Robert “Bob” George Lary, 80, of Muscatine, died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Lutheran Homes. Celebration of Life Service was held May 17 at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Graveside Services were held on May 19 at the Oakhill Cemetery in Central City. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Bob’s favorite charities were the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Disabled American Veterans.
Bob was born on April 20, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Monroe Hosea and Aletha (Sawyer) Lary. He was raised in Central City and was a graduate of Central City High School, class of 1952. He attended college at Upper Iowa. He was a three year U.S. Army veteran having served two years in France. Bob married Irene Waterhouse on Sept. 30, 1962, in Central City.
He was a professional drummer for several years. He had worked as a salesman and he retired after 25 years from Monsanto, where he was known to many as Uncle Bob. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Irene Lary of Muscatine; three sons, Timothy and wife, Gina, of Dubuque, Christopher and wife, Joy, of Muscatine, and Andrew and wife, Makenna, of North Liberty; seven grandchildren, Adam, Abby, Joshua, Carson, Jayden, Beck and Eli; four great-grandsons; one niece, Lea Ann Binder and her family of Fort Madison; and special family friends, Jerry and Kim Smith of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Charmaine Toom.