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-Robert James Stirling-

Robert James Stirling, 92, of Washington, formerly of Columbus Junction, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Washington County Hospital.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus Junction.  Pastor Colton Clay of First Christian Church, Washington, officiated. Burial was in the Columbus City Cemetery with military honors.  Casket Bearers were Dave Stirling, Doug Stirling, Tom Mellinger, Ray Boulton, Dirck Boulton, Gary Gerst, Mike Koehler, Don Embree, Keith Murphy and Walt Horning, Jr.  Honorary Casket Bearers were Bill Boulton, Paul Leinbach, Fred Carlson, Marvin Kistler, Alton Griffin, Doyle Brown, Gordon Watson and Wendel Guy.  Following the committal services at the cemetery, a time of food and fellowship was held at the Columbus Junction American Legion.  Visitation was held on Friday, February 25, at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Columbus Junction American Legion or the First Christian Church of Washington in memory of Bob.  Online condolences may be left to the Stirling family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com

Robert James Stirling was born November 21, 1918 in Washington, Iowa, the son of Thomas J. and Georgina (McCartney) Stirling. In 1940 Bob joined the US Army, and on February 8, 1943 he was united in marriage to Wanda M. Willey in Texas.   While serving in Troop D, 113th Cavalry (Mechanized) he participated in the landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.  It was there during the Battle of the Bulge that Bob was injured and sent to a hospital in Wales before getting back to New York City and finally to rehabilitation at Camp Carson, Colorado. He was there for 11 months and 21 days before his honorable discharge in July 1946.  He was a farmer for 40 years in the Columbus Junction area and worked at Rath Packing Company.  After Wanda’s death he married Dorothy J. Hendrickson on July 3, 1986 in Columbus, Ohio.  Then he lived in Muscatine for 10 years before moving in 1998 to Washington, Iowa, following Dorothy’s death.  Bob was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.  He enjoyed making stained glass windows, shooting pool, playing cards and being with family, friends and neighbors.

Bob will be dearly missed by his son, Robert “Tom” Stirling and wife, Judy of Columbus Junction; his grandsons, David J. Stirling of Roff, Oklahoma and Douglas R. Stirling of New York City; sisters, Jean Pearson and Georgina White, both of Washington and special friend, Marian Humston of Washington.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, 2 wives, 1 sister and 1 brother.


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