In Memory of Robert "Bob" G. Carnine

Robert "Bob" G. Carnine
Robert "Bob" G. Carnine
Born: March 14, 1930
Died: January 9, 2023
Age: 92
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Robert "Bob" G. Carnine
March 14, 1930 - January 9, 2023
From: Odebolt, IA

Robert G. “Bob” Carnine, age 92, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, at the Odebolt Specialty Care of Odebolt, Iowa.

Private Family Services will be held at a later date.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Bob Carnine, whose superpower was talking, grew quiet and passed away on January 9, 2023, under the watchful eyes of nurse granddaughter, Jenny and the compassionate staff at Odebolt Specialty Care.

Bob, who was born on March 14, 1930, had grown weary of the health challenges he faced at age 92. He was looking forward to joining his best friend and wife of 54 years, Bev, who preceded him in death in 2005. Bob was able to remain in his own home in Odebolt until the last few weeks of life because of the tremendous support of many friends and family members, especially Myrna and Rick, along with the staff of Gentiva (Kindred) Hospice.

Bob's life was centered in Odebolt. He loved the town and its people. Over the years Bob served his community as city council member, mayor, and general good guy citizen. He sought out ways to help, from putting up the town's holiday decorations to getting cats out of trees. Bob worked locally for the power company and took great pride in keeping on the lights and heat, even during the worst of blizzards. After Bob retired and grew older, he continued to make the rounds in Odebolt, stopping by businesses to share treats and tell stories (many of them repeats!)

Rather than retelling Bob's early life stories and he had many, know that he had a full life as a son, grandson and brother of 16 siblings. He became a husband, brother-in-law, uncle, father of Pam, Ron, and Julie, father-in-law, grandfather of three, great-grandfather of five, and great-great-grandfather of two. He had good neighbors and hundreds of friends.

Bob's ashes will be buried this spring next to his wife at the Odebolt Cemetery. Bob insisted "there should be no fuss" after he died. Instead, he wanted people to "Come sit with me." on the bench by Bob's and Bev's graves. Whether you say a prayer or recall a special memory, Bob advises you plan your visitation during warm weather as that stone bench is cold!

To celebrate Bob's life, he would want you to pet a dog, feed the cardinals, give a child a two dollar bill, tell a bad joke, tell that same bad joke again, hug your kids and tell them you love them (even when they're 67 years old), watch the sunset, find the man in the moon, go for a ride around Black Hawk Lake, and always be on the lookout for eagles, deer, fox, river otters, goats, and even skunks. Most of all, appreciate your home, family, friends and community.  To further honor Bob, his family would like to support the Odebolt Betterment Committee. The Committee works hard to improve Odebolt while maintaining its history. Its members are currently working on a memorial circle project.  You may make a contribution in Bob's name directly to the Odebolt Betterment Committee, addressed to Vicki Beckman, P.O. Box 434, Odebolt, IA 51458.


At A Later Date


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:26 AM
“thanks serving our community”
- John Bensley (Jack)
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 10:07 AM
“Uncle Bob was definitely one of a kind! He was always looking out for his big extended family whether it was taking flowers to all of the family graves all over the area, sharing his massive amount of family history, checking in on families after their time of loss and I could go on & on....a definite great patriarch of the Carnine family!”
- Kim Marie Carnine
Monday, January 16, 2023 at 1:55 PM
“My Sympathy to all the family. I know Kevin Mason and Kris Mason Manteufel and I knew Cedora. You have my condolences”
- Christina Frank
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 2:08 PM
“I’ll never forget the story about you feeding Molly the skunk. I love you Uncle Bob. ”
- Berta
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 9:10 AM
“We were sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Even more sorry that we never got to see him while still around. He was the witness we needed for our marriage license in 1984. He worked with Steve at Mid American. We always boasted that we had the mayor of Odebolt on our marriage license. Rest in Peace, Carmine.”
- Steve and Marilyn Kofmehl
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 9:10 AM
“Uncle Bob was a great guy. He was very kind and had a good sense of humor. ”
- Kevin Mason
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