Robert Ernest Boxwell

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Robert Ernest Boxwell

Des Moines

Robert Boxwell, 92, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines. A memorial service celebrating his life will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 11 at Grace West Church in West Des Moines.

Bob was a proud WWII Veteran and retired from McMillan Oil Company at an early age and moved to California to pursue his passion of golf. One of Bob's greatest highlights of his life was having lunch with Arnold Palmer. Bob returned to Des Moines in 1994 where he was employed at Willow Creek Golf Course until he was 87. He was an avid golf who had numerous hole-in-one's and he also enjoyed playing tennis. Bob was an active man who enjoyed working out with a personal trainer until he was 91.

Bob also enjoyed listening to the Glenn Miller Band and traveled all over the state to listen to him. He volunteered for many years at the southside Senior Center and was a member of the Senior Citizens Tour of Golf in Iowa. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his children, Steff Kooker and Phil Boxwell of Des Moines (Patti Boxwell of Pittsburg, PA); grandchildren, Reed Kooker and Robby Kooker of Des Moines; great-grandchidlren, Cohen, Landon and Brolen Kooker; brother, Byron Boxwell of CA and by special friend, Pauline Drotz. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Boxwell and brother, Bill Boxwell.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at the VA Medical Center ER, especially to Kent, Amy and Janelle.


Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 9, 2014
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