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Robert Clites

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Robert 'Bob' Clites, age 83 of New Hampton, went to heaven on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center, Mason City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2011, at Holy Family Parish - St. Joseph Center, New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed on the casket by his wife and four children. Music for the service will be by The Lau Family and Holy Family Resurrection Choir, joining the congregation singing, 'Be Not Afraid', 'How Great Thou Art', 'Peace Is Flowing Like A River', 'Here I Am Lord' and 'On Eagles Wings'. Kathy Beckman will be the lector and the offertory gifts will be presented by Dave and Paula Clites and their children, Niki Fielder and Brian Clites. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Hampton with Brian Clites, Ross Burgart, Jay Clites, Brad Wylam, Noah Clites, Niki Fielder, Erica Clites and Cara Clites serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are the New Hampton Mayor and City Council, Harry Zipse, Duane Wheat, and IDOT staff; Stan Perkins, Bob Beckman, Dan Steenhard, Brenda Steenhard, George Feazel, Steve Timmerman and Glen Uglum. Military honors will be conducted by the New Hampton American Legion and V.F.W. Posts. Friends may greet the family 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2011, at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Rosary and a 6:00 p.m. Scripture Service, lead by Msgr. Carl Schmitt. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Robert Leonard Clites was born April 5, 1928, in New Hampton, IA, the only son of Leonard and Ora (Jacobson) Clites. He received his education in New Hampton and was a 1946 graduate of the New Hampton High School. Bob served in the United States Marine Corp as a corporal from 1946 – 1948. On October 23, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, he married Geraldine “Geri” Paulson. To this union four children were born. He had worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation beginning in 1948 and retiring in 1992. On September 10, 2002, his wife, Geri died at the age of 70. On November 28, 2003, at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph Center in New Hampton he married Diana Crooks-Reams. Bob was an active New Hampton resident having served on the City Council from 1986 until present. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, on the Landfill Board, the AFSCME Council 61, INRCOG Board member and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling to see his children and grandchildren, attended spring training baseball in Florida and enjoyed all sports. Survivors include his wife, Diana; three sons, Greg (Anne) Clites of Ann Arbor, MI; Dave (Paula) Clites of Lakewood, CO, Dan (Deb) Clites of Garner, IA; one daughter, Cathy (David) Wylam of Waverly; three step-daughters, Danette (Jim) Kukkendal of Charles City, Dawn (Jeff) Hawbaker of Floyd, Dixie (Luke) Blickenderfer of Floyd; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Lorraine (Neal) “Tucker” Flatjord of New Hampton, Lucille (Vernon) Johnson of Rochester, MN, Joan (Chuck) Vikdal of New Hampton. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Geri.

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  1. Diana~~ Sorry sorry to hear about the lost of your husband> My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time !!! Edna

  2. Dave, Paula and the entire Clites family, our prayer are with you during this difficult time. Lean on Him for your strength as He wishes for nothing in return. Your dad was an awesome man of whom i have many fond memories. God bless, Dan

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. The reunion will not be the same without Bob there. I wish I would have been able to make it back to Iowa for the services. My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family.

  4. Our sympathy goes out to the entire Clites Family. Bob was a neighbor in our earlier life and a classmate with whom we enjoyed seeing at those annual class reunions. With Bob in Heaven, I expect the road to that Kingdom will be in the best shape for the rest of us.

  5. So sorry to hear this news . Every time I’m in Tampa and see the baseball field of the yankees I would think of Bob a true baseball fan!! God Bless . Michael , Barbara Ball and Family

  6. We were very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. The short time we knew him, he displayed what a true friend he was and was such an honorable person. May your memories of Bob always be with your family and stories of him in the hearts of all. Joan & Ralph

  7. My sympathies to Bob’s family. I will always remember Bob as a very kind, intelligent, and soft spoken man. Will also remember him as a family friend through the DOT family and neighbor across the way.

  8. Hi cousins sorry to hear about your dad. Cannot make the services. I had a lot of good times with your folks. I will miss them. Luv you all. Take care. Russ

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Diana and the family. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed.

  10. So sorry to hear of the death of Bob. He was always such a gracious man whenever he came in the pharmacy. He was always so pleasure to visit with. He will truly be missed.

  11. Cathy, Dave, Ross, and Bradley: We didn’t know your father/grandfather well, but could see his influence and spirit in all of you when we were able to join him and you at family gatherings. What a great smile he had — for everyone. He obviously was a loving and giving father and grandfather, who will leave beautiful memories that will remain with you always. Treasure those and know that as he enters his next adventure he carries the memories of all of you with him too. Love, Lynda and Ray Smith

  12. Dianna and all: keeping you in our prayers at this time. Have many happy memories of our visits together. love, the Watson’s White Bluff,TN

  13. Our deepest sympathy. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Bob will truly be missed. With all our love. Tammy & Steve

  14. Greg, Dave, Dan, Cathy & Diana: Bob was a truly unique individual and touched many lives. I will always remember the good times (and late evenings!) when we were either stopping in to visit or whenever he would be out visiting us wherever we lived at the time. I am so very THANKful (especially today) for all the wonderful memories of him. Sending our love. The Pettinger’s Northglenn, Colorado


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