Mr. Robert Francis Scanlan

  • Born: October 16, 1928
  • Died: November 13, 2018
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Francis Scanlan 90, died November 13, 2018.
A funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 19th at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church (510 East 1st St., Ankeny, IA 50021). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
Robert was born October 16, 1928 in the Valley Junction area of West Des Moines: the son of John Justin Scanlan and Pauline McDermott Scanlan.
He grew up in Pocahontas County and graduated from Laurens High School. He served in the US Army 1951-1953 during the Korean War as part of the 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. Upon his return he graduated from Buena Vista College, and later received a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Montana. In 1956 he married Beverlee Bruce Hughes and they both started 35 year teaching careers with the Des Moines School System. He taught social studies at Weeks Middle School and Lincoln High School before retiring in 1991.
He thoroughly enjoyed teaching, traveling, gardening and staying in touch with his many friends and former students.
Robert is succeeded by four sons; Rob (Margaret), Bruce, Randy, and Jon (Annette); as well as grandchildren Erin (Chuck), Joe (Kara) and Jake; step grandchildren Emily (Michael) and Megan (Nick); and sister in laws Betty Scanlan and Jane Swan.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Beverlee, and a brother Bill Scanlan.
Memorials may be directed to the Saint Vincent DePaul Society.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry for your loss, Rob. Prayers and sympathy.

Posted by Chris Petrie - Classmate   February 03, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May the God who comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2

Posted by May C    November 21, 2018

This passage is in remembrance of a very good man. Bob was our dear friend and neighbor for 20 years. We had many 1 on 1 visits which were always enjoyable, humorous and quite delightful. He was a most interesting conversationalist and we will miss the same. Our deepest condolences to Randy and the entire family.

Posted by Michael & Mary Ann McMurry - Ankeny, IA - Friend   November 20, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I was in one of his last classes at Lincoln before his retirement. We started off rocky but apologies made us friends forever. He ended up keeping in touch with me as I got older. He would always stop in and say hi thru the years at my shops. I will definitely miss seeing his smile and hearing his jokes. Great teacher and man.

April Lawrence

Posted by April Lawrence - Des Moines, IA   November 19, 2018

So sorry for your loss Rob. You and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by Jackie Babcock Hamel - Pleasant Hill, IA - Classmate   November 18, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You are always in my heart. As a former student and a child of one of your students, we have many great memories that my dad and I share of you. Always in our hearts.

Posted by Tammy Monaghan (polson) - Des Moines, IA - Student   November 17, 2018

Bob was a bright spot in my tai chi class at the senior center. He was always quick with a joke and I looked forward to seeing him every week. Love and prayers to his family, he will be missed.

Posted by Merry Amann - Ankeny, IA - acquaintance   November 17, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Scanlon's passing, he was my teacher for three years at Weeks Junior High. He was always one of my favorites, he was strict but always fair. He truly will be missed..

Posted by Patty (Fuller) Glenn - Des Moines, IA   November 17, 2018

So sorry to hear of your fathers passing, you have our deepest sympathy. Mr. Scalan was a great man and my sister's and my favorite teacher ever! We will never forget him.

Posted by Valerie Geer - Des Moines, IA   November 17, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Will always have a fond memory of him as my teacher at Weeks Jr High.

Posted by David Mooberry - Urbandale, IA - Student   November 17, 2018

Jon, i'm So sorry to hear your dad passed away. It sounds like he lived a wonderful life, valued by many. (Teachers have so much impact.). I hope you and your family have lots of memories to keep him close.

Posted by Laurie Gethin - Arlington, VA - Friend   November 16, 2018

So sorry about the loss of your Father. Jon, working with you was a great part of my years with Super Valu. Never got to meet your father but he was anything like you, he was a great person. Will keep your family in our prayers.
Eldon & Darlene

Posted by Eldon Johnson - Indianola, IA - Coworker   November 16, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with the Scanlan family

Posted by Dave Breitmayer - Newark, OH - Family Friend   November 16, 2018

Your father was a delight to visit with. Sending heartfelt sympathy.

Bob & Gerry Waddell

Daughter and Son in Law to Velma Chestnut

Posted by Bob & Gerry Waddell - Ankeny, IA - Friend   November 15, 2018