Robert J. Baltes
March 18, 1932 ~ April 24, 2012
Robert J. Baltes, age 80 of New Hampton, IA passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Robert Joseph Baltes was born on March 18, 1932 to Norbert and Anna Mae (Rodamaker) Baltes in New Hampton, IA. He attended and graduated from New Hampton High School. After graduating, he attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. In 1951, Bob entered into the United States Navy serving his country during the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in 1955 and upon his return home, Bob attended Loras College in Dubuque. On June 19, 1961 Bob was united in marriage to his sweetheart, Rose Katz at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. The couple made their home in New Hampton, where they raised their five children. Bob worked for Rath Packing Company in Waterloo for 33 years until they closed. He was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on September 21, 1986 and served as a deacon at St. Joseph’s Church, as well as working for the United States Postal Service until his retirement. In 2003, Bob was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia/Parkinsonism. He was an active member of Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Center and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bob enjoyed building and flying model airplanes with his brother, playing his ukulele, singing songs with his family and gardening. He loved trout fishing and many family vacations were spent camping in Yellowstone National Park. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Rose; their son, Damian (Sara) Baltes of New Hampton; their daughters, Rachel (Jim) Kiffel of New Hampton, Paula (Kelly) Banes of Cedar Falls, Ann (Bill Rosholt) Baltes of Middleton, WI and Jennifer (Jeremy) Erickson of New Hampton; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his sisters, LaVonne Snider and Evelyn (Ron) Simon both of Daphne, AL, Ann Kennedy of Spokane, WA, Rosalie Owens of Lakeland, FL, Patti (Jerry) Rochford of Charles City, Debbie (David) Merrill of Mt. Vernon, IA; his brother, Jack (Virginia) Baltes of Circle Pines, MN; his stepmother, Phyllis Baltes of Dade City, FL; his brother-in-law, David O’Dowd of Charles City and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary O’Dowd and his brothers-in-law, Bill Kennedy and Rollis Snider. Cemetery: Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, Holy Family Parish~St. Joseph's Center and Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc. with a 4:30pm rosary and a 6:30pm scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. at Holy Family Parish~St. Joseph's Center in New Hampton, IA. With Military rites provided by New Hampton American Legion Post # 38 and New Hampton VFW Post #5238.