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Robert Paul "Bob" Wilkinson


Robert Paul “Bob” Wilkinson, 88, of Urbandale, died at home surrounded by his family on January 4, 2022. A celebration of life is planned for a later date.


Bob was born in Iowa City on November 27, 1933, to Paul and Agnes (Belger) Wilkinson. He graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in 1952 and received his bachelor’s degree from Loras College in 1957. After serving as a chaplain’s assistant in Germany during his time in the Army, he returned to Des Moines and earned his master’s degree in history from Drake University. He was a social studies and history teacher for nearly 40 years at several parochial schools in the Des Moines area, and spent the majority of his career at Saydel High School. He married Joanne Seuferer on November 28, 1968. The two met while teaching at St. Pius X School in Urbandale.


Following retirement in 1997, Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, reading five newspapers a day, listening to classical music, telling innumerable jokes of varying quality, and sharing stories from his adventures in the Army with all who would listen. He was also an avid fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball. Anyone who Bob encountered could not help but be drawn in by his infectious smile and laughter.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Joanne; daughters Aileen (Joel) Fenton of Urbandale, and Joleen (Will Manning) Wilkinson of New York, NY, his grandchildren, Maxwell and Alexandra Fenton, both of Urbandale; his sister Mary Margaret Wieser of West Des Moines; his brothers, Joseph (Jan) Wilkinson of West Des Moines and Patrick (Julie) Wilkinson of Oshkosh, WI; as well as many beloved canine companions.


Memorial contributions are suggested to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport (4002 Ash St, DeSoto, IA 50069 https://aheinz57.networkforgood.com) to honor Bob’s love of dogs, and the Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601 Alzheimer's Association | Donate to Fight Alzheimer's Disease) in the hope that other families can benefit from new research.


Special thanks to Claudia and Caitlyn from Suncrest Hospice for not only their compassionate care, but for sharing in our memories, tears and laughter.