Robert D. “Bob” Gregory

Robert D. ”Bob” Gregory

February 11, 1931 – June 4, 2020

Bob was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on February 11, 1931 to Burg and Verna (Peterson) Gregory who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Theodore (Ted). Bob graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs in January 1949 and Omaha University in 1953 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Bob and Vivian (Strong) were united in marriage on May 31, 1958 and celebrated their 62nd anniversary this year. They were blessed with a daughter Jane Ramage (Rich) and a son Robert (Kathleen), who all survive him. He is also survived by grandsons: Brandon (Lisa), Zachary (Kelsey) and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Amira and Gideon; numerous nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many special friends.

Bob became a Christian at a young age and loved Jesus all his life. He spent most of his career at Sidles Distributing Company as the advertising manager. He was a great artist but was too humble to consider himself more than ordinary. His uncle took him fishing in Canada at age 14. He enjoyed it so much he made too many trips there to count. He enjoyed planning fun family vacations to different locations every year, and made packing lists so detailed there’s no way he would have forgotten a thing. He started collecting antique fishing lures as a hobby and soon became quite the expert. His favorites were the Gregory and Bad Egg lures. He made many wonderful friends who shared his passion and they enjoyed going to lure shows together. In his 70s Vivian gave him 3 knives and 2 pieces of wood, which turned into over 700 fish carvings. He attended many woodcarving shows throughout the Midwest and more often than not won First Prize in his category and even Best In Show.

Although he loved his hobbies, the thing he loved the most was spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob was loved by many and will be missed by all. We are comforted to know that as Christians we will be reunited in Heaven.

VISITATION (following CDC guidelines): Wednesday, June 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Thursday, June 11th at 10:30am, West Center Chapel.  Interment: Thursday, June 11th at 1:30pm at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Council Bluffs.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Open Door Mission.  To view a live broadcast of the service, please go to and click on the VIEW LIVE-CAST button on the home page.


  • Ivan and Becky Stearns Posted June 7, 2020 11:07 am

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Lisa Moyer Posted June 7, 2020 1:20 pm

    Vivian, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Know that you are in my thoughts and I am praying for comfort and peace for you and your family during this time.

  • Ronda Allen Posted June 8, 2020 6:13 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Vivian. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Deb Sullivan Posted June 8, 2020 6:31 am

    Vivian, words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.

  • Pankaj Nain Posted June 8, 2020 7:12 am

    Vivian, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Barb Tennigkeit Posted June 8, 2020 7:42 am

    Vivian my sincere sympathy goes to you and your family in this time of loss. My you find strength in family and friends…You are in my heart.

  • Amy Horst Posted June 8, 2020 8:14 am

    Vivian, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Bob and Debbi Scheideler Posted June 8, 2020 9:32 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gabriel David Posted June 9, 2020 5:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, he was a lot of fun, he is going to be greatly missed. But remember, there is no pain , he is in the arms of Jesus, asking him if he know how he put the fish in the bottle.

  • Craig & Shelly Wilkins Posted June 9, 2020 8:35 pm

    We loved Bob; love the entire Gregory family, really. He was a rock in all the right ways in life.

  • Jolene Frank Posted June 9, 2020 9:23 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bob. What a wonderful Craftsmen he was. And a great Christian.
    Prayers for the whole family. Jolene

  • Wood Carvers Posted June 10, 2020 8:08 am

    We’re so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and extend our condolences to his family. We pray that the Lord would comfort you in your grief.

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