Robert "Bob" Svec

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Robert “Bob” L. Svec, age 53, of New Hampton, IA passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Monday, May 31, 2021 at MercyOne in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in New Hampton with Pastor Willie Mafuta officiating. If you’re not able to attend the service in person, please join the Svec family via Conway-Markham Funeral Home’s Facebook Live on Saturday. Burial will be held at New Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 PM on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Bob was born August 18, 1967, the youngest son of Verne and Virginia (Wilson) Svec at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA. As a child, Bob was often found riding dirt bike and as he grew he enjoyed playing the drums. He was a 1986 graduate of Marion High School. After completing his education, Bob worked as a reserve officer for the Cedar Rapids Police Department before attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, IA. Bob worked for Guttenburg and Cascade Police Departments. While he was in Cascade, Bob met the love of his life, Jeree Claypool. The couple was united in marriage on April 16, 1994. Immediately after their wedding, Bob and Jeree made the move to Clarinda where Bob spent the next seven years working for Clarinda P.D. While they were there they welcomed their son, Trevor. The family would move to Lake Mills, IA before making their home in New Hampton. Bob would finish his law enforcement career with the New Hampton Police Department and D.A.R.E. officer. He retired in 2015 but continued to work with students at St. Joseph Community School and Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Charles City. In the fall of 2017, Bob tried out his voice while DJ’ing at 95.1 the Bull. He quickly became a favorite in the area and earned his place on the morning show. Listeners could tune into their “Chubby Little Buddy, Bob,” and join in on the Chicken Dance during the 10 O’clock Tickle. Bob, along with others, successfully organized the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance.” Though his community meant a lot to him, Bob’s family was his pride and joy. From cheering Trevor on in his activities or going for tractor rides with his father and brother, Bob rarely missed a moment. He will forever be missed by his wife, Jeree; his son, Trevor of St. Louis, MO; his parents, Verne and Virginia Svec of Cedar Rapids, IA; his brother, Ray (Dawn) Svec of Urbandale, IA; mother-in-law, Sandy Claypool of New Hampton; his brothers-in-law, Jeff (Kim) Claypool of Ottumwa, IA and Dan (Mindy) Claypool of St. Louis, MO and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Roger Claypool; his paternal and maternal grandparents and aunts and uncles.

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  1. Bob was a true friend and fun person. He was one of my closest friends in Clarinda. He and Jeree are two very special people to me snd my family.

  2. Bob will be deeply missed…Such a wonderful amazing person he was…Even as a cop he was always a very gentle kind man.I always enjoyed visiting with him…..You will be deeply missed Bob Svec 💙RIP

  3. Bob will be remembered for his charismatic personality. Always smiling and giving to the community. So sorry for this giant loss. Way too young.

  4. Condolences, to the Svec Family. He was just an all around good guy! He will be missed by many. Leo and Bev Dowd

  5. I am so sorry to see this! Bob was a great guy!! My grandkids thought he was so special. Sending thoughts and prayers to Jeree, Trevor, friends and family! He will be missed!!🙏🏻🙏🏻

  6. Jeree and Trevor…I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bob. I got to know him through his work with my students at St. Joe’s. He genuinely cared about kids and was a wonderful role-model of kindness, citizenship, and generosity. Your family will be in my prayers.

  7. Jeree snd Trevor, you have my deepest sympathy. Loved my conversations with Bob, he was such a nice and kind person. Thinking of you all 🙏🏻

  8. Jeree, Trevor and family so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. R.I.P. Bob.

  9. My deepest sympathies to Bob’s family. Bob was a wonderful guy and those who knew him would agree. I truly enjoyed working with him sharing the microphone as we commentated the parade at Alta Vista’s 125th celebration a couple years ago, as well as doing radio interviews to promote our town celebration. Bob was the kind of guy that cared about others through his many years of public service. He was respected by many through his work with law enforcement and the DARE program. He also enjoyed great conversation. It didn’t take long for Bob to get to know you and vice versa. Anytime we would meet on the street or elsewhere I was always greeted with a smile and friendly hi. RIP Bob. You will be missed by many.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers to Jeree and Trevor. Such a sad loss for New Hampton. We will forever be grateful for the leadership, positivity, and kindness Bob has shown in this community.

