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Bob & Linda Haley

Robert Faye Haley was born in Creston, Iowa on September 21, 1946 to James Calvin and Dorotha Olive (Lane) Haley. Bobby grew up in Benton, Iowa "running the town" with best friends, Larry Bowen, Oscar Bowen and Gail Matthews. He graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1965 and joined the Navy where he was deployed to Vietnam serving as a Storekeeper with a rank of SK2.

Linda Gayle (Ferguson) Haley was born in Ruston, Louisiana on October 7, 1949 to H.T. and Leola (Lockwood) Ferguson (Shaw). Linda grew up in Birmingham, Alabama attending Glenn Vocational High School. After high school Linda married Roger Morris and to this union Cynthia Deanne was born in 1967. They divorced and Linda and Syndi moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. Shortly after, Linda met Bob while he was stationed in New Orleans serving in the Navy aboard the U. S. S. Hyman.

Bob and Linda were married on October 14, 1968. To this union were born two children, Rebecca Sue in 1969 and Bobby Jo in 1974. Bob adopted Syndi in 1971. The family moved to Creston but eventually settled in Mt. Ayr where Bob was a District Lineman for Iowa Southern Utilities which ultimately became Alliant Energy.

Through the years Linda was known to be a housewife and homemaker and even became a certified caregiver for many of the local children while their parents worked. In 1982 Linda and Bob purchased the Southside Tavern. The bar was sold in 1992 and Linda found pleasure in helping elderly friends and neighbors by giving rides to and from doctor visits. She also spent time working at the Neighborhood Center, Hospice and would help wherever she was needed.

After Bob retired in 2007, he continued to enjoy fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening, Thursday nights at the Hunting Lodge, and spending time with his grandchildren. Linda was hospitable to every person who crossed her path. If you left their home hungry, it was not her fault. They both loved to hunt for Morel mushrooms and were renowned in knowing all of the best spots.

Bob and Linda passed away in their home in Benton as the result of a fire on February 10, 2017.

Left to cherish their memories are their children, Syndi (Jim Weaver) Noble of Winterset, IA, Rebecca (Joao) de Araujo of Tustin, CA, and Bobby (Cora) Haley of Creston, IA; Vera Haley of Mount Ayr and David (Becky) Noble of Winterset; Linda's sister, Judy Jackson of Benton, IA; brother Ronnie (Loretta) Ferguson of Birmingham, AL, step-brother, Claude Mann of Dallas, TX; Bob's sisters Joan (Donnie) Stringham of Benton, IA, and Mary Jane (Ernie) Garrett of Diagonal, IA; grandchildren, Dakota (Nick Shoman) Noble of Des Moines, IA, Christopher (Heather Edrozo) Noble of Winterset, IA, Breanne Haley of Creston, IA, Nathaniel, Christopher and Kaylee Wells of Creston, IA, Emily Edrozo of Winterset, IA, and a soon-to-be-born great-granddaughter from Dakota Noble; accepted grandchildren, Jayden, Chloe, Abby Jo, Kenley, and Brylee, children of niece Megan (Tracy) O'Neill of Clarinda, IA.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, and step-brothers, Carl, Larry and David Mann. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Julia Ann (Donnie) Stephens.

Bob and Linda leave behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and acquaintances to grieve their loss. The Mt. Ayr and Benton communities have lost two great souls that touched many, many lives.

 

Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church - Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Officiant: Rev. Mike Maddy

Open Viewing: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wed. Feb. 15

Family Present: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wed. Feb. 15 held at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr

Military Rites: Navy Honor Guard Unit & Ringgold Post #172

Burial: Benton Cemetery - Benton, Iowa

Memorials: To the family to be decided


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Sail on brother. God bless you for your service to my country. Don Knoxville Gas ret. 2010

Don Tucker Feb 24 2017 12:00 AM

Attended the funeral services today for Bob. I was a classmate\' of his. I was also \" A Benton Kid\". I was a rural Benton resident; I lived on a farm west of Benton. Bob, Larry Bowen, Gail Matthews, Judy Blunck, Oscar Bowen were all my Benton friends. Bob and Larry gave me the name of \"Spanky\". Everytime ziel would see Bob and Larry, they would always call me Spanky. They have all pasted away now. May they all Rest in Peace ...Carol Shay Sheldon. ??.

