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Robert Backous
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Obituary for Robert Backous

Robert Backous Sr., age 86 of Boone, died at his home on March 13, 2017. Following his wishes, Robert has been cremated.

A Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel, at Sixth and Marshall, with Rev. Tim Maybee officiating. Burial of his cremains will be in Boone Memorial Gardens.

Robert LaVerne Backous Sr., was born in Boone County near Mackey, on December 31, 1931, the son of Cecil and Elma (Lewis) Backous. He served with the Iowa National Guard in Boone. On February 19, 1954, Robert married Elsie Rogers at Jefferson, Iowa. In earlier years, he worked for National Tea in Boone. For 33 years, Robert worked for the Hy-Vee Store in Ames as their frozen foods manager. He retired in 1996. He enjoyed family reunions, hunting small game, camping, fishing, and pontooning at Don Williams Lake, where he often served as night patrol officer. He and Elsie enjoyed visiting Meskwaki Casino and taking their family to Las Vegas. Robert loved working on his acreage with his old International tractor, raising cattle and laying chickens. He also enjoyed attending the cattle Sale Barn in Gowrie.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Howard Backous and his wife Donna, two sisters, Irma Coil and Viola Carlson, and a brothers-in-law Jay Fisher, George Carlson, Bill Rogers and wife Betty, Mike Disbrowe and a son-in-law, Jeff Sutton.

He is survived by his wife Elsie of Boone; two sons, Robert Backous Jr. and wife Jeannie and Harold Backous and wife Lori all of Boone; three daughters, Janie Davidson and husband William of Boone, Diane Braland and husband Steve of Story City, and Sharon Braland and husband Rick of Ogden; a brother Darwin Backous and wife Sue of Boone; a sister Georgia Fisher of Hollywood, Florida; numerous grand and great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Hazel Disbrowe and Pam Van Cannon both of Boone.

Friends may call at the Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 3 until 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m.

In memory of Robert, memorial may be directed to the family.

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10:00 AM
Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel

1006 Sixth Street
Boone, IA 50036


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