September 27, 1922-
December 7, 2012
Robert Edward Sackett, son of Casper Verle and Lydia Emma (Westerhoff) Sackett, was born September 27, 1922 in LeMars, Iowa. As a small boy, Robert’s family moved to Van Meter, Iowa where he received his education, graduating from Van Meter high school in 1942. Following graduation, Bob attended Drake University before being inducted into the United States Army on March 19, 1943. Bob was a member of the V.F.W. Post #2295, Kiwanis and Masonic Lodge.
During Bob’s time in the service he was involved in several major battles and conflicts. He served with the 1st Infantry Division and was stationed in North Africa and Sicily. He was transferred to England and took part in the Normandy Invasion at Omaha Beach. During his involvement in the Battle of the Bulge he was captured and spent time as a Prisoner of War in Germany before being liberated by the United States Forces. After VE Day, Bob was honorably discharged on October 28, 1945.
On December 2, 1945 Bob was united in marriage to Margaret Louise Jamison at the Methodist Church in Van Meter, Iowa. To this union three children were born. Bob earned his music education degree from Drake University in 1949 and began teaching music in Van Meter until 1953 when he accepted a position at Rodman and Cylinder schools. He was their music instructor until Cylinder joined Emmetsburg School System and Bob began teaching instrumental music in Emmetsburg where he remained until his retirement in 1986.
Bob enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved hunting, fishing and camping. He looked forward to all of the fishing trips he was able to take to Ontario, Canada with his brother and later with his wife, and children. Bob was also very willing to share his great musical talent by entertaining countless groups throughout many years. In fact, he played his harmonica and entertained family and medical staff the very last day of his life.
After his retirement Bob and Louise spent twenty one years going to Weslaco, Texas for the winters. He became very talented at rock cutting and polishing and shared many beautiful pieces with family and friends. Bob’s greatest love was his family and in September he celebrated his 90th birthday with nearly all of his family with him.
Bob passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at Muse Norris Hospice in Mason City, Iowa at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Louise of Emmetsburg, Iowa; his children, Roberta Craven and her husband, Howard of Waterloo, Iowa, Ron Sackett and his wife, Rosie (Kelly) of Bloominton, Minnesota, and Roger Sackett and his wife, Kitty (Needham) of Savage, Minnesota; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; his brother, John W. Sackett and his wife, June of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister, Betty Kluber of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.