Robert "Bob" Francis Heim, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Luxemburg and Holy Cross, Iowa, died suddenly, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Sunset Park Place, Dubuque.

Bob was born July 4, 1920, in Bellevue, Iowa, the son of Charles and Mary (Keenan) Heim. He graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic High School with the class of 1937. He enlisted as an aviation cadet on Dec. 11, 1942. He was called to active duty Sept. 29, 1943, and was sent to the Naval Flight Prep School in Northfield, Minn. He was then sent to CAA-WTS at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., for flight school.

He logged enough hours for a private pilot's license but washed out because of poor depth perception and was sent to boot camp at San Diego, Calif.

From there, Robert went to Aviation Mechanic Mate School NATTC in Norman, Okla., and then to N.A.G.S. in Jacksonville, Fla. He then was sent to the Naval Air Station in Sanford, Fla., and finally to the USNAS in Hutchinson, Kan.

He received an honorable discharge on May 7, 1946. He married Bernice Catherine Roling Oct. 8, 1947, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Together they raised 13 children and farmed near Luxemburg for 34 years.

He was one of the first to adopt early conservation farming practices. Robert was a Farm Bureau member for over 50 years and also served as Dubuque County president in 1975 - 1976. He was a member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association for many years.

Bernice preceded him in death Oct. 7, 1985. He later married Shirley Mae Meyer Hyde on March 21, 1987, in Dubuque. They resided in Holy Cross. She also preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2011.

Survivors include his children: Ruth Heim of Roselle, Ill., Thomas (Bev) Heim of New Albin, Iowa, Patricia (George) Penokie of Rochester, Harold (Sherri) Heim of Manchester, Iowa, Alice (Dale) Roling of Dodgeville, Wis., Rosalie (Russ) Sudmeier of New Vienna, Iowa, Brenda (Pat) Wessels of Dyersville, Iowa, Marvin (Laurie) Heim of Decorah, Iowa, George Heim of Dubuque, Kenneth (Bonnie) Heim of Caledonia, Frank (Michelle) Heim of Platteville, Wis., Karen (Greg) Amadon of Seattle, Wash., and David (Laurie) Heim of New Vienna; 33 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; step-children: Shirley (Glen) Loper of Viroqua, Wis., Debra (William) Dotolo, of Harrison, Ariz., Georgia Lindemann of Montgomery, Jeanna Meyer of Lakeville; daughter-in-law, Nancy Hyde of Dubuque; 32 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Marcie Roling, Rosemary Roling, Izzy Stillmunkes, Lou (John) Merkes, Leona Roling, Helen Daugherty; and a brother-in-law, Alvin Kilburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 26 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jose Comparan officiated. The Scherrmann-Peterson American Legion Post 656 accorded military honors.

The Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at