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Robert Figgins

August 28, 1947 — February 6, 2023

Robert Figgins

Robert “Bob” Burdette Figgins was born the fourth of nine children to Woodrow Harry and Beatrice Evelyn (Pieken) Figgins, on August 28, 1947, in Atlantic, Iowa and died February 6, 2023, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 9 days.

Bob grew up in Atlantic and attended the Atlantic Community Schools.  Following graduation, Bob joined the US Army and was deployed with the 4th Armored Division in Bamberg, Germany, as a driver of armored personnel carriers.  Upon returning from the service, he resumed working for the Atlantic Locker and then worked at Walnut Grove Products for over 30 years until it closed.  At this point Bob went into business for himself as a carpenter until failing health forced his retirement.

Bob was married to Barbara Kay Keller on August 11, 1969.  To this union, two children were born: Rebecca Kay and Brett Robert.  If you couldn’t find Bob, he was likely out hunting, fishing, trapping or doing just about anything related to woodworking.  Among Bob’s favorite memories were the many trips made to Germany, Austria and other European countries.  He was a member of Exira Lutheran Church and served as usher and on various church boards over the years.  Bob especially cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren and instilled in them his love of listening to 50s & 60s rock-and-roll music.

Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Rebecca (John) Crawley; son, Brett (Jennifer) Figgins; grandchildren, Colin Crawley (fiancé, Randi Hayden), Evan (Brooke) Crawley, Kaylyn Crawley, Ella Figgins, Henry Figgins, Kate Figgins; brothers, Ed (Lois) Figgins, James (Marge) Figgins, Jack Figgins; sisters, Betty Pope, Arlene (Dale) Roush, Eileen Toland and Elaine (Leo) Garside; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Juanita (Ken) Kise, Patricia (Larry) Follmann, Linda Schade, Ed (Sue) Keller, and Connie Scott; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Woodrow and Beatrice Figgins; mother and father-in-law, Arlie and Dorthea Keller; brothers-in-law, Thomas Pope, John Schade, and John Scott; nephews, David Figgins and Craig Figgins; and great-nephew, Oscar Burns.

Open visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 10th, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, followed by visitation with family present from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 11th at the Exira Lutheran Church with Pastor Kelly Pedersen officiating.  The service will be recorded and available on the Roland Funeral Service website by Monday.  Burial will be held at a later date in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Exira Lutheran Church.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Bob’s family and arrangements.  Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

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Past Services

Open Visitation

Friday, February 10, 2023

9:00am - 5:00 pm

Roland Funeral Service

204 E 5th St, Atlantic, IA 50022

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Visitation with family present

Friday, February 10, 2023

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Roland Funeral Service

204 E 5th St, Atlantic, IA 50022

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Celebration of Life Memorial Service

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am

Exira Lutheran Church ELCA

106 E Harrison St, Exira, IA 50076

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