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Robert Leo Kistler

Fairfield, Iowa

Mar 4, 1925 – Jun 4, 2017 (Age 92)


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Raymond Funeral Home Obituary

Obituary – Fairfield Robert Leo Kistler, age 92 of Fairfield, died Sunday evening at the Donnellson Health Center in Donnellson, Iowa. Bob was born March 4, 1925 at Rich Hill, Missouri, the son of Walter and Mary Daggett Kistler. He grew up in Osceola, where he graduated from high school. He received his bachelor degree from Simpson College and his Master's degree from Drake University. Robert served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a school teacher, school administrator and principal serving at Pleasant Plain school , Lincoln and Pence Elementary schools in Fairfield. Bob served in the Iowa House of Representatives for 6 years. He married Dorothy E. Christensen on August 24, 1947 at Creston. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2006. Robert married Martha Anderson on May 24, 2008 in Fairfield. Deceased family members include his wife Dorothy and his parents. Surviving are his wife Martha Kistler of Mt. Pleasant; 1 daughter Belinda ( James ) Kernaghan of Ft. Collins, CO, 2 sons: Bob ( Barbara ) Kistler of Fairfield, Mark ( Monica ) Kistler of Coralville; 4 step-children: Tom Mc Nevin of Highland Branch, CO, Peggy ( Harlan ) Miller and Scott Mc Nevin of Mt. Pleasant, and Judith ( Brian ) Crittenden of Butler, Kentucky. He has 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren plus 8 step-grandchildren and 14 great step- grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday at the First Christian Church ( South on Highway 1 ) with Pastor Dianne Brokken officiating. Interment with Military Honors by the Henry County Honor Guard will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield. Memorials may be made to "Take Away Hunger" or to the First Christian Church in Fairfield. Arrangements are in the care of the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield.

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I've loved my Uncle Bob ever since I can remember. What a smart, kind, and gentle man. In my childhood, we would visit every few years or so. My earliest memory of Uncle Bob is of him "chewing" my ears, as he would call it - something this little girl welcomed, although pretending to run away from! "I'm gonna chew your ears", he would threaten (and deliver upon)! I welcomed the affection he gave. As an adult, I've appreciated the support and wisdom I've gained from...

He was a sweet man. I graduated in 1988. I attended Pence Elementary and lived right across the street. One day we had show and tell and against my mother's wishes I brought a blown glass figurine to school. Long story short, it got broken. I cried and was so upset, worried my mom would be mad. Mr. Kistler, took that figurine. A few days later he called me to his office. He had meticulously glued the little sculpture back together for me. I was so surprised. Can you imagine how long...

Belinda, Bob, & Mark - I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I have wonderful memories of childhood that include your whole next door, camping, many shared meals, New Year's eve parties and so much more. It's hard to lose a parent and you all have my sincere sympathy. I so appreciated Bob Sr and Mark attending Mom's service. I don't know if I can make arrangements to attend on Thursday, but know my thoughts will be with you on that day. Most sincerely....Sue

As a child, Bob and Dorothy were windows into worlds I never imagined. They broadened my horizons and put vision in my life. And lots of fun....and loving tolerance with the ways of children, teenagers, and college kids. God's peace be with all of you.

Uncle Bob was such a loving and giving person, I will miss him greatly. I am forever grateful to Uncle Bob and Aunt Dorothy, they welcomed me into the family as if I had always been there. I can think of no better example of how to live a life of service to your God, your country, your community and your family. All my love to Belinda, Mark, Bob and their spouses as they say good bye to their father and the grandchildren that meant so much to him.