Robert W. Messerole, 72, of Cherokee, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Pastor Father Armand Bertrand will officiate. Burial will be in the Maryhill Visitation Cemetery, in rural Cherokee. Visitation will begin today at 4 p.m., with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. A prayer service will be held at the church on Friday night starting at 7 p.m. On-line condolences may be sent to greenwoodfuneral.com.
Robert W. Messerole, the son of Gordon and Gertrude (Pitts) Messerole was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Cherokee. His childhood years were spent on a farm near Cleghorn. He attended and graduated from Maryhill and Immaculate Conception High School in 1955.
Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany. On June 18, 1960, Bob was united in marriage to Sheryl Pettengill. They lived in Cherokee and he worked for Wilson Foods Inc., for over 30 years before retiring. Following retirement they moved to Osage Beach, Mo. for several years before moving to Sergeant Bluff to be closer to family.
In his spare time Bob enjoyed fishing and Iowa Hawkeyes Football, but most of all he enjoyed being around his family - especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sheryl Messerole on April 27, 2009; his parents, Gordon and Gertrude Messerole; two brothers, Jesse and Tiny Messerole; and his father and mother-in-law, Faye and Ora Pettengill.
He is survived by two sons: Joel Messerole of S.C. and Noel (Amy) Messerole of Va.; two daughters, Jonna Galvin of Sergeant Bluff and Missy Schmitz of Sergeant Bluff; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Red (Mary) Messerole of LeMars; two sisters, Gert (Tom) Selk of Larrabee and Joyce (Mike) Bechtel of Cherokee; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Messerole of Cherokee and Gayle Messerole of Spirit Lake; as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.