Robert Dell Marlow, age 94, of Algona, IA, died Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. He was born on a farm near Lone Rock, IA, on Oct. 29, 1926, son of Dell and Lillian Marlow. He grew up on the farm with his five sisters and one brother.
In 1944, Bob graduated from Lone Rock High School. Several months later, he joined the Army and was initially sent to Fort Snelling in St. Paul, MN. While Bob was on a troop ship headed for Japan, World War II ended, so he was sent to Korea and served there through 1946. After his discharge, Bob returned home to work on the family farm with his father and younger siblings.
Bob married Nancy Ohrtman in Ringsted, IA, on Dec. 21, 1958, and the couple farmed together first near Lone Rock and then west of Burt. They raised four children, teaching them the importance of family and teamwork. Annual family vacations, beanwalking and activities at Lone Rock Presbyterian Church highlighted those years.
Bob and Nancy retired from farming in 1991 and relocated to Algona, IA. In the following years, the couple traveled the U.S., took a memorable trip to Ireland, and made countless trips to visit children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members. In 2018, the family's land west of Burt, IA, received a Heritage Award for 150 years in the Marlow name. Bob was a member of the Lone Rock American Legion and was honored for his 75 years of membership this past Memorial Day.
Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy; four children, Brenda (Dale) Oberhelman, Pomeroy, IA, Paula (Guy) Limbeck, Byron, MN, Dan (Chivonne) Decorah, IA, Cindy (Brian) McClenagan, Plainview, TX; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother Jim (Colleen) Marlow and sister Joyce Bausman.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Shirley Arns, Betty Smith, Wilma Bonstead and Doris Dallman.