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“I'm so sorry to hear about your lose of Bob. I know that he was well liked,loved, and respected by many people in the area. He will be missed by all ”
1 of 72 | Posted by: Bob Mews - Waterloo

“Dear Sherry and Family, Dick and I send our deepest sympathies to all of you. We have such fond memories of spending time over BBQ dinners at our...Read More »
2 of 72 | Posted by: Nancee and Dick Blou - Coralville, IA

“Sherry and family, Bob was a caring, devoted and compassionate man who will be missed by so many. We send you our deepest sympathies. You are in...Read More »
3 of 72 | Posted by: Steve and Julie Lacina - IA

“To the Carpenter Family, Sorry to hear of your loss! It is hard to lose someone near and dear to your heart. What I learned when my mom passed...Read More »
4 of 72 | Posted by: Mary Ann Nida (Pfab) - IA

“Dear Sherry & family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have known you for years. Both from the Lone Tree and U-High connections. I wrote some...Read More »
5 of 72 | Posted by: Gayle J. Nelson - North Liberty, IA

“My deepest condolences to all of the Carpenter family. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. God bless. ”
6 of 72 | Posted by: Justin Meade - Iowa City , IA

“Sherry and Family, Our hearts are with you. Bob's smile, kindness, and charity will never be forgotten. Whether it required a simple kind word,...Read More »
7 of 72 | Posted by: Brad & Tina Guyer - Peoria, IL

“Sherry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ...Read More »
8 of 72 | Posted by: Sandy Ruhland - Iowa City, IA

“To the Family of Bob Carpenter and the Johnson County Sherriff'sDepartment Bob will be greatly missed by all that knew him. I will always remember...Read More »
9 of 72 | Posted by: Terri Lee (Mellecker) Doehrmann - IA

“Sherry, I'm very sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man and both skilled and dedicated in his service to public safety. ”
10 of 72 | Posted by: J. Patrick White

“Condolences to Bob's family. I have many fond memories of serving with Bob on the Johnson County Emergency Managment Board. He was a pleasure to...Read More »
11 of 72 | Posted by: Martin L. Jones - Iowa City, IA

“Sherry You are in our hearts Thinking of you Sue and Larry Kasparek ”
12 of 72 | Posted by: Sue Barkalow - north liberty, IA

“Sherry and Family You have our deepest sympathy. Bob was a very good person and the citizens of Johnson County have alot to be thankful for...Read More »
13 of 72 | Posted by: Dan & Pat Quiles - Iowa City, IA

“Barbara and I wish to extend our sympathy to you and your family. Bob was always willing to extend a helping hand and a kind word, as he did for me...Read More »
14 of 72 | Posted by: Warren Bigelow - Iowa City, IA

“Sherry & Family, You have my sympathy on Bob's loss. He was a great man and did very fine things for the community. He and his co-workers were...Read More »
15 of 72 | Posted by: Bob Simonson - IA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, from the Dickens family. ”
16 of 72 | Posted by: Tim Dickens - Iowa City, IA

“My deepest condolences go out to the Carpenter family. Bob always seemed to be in great spirits regardless of how he was feeling. He had great love...Read More »
17 of 72 | Posted by: Paula Bakey - Coralville, IA

“Carpenter Family, we were so sorry to read of Bob's passing. While on the North Liberty Fire Department Tom always enjoyed working with Bob, and...Read More »
18 of 72 | Posted by: Tom and Terry Johnson - IA

“To the Bob Carpenter Family: We are so sorry that Bob is no longer with us, and we will miss him very much. We always enjoyed his company and sense...Read More »
19 of 72 | Posted by: Bernis Stagg and Mike Bresnahan - IA

“Sherry and family, Sorry to hear about Bob. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Eric and Theresa Stewart ”
20 of 72 | Posted by: Theresa Stewart

“Sherry and Family, Our sympathies go out to your family at this time of grief. Bob will truly be missed by all. Our prayers go with you! Mike ...Read More »
21 of 72 | Posted by: Mike & Barb Walters - IA - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My heart goes out to Sherry and the family. ”
22 of 72 | Posted by: Pam Kacmarynski - Solon, IA

