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Robert L. Grell - 77

3/12/1941 - 11/11/2018

Clinton, Iowa

     Robert L. Grell, age 77 of Clinton, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 at West Wing Place in DeWitt.  In following Robert’s wishes cremation rites have been accorded.  A gathering of family and friends will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in Robert’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.


     Robert was born in Clinton on March 12, 1941, the son of Alfred C. and Carrie (Hendes) Grell.  He graduated from Clinton High School.  He married V. Irene Anderson on June 17, 1961 in Clinton.  Robert was employed at E.I. DuPont retiring after 34 years of service.  He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish and the Eagle’s Club.  Robert enjoyed spending time with and spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He had been a Little League coach, was an avid golfer and followed the Chicago Cubs and Bears and the Iowa Hawkeye’s.


     Robert is survived by his wife Irene; four children, Scott (Kim) Grell of Fulton, Joe Grell of Jefferson City, Missouri, Paula (David Kearns) Grell of Fulton and Bud (Amy Cavanaugh) of Clinton; 10 grandchildren, Codie (Allison), Kylie, Molly (Lance), Brady (Maddie), Justin, Kaitlynn (Brian), Sydney (John), Jason, Jacob and Jenna; 3 great grandchildren, Konner, Kaylee and Easton; 5 brothers, Alfred “Sonny” (Donita) Grell of Elk River, MN, Jim Grell of Georgetown, TX, Steve (Diane) Grell of Arvada, CO, Roger (Joanie) Grell of Loveland, CO and David (Betty) Grell of Arvada, CO; 3 sisters, Jan Schumacher of Clinton, Jackie (Fred) Mussmann of Clinton and Linda (David) Vogel of Camanche; 3 brothers-in-law, David Junker of California, Bill Rogis of Clinton and Art Snodgrass of Camanche; a sister-in-law, Kathy Bradford (Rancher Ron) of Bozeman, Montana and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Harold and 4 sisters, Joan, Marilyn, Connie and Kathy.  Online condolences may be left at


Gathering of Friends

4:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home.

Memorial Service:

10:30 AM Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Dan & Kim Bennet

    on 11/12/18

    We are very sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.may your memories bring you comfort and peace. 

    Dan & Kim Bennett 

  • Rob Kutscher

    on 11/13/18

    Sorry for your loss.  I can't make the trip as I just started a new job.  Sending prayers for comfort. 


  • Terre Herkelman

    on 11/13/18

    Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I have many good memories of you & Bob!Last time seen you two was in airport in Las Vegas!

  • Tamra Jetter

    on 11/15/18

    So, sorry for the loss of your loved one. Your family is in our prayers.
  • Mary Jo Talkington

    on 11/18/18

    Irene,  We have been traveling for over a week and are in Florida right now.  Just got an email about Bob's passing.  I am so sorry for your loss.  I loved that guy, he always had a shy smile on his face.  Hold your family close to get through this loss.  You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  You and your family have our deepest sympathy from Al and I.  

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