Carol Sheldon Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

Attended the funeral services today for Bob. I was a classmate' of his. I was also " A Benton Kid". I was a rural Benton resident; I lived on a farm west of Benton. Bob, Larry Bowen, Gail Matthews, Judy Blunck, Oscar Bowen were all my Benton friends. Bob and Larry gave me the name of "Spanky". Everytime ziel would see Bob and Larry, they would always call me Spanky. They have all pasted away now. May they all Rest in Peace ...Carol Shay Sheldon. ??.

Carol Sheldon Feb 17 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Bob and Linda were two of the most welcoming people I have ever known. It didn't matter who you were or what you had done, if they could help they would. Linda "adopted" all of us that called her bar our second home, and gave us advice and support and lots of love

Anonymous Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

I miss you Linda.. You were a good friend to me. I will see you again one of these days in heaven. Until then I know you will be watching over me.

Mary Saville Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Bob and I were part of the original "Benton school kids", attending in Benton K-6, riding the bus to Maloy for 7th and to Delphos for 8th during reorganization, before finally ending up in Mt. Ayr for high school.

Sharon Lesan Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

Becky - I have very fond memories of your parents from their visits to Philadelphia. They were so warm, welcoming and fun. My heart breaks for you and your family. You will all be in my thoughts.

Kelly Kleinfelder Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

Growing up I had the most wonderful neighbors, Bob and Linda. They were more than just neighbors, they were friends, and they were family. So many memories I have of them, and so much laughter we shared. Did you know that there was a beauty shop on Oak Street (Linda and Bob's house)? That is where I got my ears pierced for the first time and my hair frosted (that is what we called highlights back then), the first time. Bob would come home from ISU and look at us like what in the world are you guys doing and would say nothing and just shake his head. Also on Oak Street there was a photography studio. Linda took pictures of me before I left for prom and other photo's she thought was noteworthy. There was also an automotive diagnosis center on Oak Street - that would be Bob helping a teenager figure out what was wrong with her car. There was also Bob's Bait and Tackle. As soon as the weather was warm enough the boat would come out, packed with all of the needed fishing gear and it would be hooked up and when he got off work he would take off fishing until dark. Those kind of memories that I will cherish always. To their children, Syndi, Becky and Bobby Joe - and to their grandchildren - Don't ever think for one second that you were not loved - They loved each of you in their own way and I guarantee you are blessed beyond comprehension. Linda and Bob watched over me growing up like an older brother and sister would a younger one. Continue to watch over all of us and like Bobby said - it was meant for them to go together because neither one could do without the other. Love to all.

Paula Rychnovsky Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. Have wonderful memories of both Bob and Linda. My thoughts and prayers to the family

Patty newby Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

To all of Bob and Linda's family: I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Here are a few of my personal snapshots' of Bob and Linda: I remember being at Mary Jane's house and Bob and Linda drove up. Mary Jane was so happy to see them! Bob was dressed in his Navy blues and looked so handsome. Linda was in a fancy dress and absolutely radiant. I remember her Southern accent! They were so happy together and were all smiles. I remember being back to Benton for a visit and saw Bob at the post office on a 4-wheeler and he had a little dog with him. He introduced me to Bell! I remember Bob bringing his tractor/tiller up to till my Dad's garden. Dad's tiller was out of commission at the time. I remember Bob bringing vegetables up to Dad and Mom and then Dad and Tony. Of course, all veggies except tomatoes! I remember Bob stopping by our last Butler reunion here at Dad's. I remember Linda motoring around Benton with a bunch of little girls in the 4-wheeler. I remember Bob coming to see Tony before this past Thanksgiving, right when Tony got out of the hospital. I remember Linda telling me every time I saw her at the post office these past few months to please call if I needed anything for Tony. Like so many, I loved Bob and Linda. Benton is not the same without them. They remain Benton icons.

Vickie Butler Pierce Feb 12 2017 12:00 AM

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