Robert “Rob” Syndergaard
Date posted - July 22, 2012
Services will be held Thursday July 26, 2012 at 10:30am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland Iowa with Father Tim Hogan officiating.
Visitation will begin at 2:30pm Wednesday July 25th with the family present from 5-7pm Wednesday evening at Warner Funeral Home in Sutherland. There will be no Vigil service.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sutherland Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Abben Cancer Center of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Warner Funeral Home of Sutherland is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent at http://www.warnerfuneralhome.com/.
Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Syndergaard, the son of Peter H. and Beatrice Rose (Brees) Syndergaard, was born July 2, 1927 in Royal, Iowa. His childhood years were spent on the farm near Peterson, where he received his early education at a country school north of Peterson. He later attended and graduated from Peterson High School in 1944. After his schooling, he farmed with his father for one year before being drafted into the service and serving with the U.S. Army in Japan from 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1948.
Bob returned to Sutherland following his discharge and married Bernie Lorene Streufert on September 30, 1948 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland. They farmed for many years on a farm north of Sutherland. Bob worked as an auctioneer since 1966. He started at Spencer North Y Auction with the help of Leonard Eischeid and ended with being a representative for Sheldon Livestock Sales. He retired from farming in 1978, but continued his auctioneer business. His last sale would have been as honorary auctioneer for his cousin Rich Bailey’s upcoming farm sale. He was especially proud of the business, athletic and military accomplishments of his grandkids. Bob was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland. He was also a member of the Sutherland Recreation Corporation, Ruritan and most recently had been appointed as a board member of the Cornerstone Senior Community. He enjoyed spending time with his family. In his spare time he enjoyed his lake home and fishing in Miller’s Bay. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing semi-pro football for the Sutherland Bulldogs.
Bob passed away at his home in Sutherland on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael; an infant daughter, Dianne; his brother and sister-in-law, Ken & Evelyn Syndergaard & two brothers-in-law: Dave Herwynen and Vernon Whittenburg.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Bernie of Sutherland; one son, Phil Syndergaard of Sutherland; a daughter-in-law, Jody Syndergaard of Sutherland; four grandchildren: Shawn, Alison, Kaleb and Jarod; three sisters: Kathleen Whittenburg and her friend, Max Wetherell of Peterson, IA, Rosemary Hansen and her husband, Ken of Storm Lake, IA and Sarah Herwynen of Sioux City, IA; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
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