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“Sorry for your loss, Rob. Prayers and sympathy. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Chris Petrie - Classmate

“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...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: May C

“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...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Michael & Mary Ann McMurry - IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: April Lawrence - Des Moines, IA

“So sorry for your loss Rob. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jackie Babcock Hamel - IA

“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...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Tammy Monaghan (polson) - IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Merry Amann - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Patty (Fuller) Glenn - Des Moines, IA

“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! ...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Valerie Geer - Des Moines, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Will always have a fond memory of him as my teacher at Weeks Jr High. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: David Mooberry - Urbandale, IA

“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...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Laurie Gethin - Arlington, VA

“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...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Eldon Johnson - Indianola, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with the Scanlan family ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Dave Breitmayer - Newark, OH

“Your father was a delight to visit with. Sending heartfelt sympathy.Bob & Gerry WaddellDaughter and Son in Law to Velma Chestnut ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Bob & Gerry Waddell - Ankeny, IA


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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.