Robert “Bob” Jewell

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:55 pm

Robert “Bob” Jewell, 87, of Decorah, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m.  Thursday, Oct. 8, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Organist is Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor is Cindy Schissel. Hymns are “Be Not Afraid,” “Bread of Life,” “Amazing Grace,” “I Want to Walk as a Child” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Ushers are  Janaan Malanaphy and Dick Guilgot. Lector is Pat Malanaphy. Eucharistic ministers are Pat Malanaphy, Dave and Jean Wise. Offertory gift bearers are Jessica Tangen and Samantha Wedemeier. Memories are being offered by Bobby Jewell, Jr. Honorary casket bearers are Roy Macal, Joe Hemesath, Walter Langland, Roger Bullerman and Gene McCann. Casket bearers are Tyler Sloan, Colin Sloan, Robert Jewell, III, Josey Jewell, Evan Fernandez and Alec Fernandez. Interment is at St. Benedict’s Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements are being handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

On March 20, 1928, Robert Joseph Jewell entered this world with the gift to make people laugh. Bob was born on a farm near Bluffton, to Clarence and Marie (Werhan) Jewell. He was baptized at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Bluffton. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Decorah and started the family farm tradition as it continues today. He attended Decorah Community Schools and graduated in 1946. While in high school, Bob excelled in many sports, especially football. He also was an accomplished saxophone player. Playing music with his mom and siblings was a favorite family tradition. Even though he arrived late for their first date, Rosie Courtney married Bob June 7, 1958, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah. Bob and Rosie were blessed with four children. They enjoyed watching and supporting their children and grandchildren in all their activities and sporting events. In addition to farming, Bob operated Decorah Feed Store where he sold Madison Silos, Crows Seed Corn, Badger farm equipment and Doboy Feeds; through this he gained many customers who he considered friends for life. Bob and Rosie enjoyed the many trips around the world that he earned through his sales business. Bob was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Bob always was a joker and loved to make people laugh, even in his older years. He was at his best surrounded by family and friends with either a deck of cards or a fishing pole in his hand.

Bob is survived by his wife, Rosie Jewell, Decorah; three children: Roberta “Bert” (Mike) Sloan, Rochester, Minn.; Robert “Bobby” (Paula) Jewell, Jr., Decorah; and Rebecca “Becky” (Lee) Fernandez, Madison, Wis.; eight grandchildren: Tyler and Colin Sloan, Jessica (Mike) Tangen, Samantha (Tyler) Wedemeier; Robert “Robby” Jewell, Josey Jewell, Evan and Alec Fernandez; three great-grandchildren: Gracelynn, Jaden and Virginia Rose Tangen; one brother, Tom Jewell, Decorah; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Jewell, Evansdale and Pat Jewell, Decorah; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Marie (Werhan) Jewell; one daughter, Renee Jewell, in 1981; one sister, Sister Rosemary Jewell, RSM, in 1991; one brother, Clarence Jewell, Jr., in 2007; his father-in-law, Luke and Agnes (Kelly) Courtney; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Ruth Courtney.

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