Robert Muir


Robert Dean Muir, 91, of Fort Madison, IA and formerly of Keosauqua passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at River Valley Place in Fort Madison, IA.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Kathryn Hart officiating.  Burial will be in the Fellows Cemetery immediately following.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Masonic Rites by Keosauqua Lodge # 10 A.F. & A.M. will begin at 10:45 a.m. and last until the time of service.  Memorial contributions in Bob’s honor may be directed to the Fellows Cemetery Association or to EveryStep Hospice. Friends may leave online condolences at

Robert Muir was born in Keosauqua, Iowa on September 7, 1932. He was a beloved father, friend and community member. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan Muir, in 2011 as well as his significant other, Dorothy Tweedy, in 2020. Bob is survived by his daughter, Peggy Ragaini (David) of Brookfield CT and his son Dr. Stephen Muir of Mansfield Center, CT. He leaves behind six grandchildren, John Muir, Emily Poels (Nick), Jeff Muir (his fiancee, Stephanie), Anthony Ragaini, Jason Muir, and Jared Muir. He is also survived by three grandchildren-Ellie, Ethan, and Albert.

Bob worked for the Rock Island Railroad as a telegraph operator before moving on the Northwestern Bell and AT&T. After 25 + years, he retired from AT&T as a Marketing Manager. Bob and Joan raised their family in Des Moines where they had many friends and neighbors. He was active in the Masons and the Shriners. Upon his retirement, Bob moved to Keosauqua, the hometown he loved, with Joan and they enjoyed renovating his parents’ home. Bob and Joan spent many happy years socializing with a close group of friends. He always made a point to attend the annual high school reunion in May. He was active in the Lions’ Club, the Historical Society, the United
Methodist Church, and was a driver with the Ambulance crew. Bob was an avid gardener and enjoyed anything that involved the outdoors. He and Joan enjoyed wintering in Southern Texas for many years. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

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