In Memory of Robert "Bob" Mollhoff

Robert "Bob" Mollhoff
Robert "Bob" Mollhoff
Born: March 2, 1940
Died: April 21, 2021
Age: 81
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Robert "Bob" Mollhoff
March 2, 1940 - April 21, 2021
From: Odebolt, IA

Robert “Bob” Mollhoff, age 81, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 26, 2021, at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. Ken Miller will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family requests that masks be worn and social distancing rules apply. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Robert William Mollhoff, the son of William and Erma (Rhodes) Mollhoff, was born March 2, 1940, in Hawarden, IA. Bob’s childhood was spent living in Hawarden with his parents and two sisters. He attended Hawarden Community Schools where he graduated in 1959. Bob was united in marriage to Karel Kratochvil on August 18, 1961. Following their marriage, Bob and Karel lived and worked in Sioux City until August of 1964 when they moved to Springfield, SD, so Bob could attend college. Bob graduated with his degree and teaching certificate from Southern State College in 1968 and that fall he started his teaching career at Schleswig Community Schools. In 1970 Bob started work for Odebolt-Arthur Schools where he was a middle science teacher and coach until his retirement in 2004. During his time at OAMS, Mr. Mollhoff could be found in his science room in Arthur, coaching middle school football and basketball or officiating football and basketball games.

Bob was a longtime and active member of Odebolt United Methodist Church. Upon his retirement from teaching, Bob enjoyed traveling with Karel and the “couples’ group”, playing golf, watching sports, cheering on his Hawkeyes, attending the activities of his grandkids, and spending every opportunity being a loving husband, a great father and most importantly being “Papa” to his grandkids. Bob was never a man of many words but his caring and devotion to his school district, community, church, friends and most importantly family was evident through his actions.  Bob’s retirement years were spent looking forward to golf season and the fellowship of league play, fall tailgating at football games, learning to cheer on the Cyclones in addition to his Hawkeyes, and traveling to any and all activities of his cherished grandkids.

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Bob passed away in hospice care at Horn Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents William (Bill) and Erma Mollhoff, sister in-law Karleen Kratochvil and brother in-laws, Phil Thorell, E.J. Eaton and Craig Marsh.

He will lovingly be remembered by his wife Karel Mollhoff of Odebolt, IA; sisters Beverly Eaton and Barbara Marsh both of Martin, TN; his three children: Teresa (Delane) Galvin of Ankeny, IA, Tyleen (Kevin) Smith of Tulsa, OK and Travis (Jen) Mollhoff of Carroll, IA; grandchildren: Brody Galvin, Payton Smith, Addie Smith, Tyler Mollhoff, Caden Mollhoff, Ava Mollhoff and Austin Mollhoff; several brother and sister in-laws; nieces, nephews and numerous friends.




10:30 a.m., Monday,
April 26, 2021
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa

Link to Facebook Live of the Funeral Service: 


Rev. Ken Miller


Al Wilke
Denny Youngquist
LaDon Siebrecht
Pat Reis
Brody Galvin
Tyler Mollhoff


3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday,
April 25, 2021
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Because He Lives"

Mindy Miller, Organist


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:43 PM
“What a guy...…………… from having him as a teacher for the good old OAMS school years to being able to have him and Carol on some of my Emerald Club trips and making different memories that way, he will be missed by many”
- Wendy Lorenzen
Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:46 PM
“I remember Bob for his smile and gentle work. He was a pillar for the church. Rest in peace Bob. ”
- Bruce Henderson
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“I loved my days at OAMS!! We had the BEST Teachers and Mr. Mollhoff was one of them! My condolences to my class mate Tyleen and the entire Family. We are the Trojans of the OAMS.....💜💛
Bridget Schuldt Drey”
- Bridget Drey
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“So sorry to hear about Mr. Mollhoff’s passing. We enjoyed having him as our teacher in middle school. RIP! ”
- Tyler and Emily Leinbaugh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“One of my favorite teachers at OAHS. My sincerest condolences to the family.”
- Michael Klus
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“You said it best, Mr. Mullhoff was a man of few words but when he spoke you had better make sure you were listening because it was going to be insightful. He had a quiet way of motivating you to be better. I have very fond memories of Bob throughout my middle school days at OAMS and on the football field. You never wanted to disappoint him because he was so genuine. May you rest in peace Mr. Mullhoff and I hope you know how may lives you touched! Thoughts and prayers to Bob's family. ”
- Jimmie Harms
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“Dear Karel and family, I am keeping you in my prayers as you grieve the loss of your dear husband and father, Bob. I will always remember Bob as being a quiet, dedicated man during my association with him as an Odebolt-Arthur colleague I admired him as a dedicated teacher who always regarded his students as top priority. His professionalism always served as a role model. Great teacher, great man...blessings to his family.”
- Marilyn Buehler
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“Karel and family--Glenn and I want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Heaven has gained a new angel.”
- Glenn & Sally Becker
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:32 AM
“I have many fond memories from my time at OAMS. My sincere condolences to the whole family”
- Melanie Danielson
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“To Bob's family: I coached against Bob, I really got to know through our West Central days. He was as nice man I ever was associated with. He will be missed. You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“We always have found memories of all of you and Bob was such a steady, calm guy, perfect for students”
- Dick and Nancy Profit
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“Sympathy to family. Bob was a fellow teacher with me at O-A. Always a thoughtful person and a professional in the teaching profession. \”
- Eldo Moeller
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Mollhoff! He was one of my favorite teacher s at Odebolt-Arthur. His classes always made me look forward to the day ahead! He was a great coach to play for as well! Rest in peace Mr. Mollhoff! You helped so many lives!”
- Austin Gibson
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