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“Rod,Dan and Dave, So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I will always remember growing up the times that our families spent together. I...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Diane (Smith) VanErsvelde - IA

“John Robey Family, So sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember John in school and always enjoyed visiting with him. He could always make you...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Theda (Slagle) May - Friend

“I just received a phone call from my Mom. She shared the news of your Dad's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. When I think of your Dad, a smile...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Angie (Hotchkin) Lobberecht

“Dear Rod, Dave and Dan, John and I will always remember your dad with his great smile and personality. I will never forget the day Luke had your...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Vicki Van Renterghem - Friend

“John was a great Dad, Husband, and friend. John knew how to work and how to have fun. John enjoyed racing and going with his friend to the races....Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Jeff Vogel - Tiffin, IN - Friend

“I just wanted to say I wish I had of got to spend more time with John I always enjoyed seeing him when I got the chance.My prayers are with each of...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Karen Anderson Austin - Atkins, AR

“One of my happiest childhood memories is going to Iowa to visit our wonderful cousins. We loved seeing John, Sarah, Tom, and Patty. We didn't see...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Sue Smith - Fallston, MD - Cousin

“Ronald and John and friends shared good times at the stock care races and working together on farms. E ”
8 of 31 | Posted by: Ronald Vols - Grinnell, IA

“The obituary for your dad was 'right on.' He "knew no stranger" and was a "fun-loving" person. And these traits were demonstrated every single day...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Joyce Otto - friend

“Jackie, Rod, Nathan and the Robey family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts are with you. Dan and Robin Isaacson, Caleb and Carson ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Robin Isaacson - Huxley , IA

“Please accept my sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for me. ………”If a man...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Carolyn Mason

“Danny, David and Rod, So sorry to hear about Uncle John! I think fondly of the times I visited the farm as a kid! Johnny was always good for a laugh!...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Kim (Robey) Dempsey - NJ - neice

“To Rodney, Daniel, and David: I know people will share many memories of your mom and dad with you. But no one will get the privilege of saying...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Barbara Wilson - Brooklyn, IA

“Wish we could be there but please know you and your family are in our prayers. All our love. ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Brian, Lesley & Jacob Yaley - IA

“Rod so sorry to hear about your dad you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless! Kelly Bailey ”
15 of 31 | Posted by: Kelly Bailey - Grinnell, IA

“We have been friends sence child hood and thanks to Face Book we have got caught up the last few years. Sorry to hear of your passing,but we all know...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Willis Butler - Sweeny, TX

“Uncle John, You were such a great person and a great uncle. My life is so much better for having been your nephew. You are now reunited with Aunt...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: FJ Robey - Stoneham, ME - Nephew

“John Touched all our lives..... Rod,Dan,Dave & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.We had some good times with John, he knew he was...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Larry & Rita Vogel

“So sorry to hear about your Dad passing. ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: Peggy Guyer - friend

“Your Father will be missed by all. He always had a smile on his face and greeted everyone even if he didn't know them.. Once in a while when he was...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Diane Davidson - Brooklyn, IA

“We are so sorry to hear about John. We always enjoyed visiting with him and buying sweet corn from him just around the corner from our house. What a...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Darrel and Jan Heetland Brooklyn

“I have yet to meet a kinder, more gentle, person than John. He always had a smile and good word for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Joyce Connolly - BGM Classmate

“Where to begin? Such a special relative, co-worker and friend! Laughs.... so many we had, lies (jokes) .....too numerous and sometimes outrageous...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: George and Lori Hiner

“So very sorry to hear about John's passing. He will be greatly missed. Such a wonderful person he was. John always had kind and funny things to say...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Lynda Van Tomme - Friend

“You all are in the thoughts and prayers ofthe Simmons family. Take Care ”
25 of 31 | Posted by: Dick R. Simmons - Mount Vernon, IA

“So sorry about John's death. He was a good friend. He'd had lots of medical problems but hung in there and made the best of them. My prayers are...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Marilyn Meyer - Eden Prairie, MN

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Pam Burkle, Mike Dostal, Luke,Casey & Maria Burkle, Joyce Anthony and family ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: PAM BURKLE - Brooklyn, IA

“We're so sorry to hear about your Dad. Always enjoyed talking to him. He knew no strangers. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Jane & George Cline - Brooklyn, IA

“Sorry to hear about John. We bought corn from him for many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
29 of 31 | Posted by: Ron and Judy Stonebraker - IA

“I am sorry to heae the passing of John. He is a great guy who loved to laugh, smile and brightens someones day. All of you are in my thoughts and...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Joan McCammant - Brooklyn, IA

“I will always remeber the time John took Justin's clothes when we went camping and Justin's had gone into take a shower John snuck in and stole them...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Phyllis Morris - Friend


John Robey, age 69, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at his home with his family by his side.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 25, 2013, at the Madison Church of Christ near Brooklyn with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Pallbearers are Larry Vogel, Phil Heishman, Dale VanTomme, Kirk Berry, Kole Berry, Nathan Davis-Loucks, Aaron Robey, and Chase Bloethe. Honorary bearers are Glen Berry, Dale Douglas, Mark Lang, Tim Siemens, Ron Read, Marvin Keller, and Rusty Tuttle. Interment will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. His family will be present to greet friends from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated in his name to the Madison Church of Christ, Grinnell Regional Hospice, and the Ivy Hill Cemetery Association and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

John was born on September 25, 1943, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Alfred Robey and Mary Ann (McSwiggin) Robey. He was raised near Malcom, Iowa and attended country schools. He graduated from Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School in Brooklyn with the class of 1961. His class was the first to graduate from the new BGM High School.

He was united in marriage to Karen Jean Brooks on October 3, 1964, at the Madison Church of Christ near Brooklyn. The couple farmed near Malcom and Brooklyn all of their lives. John was a family-man, friend of many and a stranger to none. He had a fun-loving and keen sense of humor that made him easy to like. He held a passion for farming and worked tirelessly from sunup to sundown. John's enjoyments were older Farmall tractors, four-wheelers, and horses, attending races at the various local tracks, and rooting for his favorite drivers, Mel Morris & Rusty Wallace, while watching NASCAR races on television.

John is survived by three sons, Rod (Jackie Davis) Robey of Malcom, Dan (Kristin Adkins) Robey of Watford City, North Dakota, and David Robey of Brooklyn; five grandchildren, Nikki (Jason) Rooney of Montrose, Iowa, Aaron, Lauryn and T.J. Robey of West Point, Iowa, and Nathan Davis-Loucks of Grinnell; one great granddaughter, Aubre Rooney of Montrose, Iowa; and his siblings, Pat Claeys of Iowa City, Iowa, Tom (Pat) Robey of Pleasantville, New Jersey, and Sarah (David) Hall of Brooklyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 34 years, Karen J. Robey who died on June 15, 1999.

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