ROCK FALLS—Robert E. Meinsma, 83, of Rock Falls, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Robert was born on May 22, 1938 in Morrison, the son of John R. and Alta (Bielema) Meinsma. He was a United States Army veteran.

He married Gladys Sathoff on Feb. 10, 1968, in Sterling and she preceded him in death on May 9, 1998. He then married Judy Cyphers on June 5, 1999, in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on July 25, 2011.

Robert worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire until retirement. He then drove a semi-truck. Robert was a member and past commander of the Sterling VFW and a member of the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902.

Survivors include his daughter, Denise Sigwalt of Dennison, Iowa; his sons, Darron Meinsma of Albia, Iowa, and James (Deb) Barnes Jr. of Stillwater, Okla.; one sister, Darlene (Henry) Koser of Lanark; two brothers, Ronald Meinsma of Savanna and Harlan Meinsma of Edgeley, N.D.; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; one daughter, Kathy Waller; one brother, Duane Meinsma; and one sister, Lois Meinsma.

Visitation will be Friday, November 5, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.

A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 5, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Burial with military honors was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

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