In Memory of

Robert H. Onnen

January 31, 1929 - November 19, 2019
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Robert H. Onnen 90, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Sunny Knoll Care Centre.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor Anita Bane officiating.  Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Church until service time.  Burial of casket will be at Rosehill Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Rockwell City Veterans Organization. 

     Robert is survived by his stepdaughters, Angela (John) Akers of Indianola, and Renee Maulsby of Fort Dodge; two grandchildren, Tamara (Jon) Overton of Indianola, and Derek (Sarah) Akers of Beaverdale; four great-grandchildren, Greta, Adaline, Kaitlynn, and Nathan; and other relatives and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife Irene; his parents, Herman and Adelle Alsop Onnen; stepmother Vera Onnen; and half-brother Paul Owen.

     Robert Herman Onnen was born January 31, 1929 at Lake City, Iowa.  He graduated from Rockwell City High School, with the Class of 1948.  Robert attended Buena Vista University.  In January of 1952, Robert served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict until his medical honorable discharge.  Following his military service Robert returned to Buena Vista University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Robert joined his father and uncle in Onnen Construction Co., later becoming the owner and operator.  In 1970, Robert also started working as a substitute rural mail carrier.  He retired in 1992.   On February 5, 1982 he was united in marriage to Irene Mae Clark Maulsby in Las Vegas.  Irene passed away on July 30, 2017.  Robert was a member of the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City Lions Club, and the Rockwell City Radio Control Model Airplane Club.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and traveling. 

11:00 a.m. - Monday
November 25, 2019
United Methodist Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Pastor Anita Bane
Keith Hiler
Craig Hiler
Jeff Fistler
Brent Maguire
Kim Courter
Brian Carver
10:00 a.m. - Monday
United Methodist Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist - Fran Lawson
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa
Military Graveside Rites by
Rockwell City Veterans Organization


Friday, December 27, 2019 at 2:02 PM
“Angie and Renee and family... I just learned of Bob's passing. He was a very special man and I was always so glad that he and your Mom married and traveled and made a wonderful life together. They were both very thoughtful people. I know that Mom and Dad thought "the world of both of them". I know that they are together again, at peace, and not it pain. ”
- Laura Feld

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:16 AM
“Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time. My Dad Donald was Bobs best friend in Iowa, my dad passed in 2007 from cancer but my mom stayed in touch mostly through Christmas cards and phone calls. I was very fortunate to meet Bob and Irene when they would come to NH and visit. They both were very nice people and will be missed. I apologize for the late condolences , Mom tried calling a few times and couldn't get through and I suggested I look him up, and here we saddened by his passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.”
- David & Mitzi Dillavou

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:22 PM
“Sending prayers and love to the family. I have many good memories of Bob. Our family in Rockwell City shared so many fun times. ”
- Jeanette Owen Davis

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:06 PM
“Sorry to hear this news! You have our deepest sympathies. I plan to see you on Monday. Dan J.”
- Dan Johnson

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