“Sherry and family, We're very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. His outgoing, friendly personality is something we'll always remember about him. We...Read More »
23 of 72 | Posted by: Bill Barnes - Mesa, AZ

“Our Condolencxes to Sherry and the family. His service to the community and fellow mankind is a lasting tribute of his life. Blessings to you all. ”
24 of 72 | Posted by: George & Alice Floss - Kissimmee, FL

“I will personally miss Bob! He not only advised me as a co-worker, but he as well mentored me as a person like a father would have. He would always...Read More »
25 of 72 | Posted by: Lisa Elaine Bush - North Liberty, IA

“Sherry and family. You have our sympathy. Will always remember Bob at the Beef Days tractor pulls. And his smile. ”
26 of 72 | Posted by: Len and Merry TePel - Solon, IA

“Our sympathy goes out to your family at this time with the loss of Bob. ”
27 of 72 | Posted by: Ron & Bonnabelle Rayner Lone Tree

“Renda and Family, Our sympathy goes to you and your entire family. May you find comfort in the memories of your father. ”
28 of 72 | Posted by: Carl, Tammy, Morgan and Claire Ronnebaum - IA

“Bob was a tremendous public servant and a well respected Law Enforcement Officer. We will all miss Bob for his contributions to the community. Our...Read More »
29 of 72 | Posted by: Ron and Bev Wenman - Coralville , IA

“Sherry and family I remember Bob as a kind and caring person. My heart goes out to you at this time of great sorrow. You will have many great...Read More »
30 of 72 | Posted by: Lois Riggan - Ainsworth, IA

“Most of us in Law Enforcement really want only one thing to be said about us on our tombstone: "He was a good cop". Bob was a "good cop" and a good...Read More »
31 of 72 | Posted by: Peter Wright - Eden, VT

“RENEE AND FAMILY THINKING OF YOU AT THIS TIME. ARE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU. I REMEMBER 18 YEARS AGO WHEN MY DAD PASSED AWAY YOUR DAD WAS...Read More »
32 of 72 | Posted by: JIM AND JOY HAYSLETT - IOWA CITY, IA

“Shocked and saddened by the loss of Mr. Carpenter. I have known the Carpenter's my entire life, my thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful wife...Read More »
33 of 72 | Posted by: Danielle King, RN - Mount Vernon, IA

“Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal There is love and strength in family “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a...Read More »
34 of 72 | Posted by: Carrie Hanson - Coralville, IA

“Sherry and family, All of Johnson County shares your loss, but Coralville especially loses a friend and leader. Christmas lights in the winter,...Read More »
35 of 72 | Posted by: Sue and Bob Dvorsky - Coralville, IA

“I would like to extend my condolences to Sherry, Renee, Rochelle, Renda, Ryan and all their families. I'm very sorry for your loss. After reading...Read More »
36 of 72 | Posted by: Tammie (Bryant) Ruth - Chariton, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I know that my parents are there with you in spirit. Sherry was always a good to my mom and she always mentioned when...Read More »
37 of 72 | Posted by: Kelly Ben-David (Janet and Jim Miller's Daughter - IA

“Sherry, Renee, Rochelle, Renda, Ryan and Family, I was so sad to get the news of Bob's passing. Please know I've got all of you in my prayers. ...Read More »
38 of 72 | Posted by: Bev Nelson - Coralville, IA

“Thoughts and prayers, go out to Bobs Family, I will THANK HIM ONE MORE TIME FOR SAVING MY LIFE, WE HAVE COME ALONG WAY SINCE THE 70'S, THANKS FOR...Read More »
39 of 72 | Posted by: Terri Parris - Tiffin, IA

“Sherry Sad when those who are so pleasant and kind leave us. I'm sure, like everyone else, he had his days but I don't think I ever saw Bob without...Read More »
40 of 72 | Posted by: Virginia (Humphreys) Scott - IA

“My deepest sympathy to you and all your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
41 of 72 | Posted by: Betty Westcott Stone - Davenport, IA

“Renda and Family, The memories and stories of your Dad that people will share with you in the coming days will become treasures that you will keep...Read More »
42 of 72 | Posted by: Sheila - Iowa City, IA - Friend

