Bobbie "Bob" Simmer

Bobbie "Bob" Simmer

Des Moines

Bob Simmer, 63, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center from a massive stroke. He was born January 20, 1950, in Jefferson to Leo and Ethel Simmer.

He met the love of his life, Kelly after a blind date and married six months later. They were married for 31 years. Bob, Bobbie "Dog Bite" loved and lived life to the fullest. He was a true believer in his Savior Jesus Christ and looked forward to being in His loving presence. He also looked forward to reuniting with his loved ones in Heaven. Bob is the newest greeter at the Pearly Gates.

Bob loved to be outdoors hunting and golfing, but his true love was his family. He was known as "the baby whisperer" and was never seen without a baby in his arms. He is still touching lives even after his death by being an organ donor for the Organ Donor Network. Bob always felt that he was so lucky to have such a huge loving family...but we were the lucky ones.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kelly; daughter, Shelly (Jay) Willis; sons, Shawn (Theresa), Shane, Joshua (Tyke), Justin (Mary Elizabeth), Tyler, Jordan; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Flanders, Connie Simmer, Sandra Lantz; brothers, Dean, Gene, Jack, Larry (Peg), George "Mike" (Peggy); sister-in-law, Sue, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dennis.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Christ the King Church with burial following at Elm Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held at church Thursday, May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a rosary recited at 8 p.m.

Memorials contributions will be directed by the family. Online condolences may be sent to

Funeral Home

Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW Ninth Street Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 285-3911

Published in Des Moines Register from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2013