Robert “Bob” E. Traxler, age 103, of Exline, Iowa passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.
Bob was born on March 6, 1917 in Exline, Iowa, the son of William and Cora (Richardson) Traxler. He received his education in Exline, graduating from Exline High School in 1936. He was united in marriage to Eleanor Lyons on June 8, 1943, and to this union of marriage, a daughter was born, Connie. Eleanor preceded Bob in death on November 13, 1980.
He entered the United States Army on February 3, 1942. Bob served his country faithfully during World War II, receiving the rank of Sergeant with the 41st Bombardment Group. He was honorably discharged on November 16, 1945.
In his early adult years, Bob owned and operated a garage in both Moulton and Exline. He subsequently accepted a job with Iowa Southern Utilities. Bob worked as a lineman with ISU for thirty years. In the early 1960s Bob started Traxler Hardware. The business eventually transitioned into True Value and was sold to the Stephens family in the late 1970s.
Never a man to sit around, Bob often completed side jobs throughout his lifetime, including many electrical and carpenter projects.
Bob lived his life for helping others. He donated many hours of free time throughout his life for the betterment of the community in which he lived. For example, Bob helped build the grandstands and ballfields at Indian Hills Community College. He was recognized for his charitable efforts with IHCC when he received the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Outstanding Service Award in 1992. Furthermore, as a past member of the Chamber of Commerce, Bob volunteered countless hours with numerous projects throughout Appanoose County. For his lifetime of service to his community, Bob was recognized as the Iowegian Citizen of the Year in 1992. Moreover, Bob was named Exline Citizen of the Year in 2011 for the many contributions he made to the community, which included his assistance in building the Exline Community Center. He was also named Grand Marshall of the Pancake Day Parade.
Bob was a past member of numerous fraternal organizations, such as the Centerville Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club. As a devout Christian, Bob was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Most recently, he was an active member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville.
Left to honor his memory include his daughter, Connie (Jim) Casteel of Exline, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Terry) Hand, Robert (April) Casteel, Michael (Jocelyn) Casteel, and Matthew Casteel; ten great grandchildren, Lucas and Connor Hand, Allison and Dylan Casteel, Quinton, Keaton, and Kaelyn Casteel, Makaila, Maddison, and Maverick Casteel; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor Traxler; as well as eight siblings.
Celebration of Life service for Mr. Traxler will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville with Pastor Christy Ehrle and Pastor Jim Schweizer officiating. Military rites will be held at the church immediately following the service. A visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Burial of the cremains will take place at a later date in the Exline Cemetery. Memorials have been established to either the Faith United Methodist Church or to the Exline Community Center and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
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