Robert Harold Gaffey, 93, of Iowa City, died peacefully at his home on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at St. Mary's Church in Iowa City. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, Iowa City Hospice or the Iowa City Regina Foundation.
Robert was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Holbrook, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Loretta Donohoe Gaffey. He attended country schools and graduated from Parnell High School in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Anthony. He was a member of American Legion Post 17 of Iowa City. On June 4, 1951, Robert married Marian Halsch Mann at St. Mary's Church in Iowa City. She died in 2010.
Robert retired from the U.S. Postal Service Iowa City Post Office after being a rural mail carrier for 30 years. He was a member of the Rural Carriers Association.
Robert enjoyed reading and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Susan Wolf, and her children, David (Kari), Gregory and Patrick (Heather) Wolf; Michael (Donna) Gaffey, and their children, Scott (Kayla) and Andrew Gaffey; JoAnn Gaffey; Jayne Brogan, and her children, Bryan Brogan, Sarah (Matt) Vajgrt and Amanda Brogan; Martin (Mary) Gaffey, and their children, Robert P. (Jeni) Gaffey, Heather (Matt) Walker, Joseph (Allie) and Hillary Gaffey; Timothy (Mary Ann) Gaffey; and James (Sally) Gaffey, and their children, Kristen, Daniel, Ashley and Joshua Gaffey; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Cody, Lucille and Eliza Wolf, Jordan Shreffler, AedanSkye, Noah, Aiden, Alexis, Avery, Violet and Cecilia Gaffey; Jackson Schindler, Lauren and Kate Walker and Hemi Gould; siblings, John (Helen) Gaffey of Williamsburg, Iowa, Madeline Beran of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Margery (Richard) Coates of Denver, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Robert was preceded in death by parents; his wife, Marian; brothers, Joseph (Laura) and Bernard (Therese) Gaffey; sisters, Geraldine (Gene) Gaffey Ross and Mary Loretta (Harry) Gaffey Wagner; brother-in-law, Harold Beran; and sons-in-law, Donald Wolf and Paul Brogan.
The family would like to thank Iowa City Hospice for all the care and compassion our father was given during his final days.
Memorial condolences may be made at lensingfuneral.com.