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OBIT: Robert Keith Willsher

Robert “Bob” Keith Willsher, 87, of Clear Lake, IA, formerly of Nora Springs, passed away August 30, 2023, at the I.O.O.F Home in Mason City, IA. He graduated from Nora Springs High School with the class of 1953.

Robert “Bob” Keith Willsher, 87, of Clear Lake, IA, formerly of Nora Springs, passed away August 30, 2023, at the I.O.O.F Home in Mason City, IA.

A memorial service will be held at 11am September 7, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 202 N Hawkeye Ave, Nora Springs, IA 50458. Visitation will take place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N Hawkeye Ave, Nora Springs, IA 50458, September 6, 2023. There will also be a short visitation one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.

Memorials may be dedicated to the Nora Springs Fire Department in Bob’s honor.

Bob was born October 12, 1935, in Mason City; son of George William and Charlotte Geneva (Hutchinson) Willsher. He graduated from Nora Springs High School with the class of 1953. After high school, he went to work at Deckers in Mason City until the age of 21, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Bob was honorably discharged at the age of 25. In 1967, he was hired by State Farm as an insurance agent. He worked there fervently for many years, earning his place in the “Million Dollar Club” for his success during his tenure. He retired in 2000. When he was not working, he volunteered for the Nora Springs Fire Department. Bob dedicated 35 years to them and served as Fire Chief for 13 of those years. In August of 1961, Bob married his first wife, Jeanine Cornelius. To this union, he was blessed with two children, Teresa and Todd.
He later remarried and was united in marriage to Arlene Ferrier on February 22, 1972, with whom he had two children, Larry and Angela. Bob and Arlene enjoyed 50 years of marriage, filled with love, laughter, and countless treasured moments.

Bob loved to travel. His success with State Farm won him a number of opportunities to do so. He had a passion for his vehicles; especially his red truck. No vehicle of his was ever dirty as he would wash almost daily and he always kept them in immaculate condition. Bob loved his grandkids and great-grandkids. He would brag about them and all their accomplishments, no matter how small. He enjoyed riding around town on his scooter, and mowing the lawns of anyone that would let him. Bob was the man behind the camera; taking countless pictures of any sunset he would catch.

Those left to cherish him include his children, Teresa (Lynn) Thompson, of Eau Claire, WI, Larry (Erica) Willsher, of Clear Lake, and Angela (Mike) Williams of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Christopher (Stacy) Thompson, Michael (Emily) Willsher, Danielle (Kris) Kunz, Savannah, Sydney, and Walker Williams; great grandchildren, Dustin and Austin Thompson, QuinnLeigh, Scottlyn, and, Joie Kunz, and Ellie Willsher; sisters, Janet Wright and Marcia Rowley; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Arlene; son, Todd; parents, George and Charlotte; and siblings, Marge Bordwell and Ron Willsher.

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