OTTUMWA — Robert E. “Bob” Musgrove, 88, of Ottumwa, died at 1:47 p.m. March 3, 2014, at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
He was born November 25, 1925, in Ottumwa to Hollie and Madge Bryant Musgrove. He married Ila Mae Morris on September 23, 1945, in San Jose, Calif.
Robert was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. After his military service, he worked construction around the Midwest. He worked for his father-in-law and then opened his own business, Musgrove Concrete, retiring in 1987. During retirement, he worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a park attendant at campgrounds all around the country.
Robert was a member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Carpenters Local #767. He loved hunting, fishing and music, and had played with the municipal band.
Surviving are his wife, Ila; two daughters, Mary Ann (Vern) Lobaugh of Ottumwa and Jenny (Lon) Fiege of Watertown, Wis.; a son, William Arthur (Candy) Musgrove of Ottumwa; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Ted Musgrove of Cedar Rapids; a half sister, Betty Miles; and a half-brother, Eugene Musgrove; a good friend, Gary Terrell of Ottumwa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Barbara Richards; a granddaughter, Julie Richards; three brothers, Bill Musgrove, Clayton Musgrove and Terry Carter.
His body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Skinner officiating. Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Davis County High School Choir.