Robert J. Hermsen, 64, of Belle Plaine, passed away suddenly June 28, 2020.
Bob was the first child of Virgil and Mary Ann Hermsen, born April 3, 1956 and raised in New Vienna. Bob graduated from Beckman High school and Ellsworth College where he met his wonderful wife Teresa Malecek and married in 1978 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Belle Plaine.
They had a beautiful life together raising their four children, Anne Hermsen (spouse Graham Critch), Katie Grosz (spouse Kyle Grosz) all of Portland, OR, Andrew Hermsen of Des Moines, and Chris Hermsen (partner Rochelle Hunter) of Portland, OR. Bob also had just received the news from Katie that he was going to become a grandfather. He was a son to Virgil Hermsen of New Vienna and a brother to Deb (Gary) Osterhaus of Petersburg, Pat (Kim) Hermsen, of New Vienna, Sue (Joe) Kluesner, of New Vienna, Mike (Tiffany) Hermsen, of Kansas City, MO, Sara (Gary) Goedken, of Worthington and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and many more loving family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Ann Hermsen, niece Abby Osterhaus, and nephew Greg Osterhaus.
During his life, Bob resided in New Vienna, Marshalltown, Webster City, Breda, Sac City, Storm Lake, Manchester, where they raised their family, before settling in Belle Plaine, Iowa. He worked for over 40 years in Ag business and won many sales awards during that time. He drove for Iowa Mold after his retirement in 2018. Bob and Teresa own the flower shop Timber Gate Gardens. He also restored homes and a downtown building, which received the Main Street Iowa Best Restoration award in 2013. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and the Belle Plaine Beautification Group. Music was always a big part of Bob’s life, from the infamous Webster City band The Disappointments, opening for Tom T Hall, to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Belle Plaine.
Bob was the most loyal, funny, caring and proud husband and dad. He loved to take rides in the Cutlass with Teresa and his dog Max, travel to Portland, Oregon to visit three of his kids, and work on projects with his son Andrew. Bob always opened his heart to extended family and his community. The endless memories Bob created with his fun-loving family will no doubt endure for eternity.
Mass of Christian Burial was 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2020 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Belle Plaine with the Rev. Dennis Conway and Deacon Joe Behounek officiating. Burial took place at Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine, with extended celebration at the Malecek farm following burial.
Visitation was from 11-1 p.m. prior to the service at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service, Belle Plaine. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.neuhausfuneralservice.com
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