In Memory of

Robert Francis Draper

January 28, 1946 - August 26, 2021
From: Sutherland, IA
Robert  Francis Draper

Robert Francis Draper

Born: January 28, 1946
Died: August 26, 2021
Age: 75

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Robert "Bob" Francis Draper, the son of Robert H. and Frances (Heick) Draper was born on January 28, 1946 at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Great Lakes, IL. He lived in Cherokee, IA, until 1951, when the family moved to a farm east of Sutherland, IA. He attended Peterson School until 1959, when they united with Brooke and Linn Grove. He graduated in 1963, from Sioux Valley High School at Linn Grove. He entered into the military in October of 1963, serving in the U.S. Navy. He attended bootcamp at Great Lakes, IL. On his 18th birthday, January 28, 1964, he received orders to Naval Weapons Evalution Facility at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. In March 1965, he got orders to the U.S.S. Hornet CVS-12 at Long Beach, CA. He made his first West PAC Cruise to Vietnam in May 1965. He was discharged on January 27, 1967. He went back into the Navy in February 1969. He  received orders to U.S.S. New Orleans LPH-11. He made his 2nd tour of Vietnam on this ship. He was also a crewmember when the New Orleans LPH-11 picked up Apollo 14. From the New Orleans, he went to HT-8, a Helicopter Training Squadron in Pensacola, FL. He was discharged in 1972.

     On March 6, 1973, Bob married Mary Lange in Lennox, SD. To this union one son was born, Devin in 1979, and they adopted a daughter Destiny in 1983.

     After moving to Sutherland, Bob held several jobs over the years. He worked at the elevator, as a police officer,  at Taylor Refrigeration in Cherokee,  at Morton Buildings in Spencer,  and Diamond Vogel in Orange City from where he eventually retired. He enjoyed bowling in his younger years and playing drums and guitar in a dance band with his father and their friends.  Later in life, he liked to sit on his porch, watch the birds/squirrels, and share stories. Most of all he loved to spend time with his grandkids.

     Bob passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at his home in Sutherland at the age of 75 following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Mary of Sutherland, IA; his two children: Devin of Omaha, NE and Destiny Jorgensen (Kyle) of Cherokee, IA; 3 grandchildren: Madison, Mariah and Allen; two brothers: Dale Draper (Martha) of Marcus, IA and Donald Draper (Paula) of Columbus, OH; two sisters: Geraldine Bristow (Nic) of Sherrard, IL and Gloria Siverling (Jim) of Prospect, OH; other relatives and friends.

There are no formal services at this time.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 8:51 AM
“I'm so sorry to read of Bob's passing. May your memories be a blessing. ”
- Jane Austin
Friday, September 3, 2021 at 12:07 PM
“Mary and Family, I was sorry to hear of Bob's illness and passing. I have done memories of growing up near his family. Rest in peace.. Lynn McDaniel Petersen”
- Lynn Petersen
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“Thinking of all of Bob's family at this time. ”
- Tammy Zahren Lowery
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“Mary, Devin and Destiny - We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Bob. He brought joy to any room he entered, and his laugh was infectious. We know he's sitting on God's porch now and telling the corny jokes. He was one of a kind and will be truly missed.”
- Karla Stoedter and family
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 4:02 PM
“So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Linda and Bill Eaton
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 12:18 PM
“Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I last saw Bob at the 40 yr. class reunion and recall that he still had that great sense of humor that he had in high school. May he Rest In Peace.”
- Dana Prather
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 9:59 AM
“Mary and family,
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a nice man and I miss delivering meds to you. Rest in peace Bob you will be missed by many.
The Staff of Thrifty White Pharmacy Paullina, IA”
- Michele Gillispie
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 12:43 PM
“Bob had many new in peace”
- David Raveling
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 7:41 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a good person to visit with. Especially in the grocery store. ”
- Diane Thomas
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 7:41 AM
“Prayers and condolences to family and friends, Great memories from Daily bus rides and school. Rest in Peace brave heart.
sincerely a classmate Roxanne Berg Grona”
- Roxanne Grona
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 7:41 AM
“We loved you so much Bob and will miss you greatly. You had such a great sense of humor and I loved laughing with you. You will always be in my heart”
- Gloria Siverling
Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 2:54 PM
“Prayers to Bobs family. Lost another 63 graduate. ”
- Rita Terrell Pate
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