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Robert Yauslin


Robert F. Yauslin's 80th birthday would have been Aug. 30, 2016, if he had not passed so suddenly on Jan. 4, 2016. Words can't describe the broken hearts and absolute pain of missing him throughout this year by his wife, Rochelle, and children, Nancy, Michael (Cathy) and Lisa. Now with his birthday here, Rochelle wanted to share this picture and inform everyone in Cedar Rapids, his birthplace, of his passing and to be aware of his birthday on Aug. 30.
Robert passed away in Largo, Fla., on Jan. 4, 2016.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Rochelle; their children, Nancy, Michael (Cathy) and Lisa; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Robert was cremated in Largo, Fla., where ashes remain with Rochelle. When she passes, she will be cremated and both of their ashes will be buried together in their resting place at Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Robert started his life in Marion, Iowa, where he met the woman of his dreams, Rochelle Thurston, from Cedar Rapids. Robert graduated from Marion High School in 1954 and went into the Coast Guard right after graduation with three of his most trusted buddies, also from the Marion/Cedar Rapids area. After boot camp, he was stationed in New Orleans, where he sent for Rochelle and they were married on Feb. 19, 1955. Robert proudly served in the Coast Guard for four years. He ended his military career as a yeoman, 2nd class.
Once out of the military, Robert, Rochelle and baby Nancy moved back to Iowa, where Robert became employed with the U.S. Postal Service. He transferred from Iowa to the Jacksonville, Fla., post office, and had two more children, Michael and Lisa. He served 34 years with the postal service, retiring as manager of personnel.
During the time of his postal service career, Rochelle and Robert took a couple of trips to London, England, in which one of the trips included watching the Berlin Wall come down. Enjoying history, they thought it was a remarkable event to happen in one person's lifetime, but they got to share that adventure together. For them, there were other adventures as well. Travel was something they both had a yearning for.
Once Robert retired they bought a 30-foot camper and put it behind a vehicle and off they went. They traveled the United States for 10 years. As Robert drove, Rochelle made the log entries. They saw every state in the United States at least twice in those 10 years. Again, accomplishing something else they always wanted to do together!
Robert and Rochelle resided in Largo, Fla., in March 2001. It was there that they settled as a retired couple and their final resting nest. They poured their hearts into improving their home, making it their own masterpiece. Robert was quite talented with any type of woodsman tool, saw, re-upholstery job or just anything he put his mind to. Rochelle demonstrated her skills at interior decorating. As usual, they worked together to create their beautiful home, once again, pleasing each other.
While now it is just Rochelle that we see in Fairway Village of Largo, we know that Robert can't be but an arm's length away!