Robert "Bob" L. Whitehill
November 19, 1944 - May 15, 2018


Robert "Bob" L. Whitehill
Nov 19, 1944 - May 15, 2018


Robert "Bob" Lee Whitehill, Jr., son of Robert "Lee" and Opal (Chambers-Dinsmore) Whitehill, Sr., was born November 19, 1944 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah at the age of 73.

Bob grew up on a farm between Blanchard and Coin, before settling in Shenandoah. He attended Pleasant Hill Country School, Coin High School and South Page High School. After graduation he entered the United States Army for two years, he was stationed in Germany. On March 19, 1972, he was united in marriage to Ina Rhea Spencer in Tarkio, Missouri.

Bob had several jobs throughout his life, he was a high liner and construction worker in York, Nebraska during his early adult years, then from the time of his marriage he worked at Eaton Corporation. After his retirement in 2003, he worked at the American Legion Golf Course. He was member of the Coin Methodist Church and the Congregational Church in Shenandoah, member of the Shenandoah Elks Lodge #1122, Shenandoah Eagles Club and Shenandoah American Legion Post #88.

Bob and Ina Rhea loved traveling all over the U.S. on their Gold Wing. They also enjoyed traveling with both mothers. He also enjoyed golf, cards and watching OU and Iowa football and being with his grandkids. He loved watching his nephews, Tim Taylor and Mark Dinsmore race from 1991 until 2004, he never missed a race!

Bob was preceded in death by his son Johnny Whitehill, parents Lee and Opal Whitehill, brothers Kenneth (Fairis) Whitehill, Darrell (Dorothy) Whitehill, Boyd (Gwen) Whitehill and Jim (Nancy) Whitehill, father and mother-in-law Guy and Naomi Spencer.

Survivors include wife Ina Rhea Whitehill of Shenandoah, daughter Karen (Pat) Stanbrough of Shenandoah, grandchildren Spencer of West Des Moines, Iowa, Kylie of Red Oak and Hannah of Shenandoah, brothers Don (Elaine) Whitehill of Elmo, Missouri, Duane (Gwyn) Whitehill of Shenandoah, Harold (Eloise) Dinsmore of Farragut, LeRoy (Lorene) Whitehill of Shenandoah, sisters Barb (Junior) Taylor of Shenandoah and Darlene Harbin of Shenandoah, brother-in-law Charles (Connie) Spencer of Shenandoah, many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Congregational Church in Shenandoah.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites provided by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88 Color Guard.

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah American Legion Golf Course.


lloyd weathermon on May 19, 2018

LeRoy==sorry to read of your brother's passing. I still think of you often of our friendship when you lived in LIncoln Ne and took care of the car washes and then worked for my father in law Oliver Blake. those were good times
Lloyd weathermon
Lincoln ne

Kendell McClarnon on May 18, 2018

I remember Bob at South Page and the many years working together at Eaton. I always enjoyed Bob's humor and his golf stories. You will be missed.

Kendell McClarnon on May 18, 2018

I remember Bob at South Page and working with him at Eaton for so many years.Loved his sense of humor and will miss him very much. RIP Bob until we meet again.

Jim Polsley on May 18, 2018

We are sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He will always be our good friend and neighbor. Heaven needs good neighbors I'm sure. Bless all left to mourn. Love, Jim and Carolyn Polsley

Mick Longstreet on May 17, 2018

Ina Rae,

I am so sorry to learn of your husband's sudden death. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mick Longstreet

John and Kathy Whitehill on May 17, 2018

We shared many wonderful memories with Bob. We were young and newly married when we were sent thousands of miles to be stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in the late 1960s. During this time Bob too was sent by the U.S. Army to be stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, a distance of 107 Kilometers between us. We would travel in our little 1961 Volkswagen and pick Bob up and bring him to our apartment for the holidays. When you are so far from home and apart from families, it was special for us to be together with Bob and celebrate as a family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Back then there were no computers, no cell phones, no Facebook, no email, and no abbreviated nonsensical 160 character texts to send – and in fact we did not even have a phone! Instead communication was by heart-felt, handwritten letters and a “Kodak Moment”. Life was simple then. We were young and did not have much, but these were the best times – these were the cherished times – times with Bob that will be in our memories always.
We will miss Robert Lee (Bob) Whitehill – we will miss him greatly. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Bob.
John and Kathy Whitehill

Coleen Norton on May 17, 2018

Ina Rhea, Kay and I are so sorry for your loss. Kay enjoyed working with Bob for many years, and I loved having you do my haircuts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Manny on May 17, 2018

R I P my good friend sure going to miss you

Sandi Sloan on May 16, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Treasure the wonderful memories. Sandi Piester Sloan

Jeff Hiser on May 16, 2018

My thought and prayers are with all of the family. Uncle Bob, we had lots of laughs at the golf course and fun times playing golf. I learned to play with you and dad. You have left me with so many great memories but I will miss you very much. Until we meet again, I love you.

Sherri Hiser on May 16, 2018

Our prayers go out to all of you. Hold onto the great memories you had with Bob.

John Travis on May 16, 2018

Bob was one of the good guys to work with in our years at Eaton. His sense of humor and love of golf was a special thing. RIP Bob

Sharon Roulstone Stevens on May 16, 2018

Ina Rhea, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Sharon Roulstone Stevens

Teresa Jones on May 16, 2018

Thinking of you Ina Rhea. Prayers to you and your family.

Rita Gibson on May 16, 2018

sympathy to InaRhea and the family. He was such a nice guy and will truly be missed.

Connie Patterson on May 16, 2018

Bob, I hadn't seen you for several years but you and Ina Rhea were always good friends, and I will miss you, Bob. Have thought of you often over the years. May God bless the family who are left to grieve. Say hi to Gary for me!!!!

Bill Dickerson on May 15, 2018

Great friend for many years! Bob you will be missed!

Gary and Sue Falk on May 15, 2018

Our family will never forget the 4th of July celebrations at the farm. Our kids still remember the "Bob" chasers. Wonderful memories. We send our prayers to you, Rhea and your family

Jodi Turner on May 15, 2018

CandleUncle Bob you will be missed. Will never forget you riding out to North Carolina to visit us on your bike. Prayers and love to the family. Pete and Jodi Turner



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208 W. Clarinda Ave
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
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Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
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