Robert "Bob" Rosencrants

  • Born: September 25, 1927
  • Died: March 25, 2016
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

langefh@iowatelecom.net
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family


Robert "Bob" Rosencrants, age 88 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at Centerville Care Center.

Bob was born on September 25, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Henry and Blanche (Luckett) Rosencrants.

After graduating from Moravia High School, Bob joined the United States Navy on May 7, 1946. From Pearl Harbor to China, Bob enjoyed the opportunity to see the world while serving his country faithfully.

Following his discharge from the Navy in 1948, Bob found work on the railroad as a fireman. A hot and tedious job that led to a life-long appreciation for steam engines and rail roads.

Bob's first business was a radiator repair shop on 7th Street in Centerville in the early 1950s. In the mid 1950s Bob created a scrap metal business on Elm Street which he sold in the early 1970s. Self financed and built from the bottom up, Bob created a thriving scrap business, working seven days a week, 16 hours a day.

An entrepreneur at heart, Bob spent much of his adult life putting deals together. In the late 1960's Bob went into the used automobile business, eventually adding mobile homes and recreational vehicles.

In the early 1980s, Bob made a successful leap into the real estate business starting Action Realty, Rosie's Mini Storage, Rosie's Rentals, and Rosencrants Farms.

Work was Bob's life. He had a passion for making deals. He believed in overcoming adversity through perseverance. He never wanted to retire.

Bob was active in many groups throughout his lifetime, including the American Legion, the VFW-Post # 526, the Masons, and the Centerville Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his son, Robert Rosencrants of Carlisle, Iowa; three grandchildren, Benjamin (Kristin) Rosencrants of Atlanta, Georgia, Aaron Rosencrants of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rachel Rosencrants of Port Townsend, Washington; two great grandchildren, Brynn and Kendall Rosencrants; a brother, Ben (Mary) Rosencrants of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Rebecca (Dwight) Robb of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Rose Stayton.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa, with the funeral eulogy provided by Bob's son, Robert Rosencrants. A Masonic Service will be conducted during the funeral. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa, with military rites. A visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to Care Initiatives Hospice or to the Centerville VFW, Post # 526 and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I was Bobs friend and caregiver. I took care of him a couple times after he came out of the hospital. He always made me laugh...God Bless you Bob...

Posted by Sally Houser - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 01, 2016

It was so unusual to go home to Centerville and talk to someone that new my dad. My dad Doyle Curtis died 55 years ago, but Bob remembered him and would talk to me about him. He made my day.

We are sorry for your loss. He was a hard worker and Centerville should be proud to have had him there for all of those years.

Posted by Gary and Cheryl (Curtis) Burrows - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   March 31, 2016

My thoughts and Prayers are with all of Bobs family. Paul and I knew Bob through the Scrap buisness. He was a joy to be around. Remembering the way he would always put the steering wheel up to the top before he got out of the vehicle. God Bless.

Posted by Peggy Jackson - Des Moines, IA - Friend   March 28, 2016

I have only known Bob for the last 14 month, since we have put together a Regional Board of REALTORS together. But Bob has shown us his great work ethic, His understanding for change within our industry.

A few things I will remember about Bob - A man of great integrity - A soft spoken gentleman with a quick smile.

A man who will truly be missed by many.

We have sent a memorial gift to the REALTOR Foundation of IOWA in memory of Bob.

Rest in Peace Friend. .

Posted by Barbara Kerr Executive Office - South East Iowa Board of REALTORS - Burlington, IA - Coworker   March 28, 2016

So long Rozy, May you be singing with Angles and thank you for always be so generous to the Numa kids that came over to shop for bike parts at your salvage yard, I am sure we where a pain in the neck but you never ran us off.

Posted by Brian Harrington - Dallas, TX - Acquaintance   March 28, 2016

I have fond memories of Bob and his friendship. I enjoyed many exclusive meals with Bob at the Brown Basket. Junior Brown (the Chef) always treated Bob SPECIAL which Bob deserved. Although older than me, Bob always treated me with respect as he shared his EXTREME BUSINESS SAVY. I hope that the commuinty of Centerville realizes and acknowledge what Bob has meant to the area.
OH! the memories of the SADDLE ROCK CAFE and the gatering of the REAL BRAINS of Appanoose county. Bob was always the SILENT CHAIRMAN!

