In Memory of Robert I. Evans

Robert I. Evans
Robert I. Evans
Born: April 27, 1942
Died: April 23, 2018
Age: 75
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Robert I. Evans
April 27, 1942 - April 23, 2018
From: Odebolt, IA

Robert I. Evans, age 75, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home, of Odebolt, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Robert Ivan Evans, age 75, passed away at his home near Odebolt, IA on April 23, 2018. Robert was born April 27, 1942, to Meta (Pagel) and Ivan Leroy Evans of Mason City, IA. He was educated in the Mason City school systems, NIACC, and the University of Iowa. He was a member of the Boy Scouts. Robert was baptized at St. James Lutheran and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City.

On June 6, 1964, Robert married Dorothy Fox at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt, IA.  Two children were born to this union, Rachel Dian on August 20, 1968 and Matthew Jeremy on July 30, 1971. Robert and Dorothy made their home on the family farm near Odebolt for over 50 years.  

Robert’s hobbies consisted of fishing and hunting in the Mason City area and later on in the Odebolt, IA area. He raised pheasants, quail and partridge. He also enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. He was an avid bowler for many years at the lanes in Odebolt and Ida Grove. Robert was a past Clinton Township trustee and was also past Master of Wheeler Masonic Lodge-Odebolt. Robert had love for most all types of music. He enjoyed singing in his high school choir as well as other choirs.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; daughter Rachel (Jon) Miller; son Matthew (Debra) Evans; grandchildren Madison A. Cerizo (fiancé Don Halverson), Sydney N. Cerizo (special friend Ryan Johnson), Devin M. Cerizo, Brandt M. Evans, Braedan J. Evans, Brenna K. Evans; sister Delores Miller; brother Glenn Evans; nieces Emily (Alan) Williams, Riley and Ashlyn; other nieces and nephews; as well as many dear and valued friends.   

He was preceded in death by his parents Ivan and Meta Evans; in-laws Paul and Fern Fox.

“The impact we have on the lives of others is our only true legacy.
This is the only thing that truly lasts when we are gone.”
And we are the sum total of everyone we have known.



Honorary Pallbearers:

Madison Cerizo
Sydney Cerizo
Devin Cerizo                 
Brandt Evans
Braedan Evans
Brenna Evans




2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday
April 29, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


Monday, May 7, 2018 at 11:47 AM
“Bob's gentle spirit and his vast knowledge of birds will be greatly missed at Kathy's Korner. What a fine man we have lost.”
- Linda Reida
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9:27 PM
“Prayers to your whole family! Robert will be missed by all who knew him, but his memories will live on!”
- Fred and Jennifer Olson
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9:27 PM
“Dorothy and family,
Extending our love and deepest sympathy to you at this time.
The loss of a husband, father and grandfather is hard to bear,
but let your wonderful memories of a life shared with him
sustain you in the times ahead. We deeply feel your loss.
Jack and Rita Holmes and family”
- Rita and Jack Holmes
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:15 PM
“Dorothy, Rachel, Matt, and family--we are so saddened by Robert's passing. We will always remember his warm smile and his infectious laugh. We know he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Glenn & Sally Becker
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:15 PM
“We are both so very sorry for your loss, Robert was a gentle, caring and such a welcoming man! He will be terribly missed for his friendly spirit! God's blessings to Dorothy and family, Hugs Gary and Penny”
- penny wicker
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM
“Dear Neighbors—so many memories of Bob. I am not sure where to start. Surprised by his passing. He is still 50 years old to me!! Miss you all and so sorry he is gone ”
- Stacey Profit Neu
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM
“Dorothy and family...I was very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I fondly recall our days of living in Odebolt and Lake View and gathering to play cards. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ‘Pictures can be taken by a camera, a persons eyes, and your heart. Those taken by the human eye and heart can never be lost.’ Hold those memories and pictures close now and in the days ahead.”
- Fern Langbein
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:13 AM
“Rachel & family,
Praying for your family through this time that God will be with you now and in those moments, those firsts and many moments after - may He be with you in the form of friends and family when you need them most. And may your dad be with you as you share your memories with others!! ”
- Carl & Stephanie Napp
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:41 PM
“Dorothy, Rachel and Matt---We are so sorry for your deep loss; our thoughts and prayers go out to your family!!”
- Frank and Diane Neville
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:41 PM
“Cousin (Velma) just let me know about this. I'm so sorry to hear it. I'll have you, Dorothy, and your family in my daily prayers. With my love, Jan”
- Janis (Reinschmidt) Andol
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:41 PM
“So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Dale Smith
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:41 PM
“Dorothy, Rachel and Matt, I absolutely could not believe it when I heard of Bobs passing. My heart goes out to you for your loss. After all the years in the Country Inn and Jerzees we were like family. Will never forget him. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. I bet I know what he is doing right now, toasting with Doc!
- Susan Green
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:43 AM
“Dorothy and family, We are so sad to hear of Bob passing away. You have our families sympathy. He was a funny and an awesome guy! Hugs to you all!!!”
- Barnie Goettsch
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:43 AM
You and your family are in my thoughts. I’m so sorry for your loss.”
- Jess Hudspeth
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:43 AM
“Our love and prayers, Dorothy and family. Our sympathies as you deal with the loss of Uncle Bob. Love you all.
- Marcia and Mike Evans
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:43 AM
“Dorothy, Rachel and Matt - Our family sends prayers for you to wrap yourselves in all the memories and love that will be shared in the coming weeks. They will sustain you forever. God bless you all. ”
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:43 AM
“Sending our love and prayers to all during this difficult time. So deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you! ”
- Maleia Gessner
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:10 PM
“Dorothy, Rachel, Matt and families - keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time! {{HUGS}} Wylene (Redenius) Wessel”
- Wylene Wessel
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:10 PM
“Rachael thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Sorry for your loss he will be missed. ”
- Alan Buschmann
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:10 PM
“Aunt Dorthory, Raechel, Matt and families, So sorry for your loss. We will miss Great Bob. 💛💙😪😪My you find comfort in your many memories. ”
- Pat Whitfield
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