Robert Leon Offerman
Robert Leon Offerman, 94, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at his home. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Central City, Iowa. A private family funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Sept. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairieburg, Iowa, conducted by the Rev. Nick March. Friends are asked to join the family for burial at 11:15 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Cemetery in Prairieburg. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
Robert was born Aug. 5, 1926, near Oneida, Iowa, the second son of Edward J. and Matilda (Crim) Offerman. He grew up east of Oneida, starting his education there before the family moved near Buck Creek in 1937. He was united in marriage to Mary Josephine Green at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, on June 12, 1950. Robert and Mary Jo farmed near Delhi, Hopkinton, and Strawberry Point before moving to the Prairieburg area in 1955. Robert was a lifelong farmer, and enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, raising horses and mules, and trips to the Amish.
Robert is survived and lovingly remembered by his five sons, Edward of Coggon, Carl (Sue) of Anamosa, Leo (Julie) of Center Point, Marcus of Marion and Tim of Monticello; two daughters, Monica (Mark) Alderson of Cedar Rapids and Marge (Jay) McDonald of Vinton; eight grandchildren, Misty (Nathan) Cottrell, Ashlee Schantz, Natalee (Joel) Havel, J'nee (Darren) Reade, Kylee (Jared) Winn, Mike (Sara) Alderson, Kristina (Bobby) Rowden and Shelby McDonald; four step-grandchildren; Jim Thielen, Ken Thielen, Anita Debo and Chad McDonald; 12 great-grandchildren, Garrett, Allee, Landen, Macoy, Jordy, Isaac, Crosby, Clancee, Hayden, Gaige, Wrigley and Cooper; five step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Virgil (Betty) Offerman and Lyle Offerman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Jo, on Nov. 1, 1988; daughter-in-law, Darlene Offerman, on Sept. 5, 2020; two brothers, Orville (Geraldine) Offerman and Andrew Offerman; two sisters, Helen (Vic) Wilson and Verna Mae (Joseph) Thole; and in-laws, Kathryn Offerman, Roland "Ted" (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vincent) Kremer, Loras Green, Mary "Estelle" (Frank) Simon, Joseph Green, Arnold (Lois) Green, John "Robert" (Helen) Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Oscar (Bernice) Green and Charlie Green.
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