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December 28, 1938 - November 15, 2014

Robert was born December 28, 1938 to Leroy and Lueda (Brenna) Street.  He attended the Hesper School through 8th grade and graduated from the Mabel High School in 1956.  He went on to graduate from William Penn College in 1960.  On November 13, 1960 he married Clista Joyce Rose at the Christiansburg United Methodist Church near Ottumwa, Iowa.  Robert had started working in carpentry on his time off from college and continued with that after they were married.  He worked for Lloyd Foltz until 1974 when he began working at Luther College in Decorah as a carpenter and locksmith. He worked at Luther until July 22, 1999 when he was paralyzed in an auto accident.  His injury didn’t prevent him from participating in activities at the Hesper Friends Meeting, where he was a lifelong member, and the Hesper Public Cemetery. Robert was a member of the Hesper-Mabel Area Historical Society, the Toot and Whistle Club, and the Hesper Improvement Club.  He also enjoyed restoring antique gas engines, blacksmithing, black-powder shooting, helping with Steam Engine Days, and building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. 

Robert passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah at the age of 75.

 Robert is survived by his wife Clista Joyce of Hesper; two sons, Arden of Hesper and Brian (Jeanne) of Mabel; a brother Douglas (Barbara) of Rockford, Illinois; a sister-in-law Marcia Street of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Harold.                 

 A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the Hesper Friends Meeting in Hesper, Iowa with Pastor Keith Mardock officiating.  Burial will be in the Hesper Public Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4 - 7 p. m. Thursday, November 20 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.

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