Robert Francis Shriver, 73, of Bettendorf, Iowa, formerly of Charles City, Iowa, passed away peacefully on the 19th day of January, 2021, at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. Per Robert's request, he will be cremated and buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Robert was born Jan. 2, 1948, in Charles City, Iowa, to James William (Bill) and Leona Mae Shriver (Idler). After proudly graduating from Charles City High School in 1966, he attended college at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, graduating with honors and distinction in 1970 with a B.A. in physics and mathematics. As a freshman, he achieved membership in Phi Eta Sigma honor society and was designated a Phi Beta Kappa recipient upon graduation. He continued in graduate school in the Business College obtaining an M.A. in operations research. While in graduate school, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) and graduated as an officer in the U.S. Army and as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served as an Army reservist for eight years following graduation.
In 1970, Robert married Joan Carol Mickelson at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Iowa. Joan and Robert were blessed with two sons, Scott Robert Shriver and Steven Michael Shriver. In 1976, Robert married Kathy Diane Mundt at Bethany Lutheran Church in Burlington, Iowa. They were blessed with a son, Robert Paul Shriver, in 1983 in Davenport, Iowa.
Robert began his career in 1972 working as a salesman for Burroughs Corp. in Davenport, Iowa. He sold and installed computers in a variety of businesses, but focused primarily on government entities and financial institutions. In 1978, he joined the consulting division of McGladrey Hansen & Dunn (RSM), a public accounting and consulting firm. He was promoted to manager in 1980 and partner in 1982. In 1987, he and another partner started a national consulting group within McGladrey which was headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. The consulting group was responsible for providing information technology consulting services to McGladrey clients on a nationwide basis. Robert took over management of the national consulting practice in 1997 and managed its 200-plus employees until semi-retiring in 2004. He then worked part-time for McGladrey until fully retiring in 2008. During his career at McGladrey he and his group achieved numerous honors for quality of service to McGladrey clients. In his spare time during his career, Robert co-authored 14 books on various business and technology topics.
In Robert's early adult years, he loved playing racquetball, jogging and playing golf. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and biking. Over the years, he made numerous fishing trips to Wisconsin and Canada focusing on walleye, pike and bass. Robert also was an avid sports fan, loving his Iowa Hawkeyes. He was interested in all college and professional football and professional golf. Robert went on two mission trips to Guatemala representing his church, Grace Lutheran of Davenport, Iowa.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; a brother, James (Chandler, Ariz.); and three sons, Scott (Robin) of Urbandale, Iowa, Steve (Andrea) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Rob of Marion, Iowa; grandchildren, Hadley, Lindsay, Chloey, Harper, Greyson and Chris; great-grandchild, Gavin; and Kathy's family, with whom he was close.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.