Robert Dopf
1948 - 2012
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Robert C. Dopf


Robert C. Dopf, 63, died Sunday, May 20, 2012 due to complications of Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy. Visitation will be held at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be on Thursday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.

Bob was born in Des Moines on September 10, 1948 to Donald Dopf and Dorothy Henderson. He was graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in 1966 where he studied in the aviation program. Bob attended Drake University from 1966-1970 and continued in Drake's Law School where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1973. Bob practiced law with Williams & Hart Law Firm until 1979 when he went into private practice with Del Binford. In 1982 Bob began working for the United States Attorney's Office as an Assistant Federal Prosecutor where he served until 2006. During this time with the U.S. Attorney's Office Bob argued over 200 federal felony cases and also 50 cases before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. During these years he also served as Criminal Chief, Civil Chief, and Senior Litigation Council and served six years as Federal Election Officer for the Southern District of Iowa. He has been recognized nationally for his work with consumer fraud protection. In recognition of his efforts, Bob was honored on two separate occasions in Washington, D.C., when Attorney General Janet Reno presented him with a Department of Justice Director's Award and again when Chief Postal Inspector K.J. Hunter presented him with a Chief Postal Inspector's Award. He retired from the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2006 and taught law courses at DMACC and worked for the Federal Defender's Office on a part time basis.

Bob married his wife Mary Crain in 1972 while she also attended Drake University. Bob is survived by his wife Mary, daughter, Jill Viles (married to Jeremy Viles of Gowrie and their 6 year old son, Martin), daughter, Janet Albanese (married to Patrick Albanese of Clive and their two children Elena, three and Evan James one), son, Aaron Dopf (Atlanta, GA), son, Robert Dopf (married to Christine Kloberdanz Dopf of West Des Moines), and daughter, Elizabeth Dopf (Des Moines), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob especially enjoyed the time spent with Mary on their trip to Hawaii, boating outings with his family, giving his grandchildren rides on his scooter, and discussing politics with his children and their spouses. Insightful and thoughtful, Bob was a mentor to many. His deep and unwavering faith was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Bob was currently President of Iowa Right to Life. Monetary contributions can be made in Robert Dopf's name to Iowa Right to Life where has been active since 1974. Special thanks to Lutheran Church of Hope where Bob and Mary are members.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from May 23 to May 24, 2012.
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May 29, 2012
Bob was my cousin, we grew up together. He had been working on our Family tree and also trying to get a reunion of the Klines together, He had always been a fighter for mankind and the rights for all. He was a very proud Father and a awesome Husband. Love you Bobby, LeAnn Stalter Theis..and I too was on that same bus.
LeAnn Theis
May 23, 2012
I'm saddened at the loss of a true gentleman. What a great man, lawyer, and human. In our world today he stood out. God bless you Bob.
Jim Parker
May 23, 2012
Bob helped me with my homework when we rode the bus to school together in about 1960. He was a decent guy, and I was pleased to see him move across the street from us decades later.
The whole neighborhood is saddened.
Steve Dinnen
Steve Dinnen
May 23, 2012
It was our pleasure to know Bob and his family at WHLC...a great guy who will be missed. We miss seeing you..our sincere sympathy to a great, talented family

Will Canine
May 23, 2012
I served with Bob in the US Attorneys Office from 1986-1993. He was a very competent trial lawyer. One thing I recall is how he took notes during trial. Somehow he managed to use different colored pens to record the question, answer and his thoughts for follow up ---all the time listening and thinking. Amazing. Bob was a "go to guy" during trial when novel situations came up and there was no time for extensive research. Bob had a wonderful sense of humor and was a kind and loyal colleague My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Reade
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