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Robert Pinnell age 89, of Perry died on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Visitation will be Friday, May 11, 2012 from Noon until 9 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be given to family and can be left at the Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.
Robert Meredith Pinnell was born on August 11, 1922 at Dawson, IA to Fred Meredith and Helen E. (Fullerton) Pinnell. He attended country school until he began attending the Washington Township School. His family moved north of Perry and for his sophomore year he attended Perry High School until he graduated. He then went to Iowa State University until World War II started. He then served in the United States Navy in England, Germany and Poland. He married Evelyn "Gert" Eileen Bender on September 23, 1945 at the Perry First United Methodist Church. Bob was a man of the land and farmed all of his life. He especially loved raising cattle.
Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as a Board of Directors when they built the new church and remained active in the church until he got ill. He was a member of the Perry Rotary Club for 50 Years, served on the Board of Directors for Brenton Banks for several years, and served on the Board of Boone Farmers Mutual Insurance Company for 30 years. He was voted Jacees outstanding farmer of the year in 1957. Having attended Iowa State University he loved Iowa State Football and was a Season Ticket Holder. His golfing was more for the social time and he had a lot of fun playing it. He also enjoyed horseback riding. He was very generous in supporting his community. Most of all he loved his family, especially his daughter Barbara.
Robert was preceded in death by wife, Evelyn "Gert" Pinnell; parents, Fred and Helen Pinnell; a brother, Paul Pinnell; and a sister, Jean Arnold.
Survivors include his daughter, Barbara McKnight-Danaher (Jim), Perry, IA; four grandchildren, Matthew McKnight (Leslie) of Grinnell, IA, Jason McKnight (Cari) of St. Charles, MO, Brendan McKnight of Ankeny, IA, Nick McKnight (Ariel Sylvester) of St. Louis, MO; two step-grandchildren, Kelly Olson (John), and Trisha Olson (Andrew); six great-grandchildren, Cade, McKenna, Lily, Meredith, Helen and Ryder McKnight; two sisters-in-law, Lois Pinnell, San Diego, CA, and Wilma Bender, Jefferson, IA; nieces, Jenean, Diane, Beverly, Judi, and Juliette; and nephews, Mike and Tim.
Published in Des Moines Register on May 10, 2012