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Bob Cuvelier

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Bob Cuvelier age 84 of Lawler, IA died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Linn Haven Rehab & Healthcare in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, with Rev. Nick March celebrating the Mass. Bob Huinker will be the organist and vocalist. Interment will be held in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Lawler, with Bob’s sons, John, Gary, Richard, Tom, Paul, and Mark serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Don and Judy Benz, Scott and Doris Anderson, Jay and Margaret Uhlenhake, Ken and Linda Schaufenbuel, Don and Sharl Kurtenbach, and Kent and Linda Cuvelier. Friends may greet the family 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler where there will be a 3:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Hugeback – Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Bob Gene Cuvelier was born July 28, 1930, in Nowata, OK, the son of Elmore and Iva (Vincent) Cuvelier. He attended country schools in Butler County and was a graduate of Dumont High School in 1949. After graduation, Bob worked on the family farm with his parents. The family moved to the Lawler area in 1950 where Bob continued to farm. Bob was introduced to Dolores Bodensteiner and the couple was married January 19, 1955 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. To this union six sons were born. Bob farmed near Lawler until the early 1960’s. He continued to work in the Agriculture Field working for various Co-ops and Feed companies. Bob worked for the Iowa Department of Agriculture as an Ag Product Inspector until his retirement in 2000. Following retirement, he worked at CASH Lumber and volunteered to mow the parks for the city of Lawler. Bob enjoyed trips to Minnesota fishing, vacations to Branson, Missouri, and several trips to Alaska. Bob and Dolores enjoyed five winters together in Arizona. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, hunting, playing cards, and woodworking. Bob served on several boards and committees in the community. He was an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Bob cherished time spent with his family and friends. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dolores; six sons, John (Leslie) Cuvelier of Lawler, Gary (Nancy) Cuvelier of Lawler, Richard (Lindsay) Cuvelier of Decorah, Tom (Sue) Cuvelier of Dubuque, Paul (Susan) Cuvelier of Wytheville, Virginia, and Mark (Renee) Cuvelier of Cresco; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Craig (Jeannie) Cuvelier of Sierra Visa, AZ; three sisters: Donna Sokolik of Hampton, Dorothy (Don) Harmon of Anamosa, and Carol Koenen of Hampton; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Cuvelier of Dumont, and LaVera Cuvelier of Aplington. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Albert (Billie) Cuvelier, Orlo (Pat) Cuvelier, Iven (Jean) Cuvelier, Harley Cuvelier, and Leland Cuvelier; two sisters, Maxine (Burdine) Hahn, Eva in infancy; great-grandchild, Natalie Rose Kuhn in infancy; two brothers-in-law, Sheryl Sokolik, and Bill Koenen.

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  1. John, Leslie and Cuvelier Families, Reaching out to you with the comfort of the Holy Spirit in your time of loss and sorrow. May you know God’s amazing peace. Pr. Kevin and Val Frey

  2. John, Leslie, and families, You have our deepest condolences for the loss of your father. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family for comfort and strength. The memories you share will be cherished forever.

  3. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Mark and the rest of the Cuvelier family. I have many fond memories of being at your house when I was a kid, camping at Lake Meyer, & wrestling meets. I always felt welcomed and at home. Bob & Dolores treated me with such kindness. Thanks for the memories. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Dave Galligan

  4. I worked with Bob many years ago at Farm Services out of New Hampton, IA. My wife and I were with Bob and Delores on a trip to DisneyWorld that we won through work. Will always remember Bob’s laugh. Sorry to hear of his passing. Respectfully Karl Hibbs

  5. Dear Cuvelier family, So sorry to hear about your Dear one’s passing. I’m sorry I didn’t see this until now. Just saw John and Leslie at my Dad’s wake, now your loss. I can say I empathize with you. Please know we care, and take care of yourselves. Sincerely, Jan (Wurzer) and George McCune family

  6. I just heard this afternoon. My condolences to the Cuvelier family – especially to Tom, Paul, and Mark. -Paul Barloon (TVHS ’81)