“I have many wonderful memories or working with Bob in emergency situations in the 70's. He will be missed, but will continue to be with us in our...Read More »
43 of 72 | Posted by: James Ward - Hampshire, IL

“Was so sorry to hear about Bob passing. I remember Bob very much as being so pleasant to be around. He will be missed and being this time of the...Read More »
44 of 72 | Posted by: David Warn - Fort Myers, FL

“I was shocked to hear of Bob's death. He was the sheriff when my daughter was in Sheriff's Explorers. She wanted to be a State Trooper like Allen...Read More »
45 of 72 | Posted by: Mrs. Marvel Ann Titone - Oxford, IA

“So sorry for your loss Sherry, my deepest sympathy to you and all your family. What a loss to the whole community. ”
46 of 72 | Posted by: Sandy Wieland - Iowa City, IA

“So young ! ! Sad times for your family. You'll look back on memories you'll forget you had, and at times you'll smile even though it hurts. Your...Read More »
47 of 72 | Posted by: Dianna Brant Brack - Tiffin, IA

“So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We have known Bob for many, many years. He lived next to me when were in school and he drove my school bus when...Read More »
48 of 72 | Posted by: Mary Ann and Harold Mullinnix - IA

“I did not have the pleasure of meeting Robert however it is blindingly apparent Ryan had received great guidance from him throughout his life. Men...Read More »
49 of 72 | Posted by: Terry Gewecke - Atkins, IA

“Ron and I were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Mother and I flew to Arizona on Halloween and will be here until sometime in April. Kim called...Read More »
50 of 72 | Posted by: Carol Stiers - Coralville, IA

“What a kind man! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Many happy memories of Bob and family. ”
51 of 72 | Posted by: Tad and Sarah(Dolezal) Gallagher - IA

“Renda, Conner, Colby, Sherrry & all the Carpenter clan we were so sorry to hear about Bob. We have you in our thoughts & prayers. Keep his smile &...Read More »
52 of 72 | Posted by: Cathy, Lon, Sam & Keanan Tinkey - IA

“I knew Bob's parents from the many dances we attended. The Kneeknockers met yesterday a group Sherry I believe started and shared her sorrow. I...Read More »
53 of 72 | Posted by: Marilyn Jensen - Coralville, IA

“To the Carpenter family, We were so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We, like so very many others, loved, respected, and admired Bob. I know we...Read More »
54 of 72 | Posted by: Bonnie Klinkkammer - West Branch, IA

“We are so sorry for your loss. I just remember all the times we saw you guys at the sporting events. He was a very special family man and will be...Read More »
55 of 72 | Posted by: Donna Arthur - ainsworth, IA

“I'll never forget this guy. We share birthdays and numbers at county when he was a deputy. 52-12 and R-12. We just called each other "12". I'll miss...Read More »
56 of 72 | Posted by: Marci Zeithamel Michel - Solon, IA

“Bob was a fine Law Enforcement Officer, respected by all that knew him. He will be missed by all who knew him.Condolences to the family.Peace... ”
57 of 72 | Posted by: Bob Stika - Iowa City, IA

“Renee, Marty, and family, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary & Kevin ”
58 of 72 | Posted by: Kevin & Mary - North Liberty, IA

“Sherry and Family I am sorry for your loss. You all know I worked with Bob for many years he was a great professional leader/boss. He will be missed...Read More »
59 of 72 | Posted by: Dan Hayslett - Iowa City, IA

“You and in our thoughts and prayers. ”
60 of 72 | Posted by: Steve and Jan Soboroff - IA

“Our symapthies go out to your family at this time of grief. Our prayers go with you! Carrie and Tom Coburn(classmates of Rochelle's). ”
61 of 72 | Posted by: Carrie Carter Coburn - Hills , IA, IA

“You will be missed Bob. My dad thought the world of you. All the memories of you and dad chatting and laughing! Seeing you at the RACES and cheering...Read More »
62 of 72 | Posted by: Mary Kaye Knottnerus (Allen) - IA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sherry and family. We will all miss him! Steve & Gina Henkelman ”
63 of 72 | Posted by: Steve Henkelman - Oxford , IA

