A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert "Bob" Stickle, 99 of Knoxville, was held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Melcher-Dallas. Family received friends on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Knoxville with a rosary following at 6:00 p.m. Online condolences may be shared at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com.
Robert E. Stickle was born September 13, 1917 to Marcus and Marie Stickle near Dallas, Iowa. He was raised in Marion County alongside his sister, Mary Bernice. Bob attended Highland Country School and Knoxville High School.
On November 11, 1944, Bob was united in marriage to Kathleen "Kathy" Conrad. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Joanie and Judy. They raised their family on a farm near Melcher-Dallas. Bob farmed with his father. He loved the farm and was proud to be one of the first farmers in Marion County to plant soybeans. Bob loved working the soil and watching the seeds grow.
In addition to farming, Bob worked for Farmer's Mutual Hail Insurance Company in four states, both in sales and as an adjuster. He also worked for Marion County Mutual Insurance Company (IMT) for twenty-five years.
Bob enjoyed sprint car racing, attending the Iowa State Fair, playing cards, and going to church picnics at Bauer and Rosemount. He also liked country music and loved to go dancing with Kathy. The couple loved to travel together all over the western United States and also enjoyed trips to Branson. Above all, Bob loved to spend time with his family. He was a very proud father and grandfather.
Bob passed away November 6, 2016. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 72 years, Kathy Stickle; daughters, Joanie (Randy) Cherrier of Johnston, and Judy (Paul) Bleeker of Cary, NC; grandchildren: Chris Bleeker, Brian Cherrier, Bradley Cherrier, and Kelly Cherrier; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Bernice McCoy.
Published on November 14, 2016