Robert “Bob” Watson, 86 of Algona, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Algona. He suffered from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Private family funeral services were held on Tuesday. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Algona. Mass was livestreamed on the Five Saints Catholic Community YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/stceceliaalgona. A Public visitation was held on Monday, May 25, from 3 until 5 p.m. at Lentz Funeral Home in Algona. Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing practices were followed.
Bob, the son of Robert T. and Mae Watson, was born on March 23, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa. His father was a Master Certified Chrysler Technician for 44 years. He worked at a local Chrysler Dealership in Fairfield, Iowa. His mother was a homemaker. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1952 and went on to Parson’s College, earning a degree in Interior Design.
While in college, Bob met the forever love of his life, Patricia Hanify. They were united in marriage on Dec. 26, 1953. They recently celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary. They moved to Algona, Iowa, in 1959 where Bob went to work for Read’s Furniture. Bob later formed a partnership creating Read’s Furniture & Watson Interiors. This was North Iowa’s premier provider of high-quality furnishings and interior design services. His passion for color and interior design allowed Bob to showcase his work in hundreds of homes across northwest Iowa.
Bob joined the Catholic Church and was devoted to his faith. He looked forward to seating parishioners while volunteering on Sundays as an usher at St. Celelia Catholic Church.
He loved to watch Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games. He loved to barbeque with family, neighbors and friends. He enjoyed remodeling, golfing and grandkids. After retirement, Bob enjoyed traveling to visit family in southern Iowa and Oregon.
Bob is survived by his wife Patricia Watson of Algona; son Rick Watson of McMinnville, Ore.; daughter Tricia Carlson and her husband Steve of Algona; grandson Brandon Bjustrom and his wife Kelli Jo of Mount Ayr, Iowa; granddaughter Claire Watson of McMinnville, Ore.; great-grandchildren Ambraya and Londyn Bjustrom of Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert T. and Mae Watson of Algona, and his son Robert A. Watson of Ankeny, Iowa.