  11. So sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer

  12. So sorry Jeree 😭. R.I.P. Bob and Thank you for the Memories ❤ and also, the Kwik Star muffins you’d bring us ER nurses……..

  13. So sorry to hear this Jeree and family. 🙏🙏🙏 Sending prayers to you and your family.

  14. Words cant express how sorry I am for your loss. He was a great guy and will be forever missed.

  15. Bob Svec was an amazing person who will be dearly missed by friends and family. I took his D.A.R.E. class in 5th or 6th grade when he was still a police officer. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to talk for hours on end. When he became the morning DJ for the radio station, I couldn’t be happier for him, plus his sense of humor was timed so perfectly he could’ve become a comedian. He was an extraordinary man who I can call a hero. The community will never be the same without him but he’ll be in our hearts forever. Thank you Bob for your service in the police department and take care in Heaven my friend. -Austin Peterson

  16. Deepest sympathy… thank you for sharing Bob with the community. Always a great support for community, school, law enforcement and all other responders.

  17. For the past four weeks, I have been a fellow student with Bob in volunteer hospital chaplain training at St Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Bob was a key member of that class, always contributing meaningful stories as we progressed in our training. He will be greatly missed, and would have been an excellent hospital and public safety chaplain. We were blessed to know him. ~ Ian Montgomery

  18. From: Spiritual Companioning Class – St. Luke’s Spiritual Care – Linda, Leslee, Maryann, Ian, and Paulette –

  19. I first met Bob when my husband Chuck and I attended the Davis Rally many many years ago in New Hampton. Such an amazingly nice man. They were chatting like it had been just yesterday that they had talked. Makes me smile to think about that.

  20. Jeree & Trevor – we are sending our thoughts & prayers to you at this most difficult time. Bob was so easy to talk with & we loved listening to him on the radio, his voice was made to be a DJ! He will be greatly missed by many. A life taken way too soon, but always keep him memories alive & he’ll be with you every single day.

  21. Jeree and Trevor, sorry for your loss. Bob was one of those guys that always had a kind word for people. He took seriously his responsibilities and yet knew how to enjoy life. Praying for you all.

  22. Jeree and Trevor, you have my deepest sympathy. Bob was one of a kind. Will miss waking up to his voice on the radio every day. Prayers!

  23. Jeree, Trevor and Sandy We are so sorry for your loss. Dan enjoyed stopping in at The Bull, kibbutzing with Bob, regaling each other with whatever story was on their minds. His personality was well suited for his vocation and, in these past few years, his avocation. He will be greatly missed. Love and prayers for all of you. May your memories sustain you through difficult times.

  24. Jeree, Trevor and the Svec /Claypool Families you have my deepest sympathy. Bob was one of a kind a special person. I so enjoyed hanging out with him. Big bear hugs from TN. Ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Jeree. Surprised and so sorry to hear about Bob. Know that we are thinking of you 🙏🏼

  26. Oh Jeree, I am so very sorry for you and your loved ones to have lost Bob so very young. If you remember, I know how that feels, so if you need to talk with someone who has shared that sorrowful boat, please contact me, or your local support group. In the meantime, I will be praying for you and yours, Audrey Westendorf, Melissa, Matt and Michelle. (

  27. Our deepest sympathy to Bob’s family. His smile will be always be remembered. His love of his job showed so much when he did the DARE program. He was a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

  28. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jerez and Trevor and family of Robert. We will really miss him each morning on the radio.

