Services will be livestreamed.
Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
Robert Galen McVey, 7th child of 11 children born to Charlie O. & Cora M. (Kimmel) McVey, was born April 21, 1939 at home in Clark County, Iowa.
Bob always liked the idea that he was “7th of 11” so naturally, 7 & 11 were his lucky numbers!
Bob was united in marriage to LaVonne Groves on November 24, 1956. To this union, 3 children were born: Pamela Gail, Galen Lee, and Georgeanna Marie.
Bob lived for the next several years in Polk & Warren County. He was a skilled carpenter and contractor who took great pride in his work. In addition to the normal carpentry work, he also bought, remodeled, and sold a few homes over the years. Bob built new homes for him & LaVonne and for his parents. Bob was a hard worker and he enjoyed the country life, living on his in-laws farm. He was very family oriented and enjoyed family reunions and get-togethers. LaVonne passed away on November 13, 1988.
On September 2, 1994, Bob married Clara Ayres at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Bob moved to Mount Ayr where he lived the remainder of his life. Bob liked to say that when he married Clara, he got 2 “bonus daughters”: Deb & Pam. They gave Bob the nickname of “Pops” and “Bobert”. Together with bonus daughter Deb, Bob & Clara took small trips and had adventures together. Bob loved westerns and old country music. He was one of the several McVey kids that was a “self-taught” musician and would get together for jam sessions with them. Bob liked to fish and spend time with family.
Bob passed away on August 18, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife LaVonne; son Galen McVey; son-in-law Rick McVey; granddaughter Susan McVey; and siblings Eldon McVey, Chuck (Dorothy) McVey, Norma Jean (Merrill) Burr, Carmen (Dean) Neer, and Gary McVey.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Clara McVey of Mount Ayr; daughters Pam (Jim) Meyer of Burton, MI and Georgeanna (Dennis) Mosor of Indianola, IA; bonus daughters Deb (Bill) Sickels of Mount Ayr and Pam McVey of Grimes, IA; grandchildren Bradley (Jolene) Meyer, Melissa (Paul Armstrong) Meyer, Dwight Mosor, Daniel Mosor, Tom (Miranda) McVey, Becky (Justin Jessen) McVey, Mandi Dunbar; 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; siblings Darlene Harlan, Phyllis (Wayne) Welcher, Darrell (Kathy Mason) McVey, Max (Pamla) McVey, Truman McVey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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