Robert J. Gaines, 91, of Mount Vernon, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Funeral services: 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon, by the Rev. Lori Wunder. Visitation: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Gary Gaines, Pamela (Jonathan) Sabin and Cindy (Mike) Hall; grandchildren, Rebecca, Vanessa, Tara, Mick and Julian; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bob was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Marion, Iowa, the son of George and Verdia (Grommen) Gaines. After graduating from high school, Bob served in the U.S. Army. On April 2, 1948, he married Dorothy Krumm in Cedar Rapids. Early in his career, he worked with his father operating their quarry and excavating business, G.W. Gaines & Son. Later he joined with his son as Gaines Design and Construction. Bob's vision and work can be found in many buildings and projects in the area.
Bob was very active in the Mount Vernon community, serving as member and chief of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, member of Hahn Howard American Legion Post 480 and an elder at First Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; son, Steven; and granddaughter, Sharon.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be used for a memorial bench.
Please share your support and memories with Bob's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.