  29. Prayers for the family. Always a great guy and friend in school. Shane Bonebrake. MHS Class of 87

  30. To the Svec family, our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of Bob. I was a dispatcher for Taylor County when Bob called in on the radio for a driver license check, which happened to be on Christmas eve. I had to collect my emotions as I read back the information to Bob. It came back to Santa Claus. Never forgot his humor . May you find peace and the loss of Bob. XISP X87 and Mary Eagan

  31. We are heavy with sadness as we lost a dear friend with Bob’s passing! Bob and Lance had a special relationship that began when Bob was at the police department and Lance at the sheriff’s office but after retirement their relationship became more special. Bob was always there encouraging, supporting and sharing a good laugh! You definitely made your mark in this community and in your personal relationships! We will miss you and pray for Jeree and Trevor! Rest In Peace dear friend! Love ya bro!!

  32. We are so sorry to hear the news of the Loss of Bob. Our prayers and love go our to you all. May the Lord keep you and comfort you at this time.

  33. With love and hugs, Steve & Pam Gunnells Cortni Gunnells Cari, Josh, Eli, & Abram Simmons Carli Beth, Chris, & Arthur Atlakson

  34. I met Bob and Jeree while we were living in Clarinda, Iowa. We became fast friends and have many wonderful memories of time spent together. Bob was such a jokester and could be pretty ornery! I also got the honor of being a babysitter for little Trevor, where he became an honorary brother to our 3 daughters. We sure loved that little boy!! Our hearts are broken over the loss of Bob. All our love and prayers to you, Jeree and Trevor! Pam Gunnells

  35. Jeree&family: We are so sorry for this unexpected loss to your family. Keep those happy memories close and Bob will always be with you. Prayers to you

  36. Our prayers and sympathy to you Jeree and all of your family on the loss of Bob. So sad. We are certainly going to miss his pleasant and uplifting voice on 95.1 Leon and Nancy Wegner

  37. Thank you Bob for sharing your love and talent with the entire community. You helped us through our work day every morning. Prayers to Jeree Trevor and Bob’s family.

  38. I remember Bob as a child (I’m about 7 years older than him). He square danced, as did his parents. The Bob that I remember was a bit shy around the girls when it came to asking them to dance. He was a sweet kid. My condolences to his family.

  39. I was sad to hear of Bob’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  40. I worked with Bob on the Clarinda P.D. from 1993-2000. Bob was a good person, co-worker and police officer. I am sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was one of the good ones. Jeree, Trevor and the rest of Bob’s family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for their loss. Once Clarinda P.D. Always Clarinda P.D. Rest in peace, badge #101.

  41. Jeree and Trevor, our deepest sympathy to you both. We were sorry to read of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vonnie & Dave Van Oort

  42. Jeree, our deepest sympathy to you and Trevor, I always enjoyed visiting with Bob over the years, he will be greatly missed.

  43. Thank You Bob for being such a great role model to us all! You have truly made a difference in our lives and in the New Hampton Community. Our sincerest sympathies to Jeree and Trevor and the Svec & Claypool Families.

  44. I was lucky to live next to Bob, growing up . Endless hours riding mini bikes,Going no where except on our home built tracks . Always a smile and a kind word. It doesn’t surprise me he devoted his career helping others. It only seems like yesterday. I’M very sorry for the family’s great loss . Vern, Virginia, Ray, and all family members. Thank you BOB for allowing Me to share a part of your life . And memories. Terry & Emma Nemecek.

  45. In remebrence of one of the greatest, most generous, funny, kind, supportive and caring men I had the honor if getting to know & call friend.

  46. Our sympathy to Jeree and Trevor and all of Bob’s family. Bob was such a nice person. So sorry for your loss….

  47. I just learned of Bob’s passing. Describing him as a great guy doesn’t seem descriptive enough. Condolences to his family.

  48. My condolences to Bob’s family. I am a fellow DARE Officer. I enjoyed our talks at the DARE conferences and when he came to the Franklin County Fair. I apologize for the very late condolences as I just came across the obituary by accident. All of you have to be proud as he was a great man. The heavens are lucky to have gained another protector!
    Bob Schaefer
    Retired Chief Hampton Police Department

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