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“We will never forget the man with the smile behind the wheel of the bus. Our thoughts are prayers are with you. Carl Cambridge and Judy Duwa...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Cambridge - Hills, IA

“Sorry to hear that Bob has passed. Weve kind of lost contact over the years but I still rember his smile and that it was a good visit when we had a...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Al Breese - IC, IA

“Shirley, We are very saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We traveled many OES miles and had many laughs along the way. Bob's smile and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Phil & Ginny Corwin - Bettendorf, IA

“My thoughts and prayers to Shirley and the rest of the family during this most difficult time. Bob was so proud of his family and always had a smile...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Jo Roberts - Coralville, IA

“I only met Mr. Pate a couple of times when he came to visit Johnson Farms. He liked to talk farming. Our condolences to the whole family. My...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Robert Arne - Steward, IL

“Bob was such a wonderful example of a good man to so many people. He loved his family, his church, his friends. All the wonderful things that the...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Sue McKibben - Saginaw, MI

“Bob was a good example. He always kept busy around the house or driving the school bus while he was our neighbor in Coralville. He was always very...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: David and Julie Vaughn - IA


Robert T. "Bob" Pate, 83, lifetime area farmer died Monday, October 3, 2011, at the Iowa City Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 7, 2011, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with entombment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. O.E.S memorial services will be in conjunction with the funeral services. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home where Masonic Memorial Rites will be at 7 p.m.. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Bob's memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Robert Thomas Pate was born June 19, 1928, in Iowa City the son of Richard M. and Della M. (Albright) Pate. He attended Iowa City Schools graduating from City High School in 1946. Bob was united in marriage to Shirley M. Lewis on July 30, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. For most of his life he has farmed in rural Johnson County. For over 38 years he enjoyed driving school bus for the Iowa City School District, a familiar smile to hundreds of school kids over the years. Bob was a very active member of both the O.E.S. and the Masonic Lodge, holding offices at both the local and state levels.

His family includes his wife, Shirley; daughters, Susan Snyder (Curtis) of San Diego, CA; Barbara Whillick (Jeffrey) of Kenmare ND; Ellen Gunderson (Les) of Springdale, IA; and Marilyn Jones (Richard) of Dubuque, IA; a son, Stephen Pate (Peggy) of DeKalb, IL; 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and a brother and his wife, Richard and Ruth Pate of Iowa City.

He was preceded in death by his parents.