Posted by sam sweeden - South Bend, IN - Friend   March 28, 2016

Candle

You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man who will be greatly missed.

Posted by The Ewings- Margery, Marilyn, Matthew, Becky and Sarah, Tony and Kelly - Centerville, IA - Friend   March 27, 2016

Only knew Bob in passing but always enjoyed talking to him. May he rest in peace.

David Oden

Posted by David Oden - Keosauqua, IA - Friend   March 27, 2016

Saddened by this news. Having only met Bob a few years ago, he was welcoming to a stranger. Always had a smile and asked how you are doing. You will be missed friend. RIP

Posted by Bob & Jackie Crouse - Arcadia, OK - Friend   March 27, 2016

Bob was one of my first employers setting mobile homes and helping taking care of his car wash. Great person to work for. He always remembered me and greeted me with a smile and Hello. Will be missed in the community. Rest in peace Bob.

Posted by Norm Houser - Centerville, IA - Friend   March 27, 2016

Bob Rosencrants is a name that I have never forgotten in my 57 years, nor ever will. I hadn't seen Bob for a very long time, probably since the mid-70's, but I did have the blessing of talking to him on the phone just a couple years ago or so. He remembered me too. It sure was wonderful to hear his voice again. My first memory of Bob is when he had the used car dealership & small salvage yard out on Hwy 5 South back in the mid-1960's. I think Dad was farming some land behind Bob's dealership then. I was just a small boy then, and I always tagged along with Dad everywhere he went in those days. While Dad was busy with the farming there I would go to Bob's place and hang out, and what an adventure it was. I can still perfectly picture Bob from those days in my mind, with his dark wavy hair, his dark complexion, and his gravelly voice. But most of all I remember how friendly he was, how he was quick with a smile and laugh, and how kind he was to me. A good way to summarize Bob is that he loved people and that he never knew a stranger. I extend my deepest sympathies to Robert and all of Bob's Family, and I pray that God comforts them and that they are also comforted by their memories and by knowing how much Bob meant to so many people. Amen.

Posted by Mark Cochran    March 26, 2016

Bob was a humble man who always had a smile and "hello" for you. We have so enjoyed getting to know him these last few years. He was an awesome businessman who always had time for others. Prayers to Robert and the family and Bob's close friends and colleagues. May God comfort you all!

Vaness Oden and Steve Widmar

Posted by Vaness Oden - Cincinnati, IA - Friend   March 26, 2016

Hauled a lot cattle for Bob. Moved he and his Dad from the Lake front into town. Had a lot of good conversations over the years. He was a good friend. He will be missed. Kendell Oden

Posted by Kendell Oden - Cincinnati, IA - Friend   March 26, 2016

So sorry to hear about Bob,he will be greatly missed by the community

Posted by Treasa Gage - Centerville, IA - Acquaintance   March 26, 2016

Bob was a one of a kind guy, always smiling and joking. Will miss this friend.
Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson    March 26, 2016

Candle

What a great friend Bob was, having worked with him for many many years. He always had a friendly HI for you. Will be missed.

Posted by Janet Demry - Centerville, IA - Friend   March 25, 2016

sorry for the lost of Bob I send prayers to the family

Posted by autumn hall - Cincinnati, IA - Friend   March 25, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear this. My prayers being sent to you all today.

Posted by janice wright - moravia, IA - Friend   March 25, 2016

Sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and long time friend. We will miss him!

Posted by Tom and Colene Chebuhar - Centerville, IA - Friend   March 25, 2016

R.I.P. Dear friend, I can't think of life without you here. You have taught me allot. God Bless you on your new adventure.

Posted by Barbara Melvin - Centerville, IA - Coworker   March 25, 2016

Candle

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Posted by nellie thomas - Centerville, IA   March 25, 2016

Very nice gentleman will be missed

Posted by Joe Wymer    March 25, 2016