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Obituary for Robert G. "Bob" Letterly
Robert G. "Bob" Letterly Mapleton, Iowa - Robert G. "Bob" Letterly, 67, of Mapleton, Iowa died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at his home in Mapleton surrounded by his family. There will be a Bob Letterly Memorial Jam Session on Sunday, July 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Bob's home at 10 Elmwood Drive in Mapleton which family and friends are encouraged to attend. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family is accepting condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Robert Gregg "Bob" Letterly was born June 28, 1947, at Onawa, Iowa, the son of Robert Velmo and June (Rodgers) Letterly. He grew up in the Onawa community and graduated from West Monona High School with the class of 1965. He attended the University of Nebraska in Omaha from 1966 to 1968. In August of 1970, Bob married Pam Chapman. He then joined the United States Navy, serving during the Viet Nam War. He was stationed in Fallon, Nevada with the Pacific Fleet Aviation Electronics Training Unit. Upon his honorable discharge, Bob worked for the State of Nevada, Department of Highways at Carson City. In 1973, he attended the Northrop University at Englewood, California, graduating in 1975 with a Degree in Aerospace Maintenance Engineering. He then began his career in aerospace technology at Seattle, Washington and Canoga Park, California with the Boeing Aerospace Company. Along with many other detailed responsibilities, Bob worked in liaison, configuration control, test support and repair and maintenance of the Roland Missile System. He later retried from his position as an Electronics Engineering Assistant. Bob returned to Iowa 17 years ago and has resided in Mapleton. On May 20, 2013, Bob was united in marriage to Loann Marie Moody at his home. He was a gifted musician and enjoyed time spent with friends and family playing the music he created as well as that of numerous other musical artists. He played the banjo, the mandolin, the fiddle, and the guitar, thus his life is appropriately being celebrated with a jam session. With his knowledge of aerospace, Bob was able to hand build remote control helicopters and airplanes and then share in the fun of flying his creations. Survivors include his wife, Loann Letterly of Mapleton; two step daughters, Heather Adams of Seattle, Washington and Tarra Cunningham of Mapleton; two step sons, James Moody of Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Johnny Moody of Mapleton; one daughter, Francesca Letterly of Seattle, Washington; two sons, Joshua Letterly and Lukas Letterly (Roxanne Purdue), all of Seattle, Washington; five grandchildren, Olivia, Cassius, Ezekiel, Jaxen, and Charley; one sister, Linda Ganion (Gary) of Everetts, Washington; three special friends who were like "BROTHERS" to Bob, Jack Templeton of Whiting, Iowa, Rich Delisie of Roy Washington, and Jim Rock of San Diego, California; and many other good friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert V. Letterly and his mother, June (Rodgers) Letterly Geadelmann.
The Bob Letterly Memorial Jam Session
Sunday, July 13, 2014