Robert "Bob" Rosencrants
1927 - 2016
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Robert "Bob" Rosencrants


Robert "Bob" Rosencrants, age 88 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at Centerville Care Center.

Bob was born on September 25, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Henry and Blanche (Luckett) Rosencrants.

After graduating from Moravia High School, Bob joined the United States Navy on May 7, 1946. From Pearl Harbor to China, Bob enjoyed the opportunity to see the world while serving his country faithfully.

Following his discharge from the Navy in 1948, Bob found work on the railroad as a fireman. A hot and tedious job that led to a life-long appreciation for steam engines and rail roads.

Bob's first business was a radiator repair shop on 7th Street in Centerville in the early 1950s. In the mid 1950s Bob created a scrap metal business on Elm Street which he sold in the early 1970s. Self financed and built from the bottom up, Bob created a thriving scrap business, working seven days a week, 16 hours a day.

An entrepreneur at heart, Bob spent much of his adult life putting deals together. In the late 1960's Bob went into the used automobile business, eventually adding mobile homes and recreational vehicles.

In the early 1980s, Bob made a successful leap into the real estate business starting Action Realty, Rosie's Mini Storage, Rosie's Rentals, and Rosencrants Farms.

Work was Bob's life. He had a passion for making deals. He believed in overcoming adversity through perseverance. He never wanted to retire.

Bob was active in many groups throughout his lifetime, including the American Legion, the VFW-Post # 526, the Masons, and the Centerville Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his son, Robert Rosencrants of Carlisle, Iowa; three grandchildren, Benjamin (Kristin) Rosencrants of Atlanta, Georgia, Aaron Rosencrants of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rachel Rosencrants of Port Townsend, Washington; two great grandchildren, Brynn and Kendall Rosencrants; a brother, Ben (Mary) Rosencrants of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Rebecca (Dwight) Robb of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Rose Stayton.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa, with the funeral eulogy provided by Bob's son, Robert Rosencrants. A Masonic Service will be conducted during the funeral. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa, with military rites. A visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to Care Initiatives Hospice or to the Centerville VFW, Post # 526 and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

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Published in the Des Moines Register on Mar. 29, 2016.
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April 1, 2016
I was Bobs friend and caregiver. I took care of him a couple times after he came out of the hospital. He always made me laugh...God Bless you Bob...
Sally Houser
March 31, 2016
It was so unusual to go home to Centerville and talk to someone that new my dad. My dad Doyle Curtis died 55 years ago, but Bob remembered him and would talk to me about him. He made my day.

We are sorry for your loss. He was a hard worker and Centerville should be proud to have had him there for all of those years.
Gary and Cheryl (Curtis) Burrows
March 27, 2016
You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man who will be greatly missed.
The Ewings- Margery, Marilyn, Matthew, Becky and Sarah, Tony and Kelly
March 27, 2016
Only knew Bob in passing but always enjoyed talking to him. May he rest in peace. David Oden
David Oden
March 26, 2016
Bob was a humble man who always had a smile and "hello" for you. We have so enjoyed getting to know him these last few years. He was an awesome businessman who always had time for others. Prayers to Robert and the family and Bob's close friends and colleagues. May God comfort you all! Vaness Oden and Steve Widmar
Vaness Oden
March 26, 2016
Hauled a lot cattle for Bob. Moved he and his Dad from the Lake front into town. Had a lot of good conversations over the years. He was a good friend. He will be missed. Kendell Oden
Kendell Oden
March 26, 2016
Bob was a one of a kind guy, always smiling and joking. Will miss this friend. Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.
Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson
March 25, 2016
What a great friend Bob was, having worked with him for many many years. He always had a friendly HI for you. Will be missed.
Janet Demry
March 25, 2016
R.I.P. Dear friend, I can't think of life without you here. You have taught me allot. God Bless you on your new adventure.
Barbara Melvin
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