Robert V. McAllister, 77, of Cascade, left peacefully early Monday, August 1, 2011, at 1:10 a.m., at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. He was reunited in heaven with his wife of 50 years, Margie. Services were held August 5 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, with the Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post No. 528.
Robert was born May 10, 1934, on the home farm near Cascade, Iowa, son of Joseph and Angeline (Klein) McAlister. He received his education in the country schools for four years, and then at the former St. Mary’s School in Cascade. On Feb. 11, 1956, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Margie E. McDermott. The couple farmed on the family farm for 30 years. He then worked for his brother-in-law at Cedar Rapids Janitorial for nine years. He later worked at Cigrand Brothers John Deere until his retirement in 2000.
Bob was a most loving and caring man. He was well liked by all. Though Bob will be missed by his friends and family, he leaves behind many happy memories. He enjoyed dancing and card playing.
He is an Army veteran, for which he volunteered, reporting to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. in February 1954 for training, after which time he was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas, for artillery training. He was then stationed in Germany until Dec. 31, 1955, when he was honorably discharged.
Bob was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade American Legion Post No. 526, and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council No. 930.
He is survived by eight children, Dave McAllister of Cascade, Pat (Bonnie) McAlister of Dubuque, Marty (Donna) McAllister of Ely, Pete (Chris) McAllister of Cascade, Diane (Greg) Wagner of Dubuque, Rob (Kathy) McAllister of Cascade, Jamie (Tammy) McAllister and Vic (Cher) McAllister of Marion; 23 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Margie) McAllister of Palmetto, Fla., and Charles (Bev) McAllister of Marion; four sisters, Alberta (Hal) VanNest of Cedar Rapids, Sister Dolores, OSF of Dubuque, Rita (Jerry) Hoffman of Greendale, Wis., and Cecelia (Joe) Koob of Monticello; and two sisters-in-law, Flo McAllister and Marlene McAllister.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margie E. McAllister on Feb 7, 2007; four brothers, James, Don, Paul and Tom McAlister; and four sisters, Irene Huber, Loretta Minton, Margaret Bakey and Kathleen McAllister.