of 52 years, Jane Files passed away in 1998 and in May, 1999, Bob was blessed to marry Edith Joy Austin from Memphis, Tennessee. An avid golfer all his life, he had his third hole-in-one in June of 2012. Bob had a very active mind, loved to read and stayed engaged in U.S. and world affairs. He was a very charitable human being who loved his country dearly. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Joy, his son, Marc (Nancy), daughter Susan Conley (Eric), daughter Chris Files-English (Richard), and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his then 34 year old son, Gregg Alan Files, in 1987. A private gathering of friends and family will be held in his home in Desert Mountain on Wed. April 24, from
5-7 pm. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to The Little Traverse Conservancy, or St. John's Episcopal Church, Harbor Springs, MI or the Cleveland Scholarship Fund of Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 24, 2013