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Robert C. "Bob" Assenmacher - 83

7/1/1935 - 2/7/2019

Clinton, IA

Robert C. “Bob” Assenmacher age 83 of Clinton, passed away Thursday Feb. 7, 2019 at West Wing Place in DeWitt.  Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday Feb. 13th at St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Sugar Creek.  Visitation will be held Wednesday 9:30 AM until the service at the church.  The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Burial will be held at the St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Sugar Creek.  Online condolences may be left at


     Bob was born on July 1, 1935 in Browns Station, IA, the son of Mathias and Marie (Arkenberg) Assenmacher. He was a US Army veteran, serving from 1958-1960. He worked as a machinist for International Paper, Clinton for over 30 years, retiring in 1997.  Bob attended the Church of the Visitation in Camanche.  He enjoyed playing the organ, riding motorcycles, and tinkering with electronics.


     Bob is survived by his three daughters, Natalie (Brian) Zaehringer of Davenport, IA, Loreen (David) Hampton of Bettendorf, IA, and Beth (Andrew) Jacobs of Shorewood, WI; six grandchildren, Megan (Brett) Umthun, Dustin Gustafson, Taylor Hampton, Sophie Zaehringer, Elise Jacobs, and Samuel Jacobs; and a brother, John (Janella) Assenmacher of Goose Lake, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille.


Visitation will be held Wednesday 9:30 AM until the service at the church. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday Feb. 13th at St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Sugar Creek. Burial will be held at the St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Sugar Creek.


  • Diane ketelsen

    on 02/08/19

    I went to school with Bob..He graduated one year a head of me but the last few years both of our classes ( Class of 1954 and Class of 1953) met for breakfast in Clinton every other month.. He was good about coming to these and loved to visit with everyone.. He had a very Special friend in Daniel Luckstead who he talked about all the time....  We all will miss him.. Rest in Peace Bob...

  • Jeff and Kim Bielema

    on 02/09/19

    Bob was a wonderful neighbor, always had time to chat and kept a watchful eye on the neighborhood. He had a great sense of humor had a great heart . He wasn’t a big fan of my dogs but that’s because he was a cat man and loved his cat and at times had his little furry friend out on a leash lol My whole life he was the guy that lived up the street on the corner . Spent many an afternoon talking the day away ! Good Ol’ Bob will sure be missed ! 

  • Sandra and Donald Hamm

    on 02/09/19

    I met Bob through my husband who had worked with him at International Paper. We use to see him and visit when he rode his bike past our house on the bike path. He had a dry sense of humour which I I really liked and we spent a lot of time trying to out do each other.we continued our friendship after we moved to Il. My husband talked to him just lately and we were saddened to hear he was ill and are here in Tx. and couldn't even visit. The world has less humour without him---- an honorable man.
  • Christine McCann

    on 02/10/19

    We are so sorry to hear about Bob passing away. He was one of our best customers buying sweetcorn at the farm, and he entertained us with his stories and sense of humor. We will miss him.
  • Merle Gallentine

    on 02/11/19

     So sorry to hear this. Bob was my neighbor.We both liked tinkering with our old motorcycles. He would come over to my garage and chat about our bikes. Im going to miss his visits and his sense of humor.May he rest in peace.

  • Michael Motroni

    on 02/11/19

    Bob was my neighbor when we lived on 28th ave N, across the alley from Bob. Bob was always tinkering with one thing or another. He saw my kids grow up and always talked to them, We moved about 10 years ago, butt I always saw Bob out or at the stores and Talked with him, Will Miss you Bob

  • Paul arkenberg

    on 02/12/19

    Sorry for your loss I grew up with the Assenmacher family, he was a great brother, he will be missed. He will always be remembered with warm thoughts. we had great memories of motocycle rides.   

  • Christy Paul

    on 02/14/19

         So sorry to hear of your Fathers passing.  Bob lived up the street from us on Pershing and we spoke often.  We always heard about Beth and her kids.  I think it was because she was the one I usually saw when my kids went to Elijah Buell.  My Husband and I kept up with Bob through the years until we recently moved to Camanche.  We would see him at Mass on Saturday at Church of the Visitation.  Jesse and I thought he may have gotten better after his surgery and went to Visit Family.  We were shocked and saddened to hear that was not the case.  Our Sincere Sympathy to all of you.  Your are in our thoughts and Prayers.

    Christy and Jesse Paul


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