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Robert John “Bob” Stinocher

Robert John “Bob” Stinocher, 89, of Solon, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, surrounded by his wife and family. Celebration of life services were held Friday, June 17, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery, where full military rites were conducted the Solon American Legion, Stinocher Post 460.
Robert was born Jan. 23, 1927, in rural Iowa City, the son of John and Margaret (Meyers) Stinocher. He attended rural school and helped his dad on the farm. In 1948, he worked at the University of Iowa, mowing grass and landscaping. He then got a job working construction on the VA Hospital. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952 in the 7th Army Corps. After returning from service, Robert worked at Allis Chalmers in Cedar Rapids and continued to farm on the home place.
On July 26, 1953, he married Jean Storm in Wyoming, Iowa. Together they lived on that farm until 1956, when the Coralville Reservoir was built. They moved to the residence where they lived until his death. Robert returned to the construction business working for many construction firms: Viggo Jensen, Knutson, Larson and Unzeitig. Robert retired from construction in November, 1989 after 30 years. He was a 50-year member of Local Union 43. Robert was a 57-year member of the Solon American Legion. He served on the Color Guard for over 40 years. Robert was one of the founding members of the Solon Beef Days Committee, started in 1971. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, deer hunting, and most of all, spending time with his family. One of the special things that he was a part of was driving Santa to homes for over 50 years.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Linda (Francis “French”) Frauenholtz of North Liberty, Janet (Thomas II) Lloyd of West Des Moines, and Gary (Laurie) Stinocher of Solon; five grandchildren Jamie Frauenholtz, Tom (Sarah) Lloyd III, Bryan Lloyd (Caitlyn Carlsen), Brittany Stinocher and Ashley Stinocher; two great-grandchildren Tommy IV and John Lloyd; his sister Boots Potter of Iowa City; three nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Virgil Potter, and an infant nephew Robert.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy, Solon Fire Department, or to the Solon Veterans Memorial in his name.