Robert L. “Bob” Locke


Robert L. “Bob” Locke

November 11, 1950 – January 4, 2021


Age 70 of Omaha, NE; raised in Clarion, IA. Preceded in death by parents, Ethel and Robert Locke; father-in-law, Donald Watts; brothers-in-law, Nick Nail and Tom Deimerly. Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Debra; his children, Jessica (Dinand Tinholt) Locke, Jeanette (Robert Schneider) Locke, Abby (Zachary Sherman) Locke; grandchildren: Ava, Olivia, Florence, and Nolan; sisters, Becky Deimerly and Julie Nail; sister-in-law, Vicki (Lynn) Erickson, mother-in-law, Darlene Watts; and nieces and nephew.

VISITATION observing CDC Guidelines: Tuesday, January 12th from 10am to 12noon at the West Center Chapel, with FUNERAL SERVICE at 12noon. Interment: Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Bennington Fire and Rescue. To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


Robert “Bob” Locke, age 70 passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 4th.  Bob was born on November 11, 1950, in Fort Dodge, IA to Robert and Ethel Locke.  Bob was raised in Clarion, IA, and was the brother to Becky and Julie.   Bob obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He then went on to work for Walgreens for more than 40 years. Bob met the love of his life, Debra Watts, in Clarion, IA, whom he married in 1974 and with who he shared 48 years of blessed marriage. In 1981, they moved to Omaha, NE, where they raised three wonderful daughters, Jessica, Jeanette, and Abby.

Bob was a dedicated family man who delighted in spending time with his children, grandchildren, and extended family. He thoroughly enjoyed his annual trip to Lake Okoboji with his family. Always a youthful soul, Bob traded in his motorcycle for a jet ski in later years. He also enjoyed traveling, discovering the beauty and culture of numerous countries in Europe on multiple trips there. Bob also shared his love of sun and water with his family on multiple beach vacations.

Bob can best be described as a dependable foundation for his family. He was generous with his time, hard-working, loyal, and could always be counted on to offer help. He was welcoming and open. He was a true rock to his family. Looking at pictures from Bob’s life, what is striking is the ever-present smile on his face, showing the joy he felt in the multitude of experiences of daily life. He was proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He considered this the true richness of his life, which he treasured every day. Bob will be deeply missed by his family.



  • ted and cyrena lee Posted January 9, 2021 4:11 pm

    my deep and heartfelt condolences go out to bobs family, He was great friend and good neighbo for many many years. God Bless

  • Karen Watts Posted January 9, 2021 4:11 pm

    Such a tragedy. Our hearts go out to you, Deb, and all the girls. He was a good man, friendly to all. He will be missed by all who knew him. Accept our love and sympathy. Karen and Daryl

  • ted and cyrena lee Posted January 9, 2021 4:15 pm

    My deep heartfelt and condolences go out to Bobs family. Bob was a great friend and good neighbor for many years. God Bless

  • Cyrena Lee Posted January 9, 2021 5:10 pm

    Words can’t describe how I feel about your loss. Bob was such a good man , husband, neighbor and father. He will be missed.

  • Marie Kelch Posted January 9, 2021 5:32 pm

    As a Clarion High School Class of 1969 classmate, Bob was one of us! He will be missed and will be remembered when we gather. Prayers and understanding to his family. Peace.

  • Laurie & Tom Bottum Posted January 9, 2021 8:45 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days ahead.

  • Mike Nail Posted January 9, 2021 9:57 pm

    Sorry for your loss,Bob was a good old 69 class mate. Prayers to the family

  • Gary Froyen Posted January 10, 2021 8:32 pm

    The photo of Bob in this obit is just perfect. Smiling, full of joy, and ready for his next “adventure” especially when slot car races were on the agenda. Long time ago but always in my memory. I guess we evolved into more adult-like endeavors. Peace to family. Peace to the Class of 1969 who I know all will remember Bob fondly.

  • Ted Bunn Posted January 11, 2021 4:36 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I remember that smile from back in the 50’s when I grew up across the street from Bobby!! We had some great times that make so many good memories!! My sympathies to the family. I know this hits all of Bob’s high school classmates very hard but we can rest assured we will all be together again one day.

  • THOMAS AND PATRICIA RYAN Posted January 11, 2021 5:03 pm


  • Fred D Musgrove Posted January 11, 2021 6:05 pm

    May God wrap you and your family in His loving arms of compassion.

  • Debby McMullen Winch Posted January 11, 2021 6:32 pm

    I was so sorry to hear this news. I remember having such a good conversation with him at our last reunion and was hoping he would be back for the Birthday Bash this summer so we could catch up again. His sister Becky is a friend and neighbor in Marshalltown and I’m a friend to Amy and Tom her children in Marshalltown! A wonderful family and Bob will be missed. Prayers to all of you.

  • Christy Thomas Galt Posted January 11, 2021 8:37 pm

    My sincere sympathy to you, Deb, and your family. Bob’s smile could light up a room, and one often wondered what mischief was behind it! At our last class reunion he spoke so affectionately about you and his family, I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling.

  • Allison Seger Posted January 12, 2021 12:38 pm

    Such a beautiful service, even streaming, hearing Julie, Jeanette and all the stories and memories of Bob including his funny letter asking Julie to check in on Deb… but to be sneaky about it. My deepest sympathy to the whole Locke family, Deb, Abby, Jeanette, Jessie and the wonderful Iowans I met at Okoboji and family events. Bob will be missed by so many. Sending my love.

  • Marcia (Davis) Briskin Posted January 12, 2021 8:54 pm

    I am one of Bob’s Davis cousins. My father was Bob’s mother’s younger brother. We did have great times at family reunions. I knew that Bob had the determination to succeed in life the year that he ate only celery and drank only water.for Thanksgiving. He was trying to make weight for wrestling. I never understood that, but have always marveled at his dedication. To Bob’s family, know that Bob is lovingly remembered by many you have never met. Hugs to all of you.

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