Robert “Bob” Russell Oetken, 99, of Danville, died Sunday, August 21, 2022 in Savannah Heights, Mt. Pleasant.

He was born March 1, 1923 in Burlington on the Irish Ridge Road family farm, the son of August H. and Dora Bartusch Oetken. He attended Hunter Country School. On September 23, 1952, he married Evelyn Maxine Stodgell in Burlington. She died on September 5, 2014.

Bob worked at JI Case in Burlington during WWII and retired from Heatilator in Mt. Pleasant after 24 years. He was also a lifelong farmer who enjoyed being with his family, gardening and “growing things”. He was a member of the Danville First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Gary (Pam) Oetken of Danville and Chuck (Sandee) Oetken of New London; his daughters, Mary (Scott) Sylvester of Ankeny and Sharon (Randy) Schinstock of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren Riley Smith, Sarha (Dave) Smith, Julie Warner, Adam (Cheryl) Pulse, Samantha (Jeremy) Carter, Colton Schinstock, Grant Sylvester, Ashley Schinstock; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Joanne Oetken of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews. His parents predeceased him; his wife Maxine; brothers Herbert, Raymond and Alfred; and sisters Frances and Helen.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday August 24 at Elliott Chapel, New London, with family receiving friends an hour before a private family service at 11 a.m. Reverend Jack Edmission will officiate. Interment will be in Jaggar Cemetery, rural Danville. Memorials have been established for the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice and the tunnels to the towers. Online condolences can be posted at

Posted on August 21, 2022

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Elliott Chapel, New London

August 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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