Bobby Holsapple


Bobby Darrell Holsapple lived an honorable life. His love of family, unwavering work ethic, and faith were inspirational. He created an impactful legacy, along with his wife, which will be carried forward by his family, who he cherished. Bob spent much of his life farming, growing crops and raising livestock. His dedication, and success, yielded respect of many, which even resulted in him earning accolades as Iowa’s Outstanding Young Farmer. Bob served as School Board President of Fox Valley School District, where he handed each of his four boys their high school diplomas. There was little that was ordinary about Bob. His love for his wife, Barb, was unconditional. His
admiration and commitment to his family had no bounds. Bob’s faith led him in life. He found tremendous joy interacting with his grandkids on the farm, and he loved playing jokes on them. Speaking of love, he had a fierce sweet tooth.

Bob and Barb Holsapple were proudly married for 52 years and raised four boys, Allen (Rhonda), resides in Cedar Rapids, IA; Craig, resides in Marshalltown, Iowa; Rod (Anne), resides in Lake Winnebago, MO, and Rene (Deb), resides in Marshalltown, Iowa. Bob had nine grandchildren, Michelle (Jason) Lewis, Eric (Heidi), Leslie Irlbeck, Michael (Lynn), Greg (Crystal), Lucas (Catherine), Chandler, Jeana and Lexi (Jake). Bob had nine great-grandchildren.

Bob valued his childhood memories, growing up in Sullivan, IL with his family, who preceded him in death: Dale and Mary Holsapple (parents); Guy, Arch, Duane, Lee, Ivan (brothers); and Velma Schumaker (sister). Family, community, and God were the loves of Bob’s life.

Other interests included boating, water skiing, snow skiing, hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Bob lived a life of service, specifically through the U.S. Navy, First Responders, American Legion, and Milton Christian Church, where he was a deacon for decades. Bob was very proud of his vision and leadership, which led to the completion of the legion hall, and a remodel of the church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at the Milton Christian Church with Pastor Kevin Mote officiating.  Burial will be in the Milton Sunnyside Cemetery immediately following the service. 

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at the Cranston-Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions in Bobby’s honor may be directed to the Milton Sunnyside Cemetery Association or to EveryStep Hospice.  Friends may leave online condolences at

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