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dolores and all your family. May God hold you all tenderly in the palm of His hand in the weeks ahead. What rejoicing there is in heaven because Bob is finally home. Vic and Nancy DeSloover

  8. Wish we could be there. So many great memories and stories of Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today. Craig and Jeanne Cuvelier

  9. My thoughts, Prayers and Condolences go out to the complete Cuvelier Family. The great times that i had growing up with Mark being one of my best friends. believe me, we put Bob and Delores through the ringer! We tried to be sneaky at our young age and thinking we were getting away with everything, but that wasn’t the case, Bob always knew what was going on. And Bob, I thank you for not sending myself and Mark to jail and a very young age! Bob and Delores and the Entire Family were always like a second Family to me. Any time Jack and Diane were mad at me, I would always hide out at the Cuvelier’s. So I thank you Bob for the shelter, or better known at that time as, ‘My Safe House!’ I am so sorry for your loss. Bob Gene Cuvelier was a damn good Man. I am blessed to have known Bob and grow up with him and his entire Family! Paul Blazek

  10. It is with heart filled sadness we send our sympathies to Dolores and the whole Cuvelier family. Bob was genuinely a great person and friend to many. Our prayers go out too you all in you time of loss! Linda Gordy & Halle Arneson

  11. I have many fond memories of growing up with the Cuvelier kids and of attending both country school and high school with Bob. My thoughts and sincere sympathy are with the family. David Kreimeyer Iowa Veterans Home

  12. Dolores and family…my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Bob was, indeed, a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and I was lucky enough to have worked with him. God bless you all. Sue Swestka

  13. My condolences to the Cuvelier family. I will pray for Bob and his family at Adoration/Solemn Vespers tonight. Jim Goerend Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ John 11:25-26

  14. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. Bill (Billy) Anderson Dubuque, Iowa

  15. Our sympathies to the Cuvelier family. We will keep you in our prayers. God bless. Tom & Irene Frantzen

  16. Thoughts and prayers go out to Delores and family. We loved having Bob and Delores as a neighbor. Enjoyed the many talks with Bob about the birds and gardening. He will be missed dearly. Take care and god bless . Mike and Cathy Stevens.

  17. Verlan Cuvelier & Family, Keith Cuvelier & Family purchased the Divine Peace Bouquet for the family of Bob Gene Cuvelier.

  18. Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to Delores and entire family….prayers and thoughts are with you! Lyn Bruns and Jack Meissen


  20. We are so sorry for your loss. We know that Bob and Dad are in heaven right now enjoying a cup of coffee and solving the world’s problems as we speak. Please know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  21. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cuvelier family in your loss. So many great memories over the years spent with Bob and the Cuvelier family. You will be missed. God Bless. David, Amanda and Luke Anderson

  22. Our sympathy to the Cuvelier Family at your time of loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers, remembering all the good times and laughs….take care Quentin and Darlene Vsetecka

  23. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. I will miss seeing Uncle Bob smile and call me ‘Kid’ at reunions. I Love you all. Our deepest sympathies. Carolyn, Jim Christopher and Nicholas Kapoun – Dayton, Ohio

  24. Bob was the best of the best. He and Dolores made a great time. It was always a joy to visit with them. I have many great memories. Our deepest condolences to the Cuvelier family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom & Peggy Mennie

  25. Through these grieving times, may you find comfort in the conversations with family and friends, hold the memories of Bob close to your hearts, and as time passes look for his presence in your life. Thinking of you, Tracy and David Maher

  26. Cuvelier family, The Florian Winter family sends their deepest condolences. We are sorry to not be able to attend since we have now have a family member pass also. John, Mark and families remember the good times and enjoy all that you have because before you know it —- Matt, I know you and Isaac have talked but we are all sending a hug your way. Take care! The Winter Family

  27. Uncle Bob was a favorite uncle of mine. Although his junior by some 14 years, he was always ready to humor my pesky attempts to wrestle with him and would carefully toss me around without breaking any bones. I thought of him often over the years and was pleased that he and Aunt Dolores came to Arizona to visit.

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