Robert Raymond Sirois, 91, longtime resident of Iowa City, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. A rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Iowa City. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Regina Foundation.
Bob was born July 6, 1927, in Pittsfield, Maine, the son of Ivan and Emma (Franck) Sirois. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy. Robert attended Maine Central Institute and the University of Maine, and then transferred and graduated from Husson Business College in Bangor, Maine. In 1952. he met his future wife, Jan, at his sister Terri's wedding to Jan's brother Don. They fell in love and were married on May 8, 1954. They remained happily married for 62 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2016. In 1958, Bob and Jan moved from Toledo, Ohio, to Iowa City, where they raised their five children.
Bob was an accountant for Oral B Laboratories for 32 years, retiring in 1989. He was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree. Bob enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially at his cabin in the Boundary Waters. He was an avid fisherman and guide for the family. Bob loved to spend time with his family and tell stories.
Bob is survived by his five children, John (Lori) Sirois of Milwaukee, Wis., Mark (Bonnie) Sirois of Des Moines, Lorie (Bill) Graham of Iowa City, Jim (Linda Muller) Sirois of Iowa City and Bill (Michelle Kattchee) Sirois of Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, Rachel, Ryann, Josh (Angela), Bryan, Michael, Christopher, Jordan Winter, Kevin, Alec, Marissa and Michaela Sirois; his sister, Theresa Blaser of Florida; sister-in-law, Betsy Sirois of North Carolina; and his brother-in-law, Father John Blaser of Oregon, Ohio.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Sirois; parents; three brothers, Maurice, Richard and David Sirois; two sisters-in-law, Ada Sirois and Mary Blaser; and two brothers-in-law, Donald Blaser and Eugene "Bus" Blaser.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.