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“I was Bobs friend and caregiver. I took care of him a couple times after he came out of the hospital. He always made me laugh...God Bless you Bob... ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Sally Houser - Centerville, IA

“It was so unusual to go home to Centerville and talk to someone that new my dad. My dad Doyle Curtis died 55 years ago, but Bob remembered him and...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Gary and Cheryl (Curtis) Burrows - FL

“My thoughts and Prayers are with all of Bobs family. Paul and I knew Bob through the Scrap buisness. He was a joy to be around. Remembering the way...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Peggy Jackson - Des Moines, IA

“I have only known Bob for the last 14 month, since we have put together a Regional Board of REALTORS together. But Bob has shown us his great work...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara Kerr Executive Office - South East Iowa Board of REALTORS - IA

“So long Rozy, May you be singing with Angles and thank you for always be so generous to the Numa kids that came over to shop for bike parts at your...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Brian Harrington - Dallas, TX

“I have fond memories of Bob and his friendship. I enjoyed many exclusive meals with Bob at the Brown Basket. Junior Brown (the Chef) always treated...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: sam sweeden - South Bend, IN

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man who will be greatly missed. ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: The Ewings- Margery, Marilyn, Matthew, Becky and Sarah, Tony and Kelly - IA

“Only knew Bob in passing but always enjoyed talking to him. May he rest in peace. David Oden ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: David Oden - Keosauqua, IA

“Saddened by this news. Having only met Bob a few years ago, he was welcoming to a stranger. Always had a smile and asked how you are doing. You will...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Bob & Jackie Crouse - Arcadia, OK

“Bob was one of my first employers setting mobile homes and helping taking care of his car wash. Great person to work for. He always remembered me and...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Norm Houser - Centerville, IA

“Bob Rosencrants is a name that I have never forgotten in my 57 years, nor ever will. I hadn't seen Bob for a very long time, probably since the mid...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Mark Cochran

“Bob was a humble man who always had a smile and "hello" for you. We have so enjoyed getting to know him these last few years. He was an awesome...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Vaness Oden - Cincinnati, IA

“Hauled a lot cattle for Bob. Moved he and his Dad from the Lake front into town. Had a lot of good conversations over the years. He was a good friend...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Kendell Oden - Cincinnati, IA

“So sorry to hear about Bob,he will be greatly missed by the community ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Treasa Gage - Centerville, IA

“Bob was a one of a kind guy, always smiling and joking. Will miss this friend. Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson

“What a great friend Bob was, having worked with him for many many years. He always had a friendly HI for you. Will be missed. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Janet Demry - Centerville, IA

“sorry for the lost of Bob I send prayers to the family ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: autumn hall - Cincinnati, IA

“I'm so sorry to hear this. My prayers being sent to you all today. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: janice wright - moravia, IA

“Sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and long time friend. We will miss him! ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Tom and Colene Chebuhar - IA

“R.I.P. Dear friend, I can't think of life without you here. You have taught me allot. God Bless you on your new adventure. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara Melvin - Centerville, IA

“Sorry to hear of your loss. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: nellie thomas - Centerville, IA

“Very nice gentleman will be missed ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Joe Wymer

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Robert "Bob" Rosencrants, age 88 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at Centerville Care Center.

Bob was born on September 25, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Henry and Blanche (Luckett) Rosencrants.

After graduating from Moravia High School, Bob joined the United States Navy on May 7, 1946. From Pearl Harbor to China, Bob enjoyed the opportunity to see the world while serving his country faithfully.

Following his discharge from the Navy in 1948, Bob found work on the railroad as a fireman. A hot and tedious job that led to a life-long appreciation for steam engines and rail roads.

Bob's first business was a radiator repair shop on 7th Street in Centerville in the early 1950s. In the mid 1950s Bob created a scrap metal business on Elm Street which he sold in the early 1970s. Self financed and built from the bottom up, Bob created a thriving scrap business, working seven days a week, 16 hours a day.

An entrepreneur at heart, Bob spent much of his adult life putting deals together. In the late 1960's Bob went into the used automobile business, eventually adding mobile homes and recreational vehicles.

In the early 1980s, Bob made a successful leap into the real estate business starting Action Realty, Rosie's Mini Storage, Rosie's Rentals, and Rosencrants Farms.

Work was Bob's life. He had a passion for making deals. He believed in overcoming adversity through perseverance. He never wanted to retire.

Bob was active in many groups throughout his lifetime, including the American Legion, the VFW-Post # 526, the Masons, and the Centerville Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his son, Robert Rosencrants of Carlisle, Iowa; three grandchildren, Benjamin (Kristin) Rosencrants of Atlanta, Georgia, Aaron Rosencrants of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rachel Rosencrants of Port Townsend, Washington; two great grandchildren, Brynn and Kendall Rosencrants; a brother, Ben (Mary) Rosencrants of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Rebecca (Dwight) Robb of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Rose Stayton.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa, with the funeral eulogy provided by Bob's son, Robert Rosencrants. A Masonic Service will be conducted during the funeral. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa, with military rites. A visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to Care Initiatives Hospice or to the Centerville VFW, Post # 526 and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at