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Dr. Robert Lee McNair

June 13, 1938 April 19, 2018
Dr. Robert  Lee  McNair
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Dr. Robert McNair, 79, of Boone, died on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Eastern Star Masonic Home.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10:30 A.M., at the Central Christian Church with Pastor Mike Carlson and Pastor Jim Barnett officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.

Robert Lee McNair was born in Norfolk, Virginia on June 13, 1938, the son of Robert G. McNair and Iris Deane (Hart) McNair. He lived in Portsmouth, Virginia until he was seven, when the family moved west and lived in Missouri and Arkansas. His father was in the feed industry and worked as a mill supervisor and operated a feed store in Marionville, Missouri. Lee attended Central High School (1956) and Jr. College in St. Joseph, Missouri and studied anthropology and sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, receiving a BA and a MA. He taught at Trenton Jr. College in Trenton, Missouri, New Mexico Highlands University, University of Kentucky Community College at Henderson, Mount Scenario College in Wisconsin, Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, and Iowa State University. He taught for 18 years at Boone DMACC and was Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Chair of Social Sciences and Arts until his retirement in 2000. He continued as adjunct faculty on a part-time basis after retirement. Also, Lee received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2004 with dissertation research on self-esteem in relation to the looking-glass self among community college students.

Dr. McNair was a field archeologist and, between 1961 and 1995, was involved in excavations or survey work in Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Iowa. An example was the Doembo Site, in southwest Oklahoma which was an ice age mammoth that had been hunted by Paleo-Indian people as shown by the spear points they left in the animal. His master’s degree research was on the “Cultural Sequence at Jakie Shelter, 23BY388, Barry County, Missouri.”

Lee married Patricia F. Hogan on September 9, 1965. She taught English in high schools and colleges, and was teaching ESL at DMACC Boone Campus prior to her retirement in 2000. She had also worked as a secretary in St. Louis and for the U. S. Air Force in Germany from 1958 to 1960. Lee and Pat traveled to Mexico in 1970, Europe and the British Isles in 2001 and 2002. They were the parents of Lisa and David. Pat died of cancer in 2003.

On February 26, 2005 Lee married Romona Fisher. Romona was retired from teaching first and third grades at Madrid Elementary School for 23 years. Lee and Romona traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, including mission trips to Cuba and Jamaica and vacations in Costa Rica and Ecuador. They especially enjoyed attending church functions and movies, appreciating the outdoors together, and travel, especially visits to family members residing in other states. On April 26, 2009 they celebrated their 50th MONTH together with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee and Paducah, Kentucky, the home of the National Quilt Museum.

Lee had numerous hobbies and activities, including amateur radio, archeology, photography, hiking, boating, flying, and travel, having visited Cuba and Mexico in addition to the trips, first with Pat, then with Romona.

He retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 1998, having served in the Guard and the Army Reserve more than 25 years. He was a member of several organizations, including the Tall Corn Antique Auto Club, Central Iowa Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society, and the Boone County Historical Society, where he served on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Marion Street United Methodist Church where he held various church offices, and was certified as a lay speaker. With his late wife, Romona, he was an active member of Central Christian Church and taught adult Sunday school classes.
Romona passed away April 6, 2016 due to complications following a back surgery.

Lee is survived by his brother, Paul (Kelly) McNair and their children, Aaron and Ellen, of Ada, Michigan; his two children, Lisa (Andy) Miller of Boone and David (Christine) McNair of North Liberty; four grandchildren: Katie Miller, Holly (Kenny) Nissen, Chloe McNair, and Ethan McNair; two great-grandchildren Delanie and Lillian Nissen; several cousins in Virginia and North Carolina.

Friends may call at the Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall, on Monday from 5 until 7 P.M. The family will be present during this time. On Tuesday, friends may call at the Central Christian Church, from 9:30 A.M. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Boone County Historical Center or towards scholarships at DMACC Boone Campus, or to the scholarship fund at Central Christian Church.

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5:00 PM 4/23/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/23/2018 7:00:00 PM
Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel

1006 Sixth Street
Boone, IA 50036

The family will be present at this time.

Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel
1006 Sixth Street Boone 50036 IA
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 4/24/2018 10:30:00 AM
Central Christian Church

803 Green Street
Boone, IA 50036

There will be a one hour visitation at the church before the service.

Central Christian Church
803 Green Street Boone 50036 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Sacred Heart Cemetery Final Resting Place

S Montana St
Boone, IA 50036

S Montana St Boone 50036 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Boone Historical Society

602 Story Street
Boone, IA 50036

Central Christian Church Scholarship Fund

DMACC Scholarship Fund


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