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Robert Knoop

September 27, 2018
Dysart Reporter

Robert Dean Knoop, 83, of Dysart, died at home of heart failure on September 18, 2018. He was born on September 30, 1934, the son of Theodore and Hilda (Matthiesen) Knoop. Robert grew up on the family farm and attended school in Dysart, graduating with the class of 1953. He attended Iowa State University for two years, then helped on the farm before entering the Army in 1957. He served with the 7th Army for two years as a medic, mostly in Germany. In 1957, Robert married Ellen Lamb in Belle Plaine. They farmed near Keystone before moving to their present farm southwest of Dysart in 1966. Robert was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many days fishing locally and also in Canada and Alaska. Robert enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was known for generously distributing produce, baked goods, and jerky to the community. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Norman. He is survived by his wife of 61 years; three daughters, Lisa (Jerry) Messer of Dysart, Lori (Jerry) Wauters of Elberon, and Leanne (Rick) Koenigs of Marshalltown; seven grandchildren, Justin and Kaitlin Messer, Kelsey, Jared, and Joel Wauters, and Nicole and Justin Koenigs; and seven great grandchildren.

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