Robert F. Plattenberger, 96, of Martelle, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, surrounded by family. As a citizen, Robert was quietly attentive; as a son, dutiful; as a husband, loving and constant; as a father and grandfather, patient and kind; as a friend, loyal. His presence enhanced his community. In short, he was as honest a man as ever God with his image blest.
The celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 17, at the Martelle United Methodist Church with Pastor Sue Ellen Sherman and Pastor Carla Burge officiating. A visitation and lunch will follow the service. A private burial will be at the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Beatty-Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
On Nov. 15, 1921, Robert was born at home in rural Mount Vernon, to Leila (Barr) and Luther Plattenberger. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1940 and attended Iowa State University. Robert was united in marriage to Roberta Mae Wilson on Feb. 18, 1945, in Mount Vernon. They made their home in Martelle, where they farmed the rest of their lives.
Robert was an avid reader. When reading became too difficult, he listened to hundreds of Talking Books from the Commission for the Blind. He enjoyed his grandchildren, traveling and fishing. He was a longtime member of the Martelle United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his daughters, Margaret Sadeghpour-Kramer (Monte) of Mount Vernon, Marilyn Bauch (Jared) of Traer and Dr. Robin Plattenberger Gilmore (Richard) of Washington, Iowa; sister, Mary Carol Lambertsen of Anamosa; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Roberta, on Jan. 2, 2013; daughter, Barbara, on Sept. 27, 2009; and one grandson, Robert.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of the Library (Talking Books), c/o Marilyn Bauch, 902 Mill St., Traer, IA 50675.