OELWEIN - Robert "Robbie" James (Bartels) Mallam II, 31, of Oelwein, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at home in his sleep.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at First Baptist Church in Oelwein. Burial will follow the funeral service at Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Geilenfeld Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Geilenfeld Funeral Home.
Rob was born in Waterloo, Iowa on July 1, 1981. He was raised in Oelwein until he moved to Wisconsin his sophomore year of High School where he graduated from Spooner High School in 2000. He worked many jobs in construction, sales, working with the disabled, oil fields, machinist, factory and working beside his step-dad doing landscaping. He was absolutely a "Jack of All Trades" and always eager to start another adventure in his life.
He spent his days encouraging others to live life to the fullest with a "What if tomorrow never comes" mantra. He lived for snowboarding in Minnesota, playing his guitar, fishing, surprising his family in Iowa with visits, lifting weights, social gatherings, pulling pranks and most of all, just making people laugh.
In his last two years he moved back to his hometown of Oelwein and really soaked up time with family, friends and most of all being with his nieces and nephews who were his greatest joy in life. Rob was very social, loved everyone he met and they loved him just as much in return. He will be very dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Rob is survived by his parents Dawn (Michael) Ledesma of Oelwein, and Robert "Bob" (Liz) Mallam of Spooner, Wis.; grandmother Consuelo "Connie" Ledesma of Oelwein, grandparents Ray and Carol Bartels of Oelwein; his siblings Brian (Sara) Mallam of Des Moines, Fonda (Chad) Ciesielski of Oelwein, Tiffanny Ledesma of Cedar Falls, Faith Bartels of Oelwein, Ben Bartels of Stewartville, Minn., Shaun Ledesma of Cedar Falls, and Tanner Bartels of Oelwein; his nieces and nephews, Brian, Austin, Skylar, Lola, Stella and Caiden.
Rob is preceded in death by great-grandparents Lee and Eleanor Coleman of Oelwein, grandparents Fred and Dixie Ritchie of West Union, Edward and Genevieve Mallam of Spooner, Wis.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family.
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