Robert Charles “Bob” Scoville, age 75 of Williamsburg, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 17, 2015, Millersburg Methodist Church, Millersburg, with Pastor Michelle Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Millersburg Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 16, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Millersburg Methodist Church.
Robert Charles Scoville was born January 13, 1939, in Kellogg, Iowa, the son of Mark and Zeta Pearce Scoville. He was the last child born on the family farmstead. Robert was raised on a farm in Page County, Iowa and attended school in College Springs. He attended Clarinda Junior College for two years. Following graduation and the death of his mother, he worked for two years to pay off his mother’s doctor and hospital bills. Bob then attended Iowa State and graduated with a BS degree in Animal Science. The next six months were spent on active duty with the National Guard.
For thirty years Bob was employed by FmHA. He started as Assistant County Supervisor in Van Buren County in 1965 and was promoted to Supervisor in 1966. In 1979 he became an Assistant District Director in Williamsburg, and in 1988 he was promoted to District Director at Tipton. When reorganization came along in 1995, he had the opportunity to join FSA as a District Director. In December 1997, he retired from FSA and worked at Keystone Bank in Marengo from 1997 to 2011.
Bob and Joann Frey were married on July 15, 1972 in Warsaw, Illinois, and lived on a farm in Birmingham, Iowa, before moving to Williamsburg in 1979. They lived on a farm in Iowa County where over the years, Bob raised crops, hay, cattle and took care of horses for son Ben and wife Joann. Bob was active in Millersburg United Methodist Church, especially as Financial Secretary. He also was involved in community affairs, which included serving on the Williamsburg School Board from 1981 – 1993. He belonged to the Marengo Kiwanis, worked with 4-H serving as a Cattle Superintendent and on the county 4-H Foundation. In 2003 Bob and his wife were awarded Iowa County 4-H Honorary Members and joined the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Bob believed strongly in the importance of education and in 1996, he began presenting a scholarship to a graduating senior at Williamsburg High School in memory of his son Dustin. When Bob retired from Keystone Bank, the bank honored him by setting up the Robert Scoville Scholarship to be given annually to an Iowa Valley student going into Business, Agriculture, or Education.
Conserving land and water was very important to Bob. In 1995, he received the following awards from Soil and Water Conservation: the “Iowa County New Cooperator” Division in 1995, and in 2005 the “Livestock Management” Division. In 2012 Bob was elected to serve on NRCS.
In addition to spending time with his family, Bob enjoyed activities with the neighborhood group, traveling with his wife (he especially enjoyed taking steamboat trips, touring Civil War battle areas and Amtrak trips), going to the Denver Stock Show, and going to bowl games and tournaments of his favorite ISU teams.
Bob is survived by his wife, Joann; his son Robert “Ben”; a daughter-in-law, Heather, two grandsons, Bennett and Bobby, and three sisters, Dorothy Chase, Dixie Allbery and Betty Peterson. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bill, and a son Dustin.