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Robert W. Bettle
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or Ankeny United Church of Christ.
  • Ankeny United Church of Christ
    602 SE Delaware Avenue
    Ankeny, IA 50023

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“I was very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I am sure the disease was extermely frustrating for Bob as his mind was always very sharp and quick. I...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Ron Merritt - Saint Joseph, MO

“Jim and I had great memories of Bob and Virginia at the Disneyana Conventions. We shared love of Disney. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Patricia Beech - Ashburn, VA

“Bob and I (as Jill Thompson) were classmates from Kindergarten at Lafayette School thru East High School graduating in the Classof 1959 in Waterloo,...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jill R. Lampman - Waukon, IA

“Bob was a generous loving person. He loved his wife and family ver much. He will be missed. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Dennis Albertson - Ankeny, IA

“I experienced deep sorrow reading of Bob Bettle's death. We didn't keep in close contact since high school, but I would occasionally recall the fun...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: George Eighmey - Portland, OR

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Wil and Nadine Hollis - Marion, IA

“Bob and I began Kindergarten together at Lafayette School in Waterloo, Iowa and continue through high school at East High. We were always close...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Steven Holbrook - Dumfries, VA

“One would not have to wait long after meeting Bob to know you have met a friend and a super Guy. Heaven has one of a kind. Grace and Bob Ireland ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear.. Prayers for the family.. Enjoyed working with Bob ! ! ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Larry Bloes

“Stan and Colleen Lemkuil send our sympathy to you and your family. We send our condolences. We send our prayers. Take care and God is with you. ...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Stan Lemkuil - Spirit Lake, IA

“Dear Virginia and family,I am so sorry to learn of your losing Bob. He was such an ethical, brilliant, and precise man, not to mention a true...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Marita Welch - West Des Moines, IA

“I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. My warmest condolences go out to the family and friends of Robert. May you find Comport from the...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: M C


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Robert (Bob) Bettle, of Ankeny, passed away on December 22, 2017. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30th, also at the funeral home.
Bob was born in Independence, Iowa on September 1st, 1941 to Helen and Wayne Bettle. He graduated from Waterloo East High School. He then attended the State College of Iowa (UNI), graduating in August of 1963.
At the State College of Iowa, Bob met Virginia Ruth McShane, who he married in Waukon, Iowa on August 18th, 1963. They were married for 54 years.
After teaching junior high math in Ankeny for one year, Bob went to work for Dial Finance as an accountant. He retired over 30 years later from then Norwest Financial as a Vice-President and Controller in 1996. Bob was very grateful to have worked for a company that was so supportive and provided the opportunity to achieve his potential. He felt fortunate to have been able to retire early and spend time with his family. They are so thankful for the time they had with him before the impact of Alzheimer's took over.
Bob enjoyed collecting everything from Roy Rogers and John Deere Tractors to Mickey Mouse and Santas. He loved spending time with his family, especially trips to Walt Disney World. He enjoyed attending athletic events, particularly Ankeny girls softball and basketball. Bob loved the Iowa State Fair, making multiple trips every year for 53 years, for taffy, cherry cokes, and talking to just about anyone. He also enjoyed supporting students striving to go to college through the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement and through scholarships at the University of Northern Iowa.
Bob is survived by his wife and their two children: Mark and his wife Joan, and Paul and his wife Kiersten. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Austin, Kailyn, Derrick, Jaedon, Collin, and Joe.
Bob is preceded in death by his mother and father.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or Ankeny United Church of Christ.