“I want to tell you that I am thinking of you and your family at this time. Please accept my condolences. ”
64 of 72 | Posted by: Kristin (Meyer) Cannon - IA

“To the Carpenter Family: Extending my heartfelt sympathies at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. What a GREAT man- His loss will be...Read More »
65 of 72 | Posted by: Krista Poulsen-Frandsen - IA

“Sherry, Renee and family - my heart goes out to you . .. . thinking of you during this time of sorrow and sending prayers your way. Please find...Read More »
66 of 72 | Posted by: Michelle Miles - Tipton, IA

“What a wonderful man. What a terrible loss. I worked with Bob for many years when he was Sheriff and I worked as a paramedic with Johnson County. He...Read More »
67 of 72 | Posted by: Karen D. Egerton - Coralville, IA

“Rochelle and Family, I am truly saddened to hear of your loss and would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family on the recent...Read More »
68 of 72 | Posted by: Shana Andrews - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Dear Rochelle and family, Knowing how tender-hearted, kind, and caring you are, we know this is very difficult. Please know that we continue to...Read More »
69 of 72 | Posted by: Mary Lou Erlacher - Cedar Rapids, IA

“I would like to extend my condolences to Sherry, Renee, Rochelle, Renda, and Ryan. I'm very sorry for your loss and I wish we could be there to help...Read More »
70 of 72 | Posted by: Steven Forbes - Niceville, FL

“My heart goes out to family and friends of Bob Carpenter. Although I never had the pleasure of knowing him, I know his daughters... and my heart...Read More »
71 of 72 | Posted by: Kathy Beck - North Liberty, IA

“Dear Sherry and Family, We send our deepest smypathy to you and your family. I have many years of very fond memories of working with Bob and being...Read More »
72 of 72 | Posted by: Robert "BJ" and Anne Dolezal - WI


Robert Warren "Bob" Carpenter, 70, longtime Johnson County Sheriff, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Memorial donations can be made in Bob's memory to Zion Lutheran Church or to a fund that will be distributed by the family at a later date. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Bob was born June 1, 1942, in Iowa City the son of Warren and Fern (Meyer) Carpenter. Growing up in Lone Tree he attended schools there graduating from Lone Tree High School in 1960. He married Sherry Lackender on January 23, 1965. For a number of years, Bob worked as an electrician for Nate Moore Wiring and farmed. He began a distinguished career in law enforcement for about 40 years with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department as a reserve, then a dispatcher, deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and being elected to serve as Sheriff in 1989 serving for 16 years retiring in 2005. Bob was respected by many in law enforcement; city, county and state officials; by not only the public that he served, but even those who sometimes ended up being on the other side of the law! In his retirement he enjoyed his work with Streb Construction.

Bob has been involved with so much and so many in his years in public service; recognized and honored for all that he has given of his self and family for so many. While with the department he was instrumental in the K-9 unit, Dare Program, mentoring the Explorers, establishing the first rescue unit, and so much more. He had served as president of the Iowa State Sheriffs' and Deputies Association, and was one of the charter members of Lein, (Law Enforcement Intelligence Network) the program which is now the model for the rest of the country. You would also find Bob doing children's John Deere pedal tractor pulls at all the area fairs, parades, and local fun days. He loved putting up a Christmas yard display every year, was a huge NASCAR fan, especially Dale Earnhardt JR, and so looked forward to their annual Iowa State Fair trips. But most dear to his heart was his family, especially being there for his children and grandchildren's events over the years, he was one very proud dad and grandpa!

His family includes his wife, Sherry; their children, Renee Beckler (Marty), Rochelle Sowers (David), Renda Greene (fiancée Steve Fishman), and Ryan Carpenter; seven grandchildren, Alexa and Aubrey Sowers, Dalton, Colton and Payton Beckler, Conner and Colby Greene and Steve's children, Brody, Addison, Matt, and Zach Fishman; brother Larry Carpenter and a very special aunt, Millie Carpenter. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Linda Carpenter.

Bob Carpenter will be remembered for his smile, his strong work ethic, could fix anything, knew everyone and simply one of the good ole boys kind of man!