Robert F. Plattenberger

November 15, 1921 - June 9, 2018


Robert F. Plattenberger, 96, of Martelle, Iowa, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 surrounded by family.


As a citizen, Robert was quietly attentive; as a son, dutiful; as a husband, loving and constant; as a father and grandfather, patient and kind; as a friend, loyal. His presence enhanced his community. In short, he was as honest a man as ever God with his image blest.


The celebration of life service will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Martelle United Methodist Church, with Pastor Sue Ellen Sherman and Pastor Carla Burge officiating. A visitation and lunch will follow the service. A private burial will be at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. The Beatty-Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


On November 15, 1921, Robert was born at home in rural Mt. Vernon to Leila (Barr) and Luther Plattenberger. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1940 and attended Iowa State University. Robert was united in marriage with Roberta Mae Wilson on February 18, 1945 in Mount Vernon. They made their home in Martelle where they farmed the rest of their lives.


Robert was an avid reader. When reading became too difficult, he listened to hundreds of Talking Books from the Commission for the Blind. He enjoyed his grandchildren, traveling and fishing. He was a longtime member of the Martelle United Methodist Church.


He is survived by his daughters Margaret Sadeghpour--Kramer (Monte) of Mount Vernon, Marilyn Bauch (Jared) of Traer Iowa, Dr. Robin Plattenberger Gilmore (Richard) of Washington, Iowa; sister, Mary Carol Lambertsen of Anamosa; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Roberta on January 2, 2013; daughter, Barbara on September 27, 2009; and one grandson, Robert.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Friends of the Library (Talking Books) c/o Marilyn Bauch, 902 Mill Street, Traer, IA 50675.






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