Bob Uttenreuther passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 26, at Valley Evangelical Free Church in West Des Moines, with burial to follow at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines.
Bob was born on June 9, 1955, in Evanston, IL. He grew up in Skokie, IL and in 1977 married Laura Campbell of Glenview, IL. In 1981 they moved to Des Moines where they raised their family. He worked for Kreuger Amoco and in 1994 opened R.J.'s Service Center which he owned and operated for the past 16 years.
Bob had a passion for music. He sang in the church choir and delighted people with his music as a member of Bob's Garage Band.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert John Uttenreuther, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Laura, his son Robert John "R.J." Uttenreuther III, his daughter Lindsey (Tom) Klidzejs, his children he adopted in his heart, Holly Hyde, Nick (Jodi) Hyde, Lane (Missy) Hyde, his mother, Barbara Uttenreuther, his brother James (Judy) Uttenreuther, brother-in-law, Wren (Bonnie) Campbell, mother-in-law, Mable Campbell and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Evangelical Free Church.
Bob was a loving son, husband and father. He touched many lives with his generous heart and was a friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.