Robert Francis Voves

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Robert F. Voves, age 85, of Elma, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Regonial Health Services of Howard County in Cresco, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, Iowa with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating mass. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes, Iowa with Ryan Voves, Trever Tolliver, Austin Voves, Trey Voves, Jordan Voves, Tyler Voves, Dylan Voves, Cole Butikofer and Carver Butikofer serving as casket bearers. Visitation will be held at 9:00-11:00AM on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Lourdes, Iowa with a Rosary at 9:00AM. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Robert “Bob” Voves was born on June 4, 1935 to Joseph and Clara (Pechota) Voves in Elma, Iowa. Bob attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and graduated in 1953 from Immaculate Conception School in Elma. After his graduation he entered the United States Army and served his country working with radar operations. Bob received his honorable discharge in 1955. He then attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Bob was a heavy equipment operator for several companies. Bob was united in marriage to Bernadette Smith on October 7, 1961 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. They made their life farming in the Lourdes area where they raised six children. The couple purchased the Voves Bar and Grill in 1978 which they operated until 1993. Bob was a county supervisor for two terms. He retired in 1998 and moved to Elma. Bob enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved being with family and friends, playing cards, reading, dancing, golfing, and bowling. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Elma American Legion Post #597. Bob is survived by his wife Bernadette “Bernie” of Elma, Iowa; children Mark Voves of Elma, Iowa and his children Jordan and Ashley; Pam (David) Carroll of Cresco, Iowa and their children Erica (Kris) Sajdak and their children Addyson, Ellie and Will and Kala (Denver) Trojan and their daughter Teagan; Therese (Galen) Tolliver of Norwalk, Iowa and their children Alyssa (Justyn) Coughennower and their children Eli and Mia and their son Trever Tolliver; Bob (Lisa) Voves of Cedar Falls, Iowa and their children Ryan, Austin (Jordan) and Dylan; Curt (Deb) Voves of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and their children Trey, Tyler and Haley and Cindy (Aaron) Butikofer of Cresco, Iowa and their children Cole, Kyra and Carver; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Velmer (Maxine) Voves of Woodbury, Minnesota and sister-in-law Colleen Voves of Cresco, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Clara Voves and brother Larry.

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  1. Bernie and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. He is in peace and playing cards with some of the best. You will all have many good memories that will keep him with you forever. He is in good hands. His smile and laugh will be missed. With Deepest Sympathy and Hugs, Beverly Valvoda

  2. Bob was a kind man who always enjoyed sharing a story. You’re family is in our prayers. David & Sara Riley Conrad,IA

  3. Bernie – so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Voves and Smith families. Randy & Jo Vaala

  4. Bernie and family- We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. He will be greatly missed. I know Dad and Bob played lots of golf together :). God Bless and we are praying and thinking of you and your family. Scott & Amy Nibaur

  5. Bib was a kind, gentle man. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family. God will give you strength.

  6. I am so sad to hear about this. You two were the epitome of the perfect couple. Always wonderful and positive energy. God bless and give you strength in the days and months ahead. Luckily we will see our loved ones again one day. Much love to you and your family. Jean Huegel.

  7. Oh, Voves family……..I am saddened……such a nice man and family…..deepest sympathies to all………..

  8. Our sincere condolences to you Bernie and family. Know you have wonderful memories of this good husband and Father. Praying for you and the family in this time of loss. Sincerely Louise and Donn Harris

  9. Our sympathy to all the Voves family. What a fun family to be around. Louise and Leroy Cutsforth

  10. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  11. So sorry to hear the sad news of Bob`s passing. Bob and I were classmates (53) at Elma I. C. , and long time friends. I remember Bob as a good teammate and a good athlete while in Highschool. My Sympathy to his Family Bob Fogarty

  12. Bernie and family…our deepest sympathies are extended to you in the loss of Bob. Always enjoyed visiting with him as he always greeted you with a smile and friendly hello. Bob was a kind-hearted soul who will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Will be keeping all of you in our prayers. Shirleen and Keith Jackson

  14. Our condolences to Bernie and the family. You are in our prayers. Norbert and Roxanne Freidhof


  16. You are in our thoughts…In these days of sorrow, know that you’re not alone… you are in the prayers, the thoughts and the hearts of those who care. With Heartfelt Sympathy

  17. Bernie, you have our deepest sympathy. Bob was a very hospitable person always happy and made you feel at home. So sorry we could not share our thoughts in person. Johnny and Nancy Bakula

  18. Had many great card games, with Bob and Bernie. Will miss the competition!!! Sorry we couldn’t be there, at this time. Rest In Peace, Bob.

  19. Prayers and sympathy to you all. Therese and Galen hugs Always hard to loose a parent. Thoughts are with you.

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