Rev. Robert W. Shreve

Rev. Robert W. Shreve, 78, of Sumner, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, from injuries received in an auto accident which occurred on February 28.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner with Rev. Merrill Siler officiating.  Committal service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Littleton Cemetery in Littleton with military rites provided by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner. Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made in his name to either the Union or Randalia United Methodist Churches.

Robert William Shreve, son of William Niles and Hermina Henning Shreve, was born May 16, 1934, at Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated from Bristow High School, received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On October 13, 1956, he was united in marriage with Marguerite Roberts at the United Methodist Church in Oran where he had been baptized one week earlier. Rev. Shreve served many United Methodist Churches throughout the state and was currently serving as pastor of the United Methodist Churches of Randalia and Union. In addition to his ministry, he enjoyed his family, playing golf, and visiting with friends.

In addition to his wife, Marguerite of Sumner, he is survived by three daughters, Robin (Gary) Wurster of Fayette, Barbara Shreve of Sumner, and Marilyn O’Brien of Grimes; four grandchildren, Lisa Ritchie of Ames, Robbie Ritchie of Grand Junction, Iowa, Holly Mendralla of Carpentersville, Illinois, and Stefan (Jolene) Wurster of Elgin; four great grandchildren, Emma Cram, Gavin Cram, Sumerlin Cram, all of Elgin, and Allison Mendralla of Carpentersville, Illinois; a brother,  Darwin (JoAnne) Shreve of Marble Rock; three sisters, Vada Shreve and Kathy (Chuck) Smith, both of Allison, and Carol Arjes of Greene; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rodney Shreve; and a brother-in-law, Delvin Arjes.


Kathy Young, Denver, Co on April 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM said:

Marguerite and family - so sorry to hear about Rev. Bob's transition to Heaven. He was a wonderful person and a very compassionate man. Even though we had lost touch since your family lived in Rippey, IA, I still have the Bible that the two of you gave me at that time, and I remember you and your family with fond memories. Sending light, love and prayers to you at this time.

Kathy Young
Marsha and Maurice Jones on March 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM said:

I think we wete the first couple he married, and he shared the expetience with our Padtor Friend. That's the kind of guy he was, very compassionate. He indeed lived his faith.
Judy and Ernie Mercer on March 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM said:

I was saddened to learn of the passing of someone that had such a special place in our hearts. Rev Bob and Marguerite were both so caring and considerate of my mother, Neva Keplinger and our family as she fought her battle with cancer. This would have in 1972 while he served Tingley, Ellston, & Wishard Chapel.

He touched many lives....ours among them. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding.

Love and Prayers.
charline (oliver)newman on March 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM said:

Bob was a blessing to all who knew him. He will be missed by all who loved him. All your family are being lifted up
in prayers by our St Marks UMC family for Gods comfort and
strength. Easter morning is coming. We have hope and assurance that this is not all there is. we have victory over death and will be with our loved ones again someday.
soon we are going to see the King of all kings.
Cheryl and Stephen Roquet (Oliver) on March 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM said:

Dear Marguerite and extended family,

We have many treasured memories of Pastor Bob when I was in the Youth Bible Studies in your home when I was a teenager and when Pastor Bob married us with Pastor Oliver Paul in December 1973. Steve and I enjoyed whenever we would visit at St. Mark's UMC and would see Pastor Bob and Marguerite and Barbie. We love your family and we are lifting you all in prayers for comfort from the Holy Spirt today and in the days ahead. We know that God will give you the peace that passes all human understanding and you know you have many friends that are lifting your family up in prayers too. God Bless You All and keep in touch.


Cheryl and Steve R.
Joylynn Hagen on March 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM said:

I am so so sorry for your loss. Your family was such an important part of childhood memories. I love you guys. One day we will all stand together again as one big family, together at last. I pray for comfort. Love Joylynn
Lorna Kramer Harms on March 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM said:

Wayne and I are so very, very sorry to hear of Bob's death. I have so many happy memories of your family. I send our sympathy and prayers for comfort and healing,
Lori Hagen Warneka on March 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM said:

On behalf of the Hagen family we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Shreve family on the loss of such a loving husband and father. Our prayers are with you and may Jesus keep you all in his loving arms thru this very difficult time :(
Rev Mark Boyd on March 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM said:

We are praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Your husband was most certainly a Godly man with the desire to see people draw closer to the Lord. We will continue to remember you for many days to come. God bless you.
Irvin and Marion Heying on March 25, 2013 at 6:40 PM said:

Bob was such a loving, caring, gentle person with such a wonderful smile. We know he is now with God in heaven and will have no more pain. But we will miss him so much! Our prayers go out to Marguerite and family.
Jake & Myrna Jacoby on March 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM said:

Bob was a very loving caring person he has now entered Eternal Life and will no longer suffer. What a wonderful life awaits him. Our prayers go out to his family may they find peace in remembering all the good times they had together and will meet him again.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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