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Robert D. Erenberger


Robert D. Erenberger, 81,
of Marion, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Springville Presbyterian Church, Springville. A Celebation of Life will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church, conducted by the Rev. David Snyder. Inurnment will take place at a later date.
Bob was born June 25, 1936, on the family farm in Ely, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Lillian (Trpkosh) Erenberger. He graduated from Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids in 1954 and then attended the University of Iowa. Bob proudly served in the National Guard. He married Janice Lefebure and, to this union, four children were born. They later divorced, and on Feb. 23, 1974, he married Beverly (Crowe) Newnum. Bob worked for 38 years at Rockwell Collins, retiring in 1994 as a manager of mechanical design. He was an active member of Springville Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder, sang in the church choir, and was the soundman. He also was the chairman of the church expansion committee in 1994. Bob was an accomplished accordion player and played for 19 years with the Iowa Rangers dance band. He was an original member of the Rockwell Collins Men's Chorus and the Rockwell Good-Bye Guys quartet. Growing up on the family farm gave Bob the love of gardening, mowing lawn and caring for the birds and squirrels. He also enjoyed traveling. Bob loved his Lord, church family and his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Beverly of Marion; children, Debra Stigers of Cedar Rapids, Diane (Jeff) Graham of Swisher, Donna (Rick) Raub of Dysart, and Mark (LeAnn) Erenberger of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren, Nathan (Danette) Bernacki, Jordan (Caylene) Bernacki, Dustin (Jenn) Bernacki, Brianne (Brad) Cummins, Rylie and Lindsey Graham, Taylor and Jacob Raub, and Kendall Erenberger; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kay Erenberger; and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Donald and his wife, Ruth, Vernon, and Kenneth and his wife, RaeJean.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Springville Presbyterian Church in Bob's memory.
Please share a memory of Robert at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.