Robert House of Minburn


Robert House, 86, of Minburn passed away Monday, May 18, 2020, at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa.

Close family and friends are welcome to attend his graveside service at the Elmwood Cemetery at Minburn Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. We ask that everyone be mindful of social distancing at the service.

Memorials will be given to Minburn Public Library and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at

Robert Dean House was born May 8, 1934, in Dallas County, Iowa, to Leland A. and Velma Mae (Nance) House.

Robert’s family moved to different farms while he was growing up, and he attended many country schools in Dallas County.

He was united in marriage to Merna Leigh Hanselman at the United Methodist Church in Minburn on June 7, 1959.

Robert worked at Hy-Line International for 39 years. He also mowed numerous cemeteries in Dallas County and served on the board of the Panther Creek Cemetery.

He loved garden tractors, gardening and watching birds.

In death he rejoins his parents, Leland and Velma; a brother, Johnnie; and a sister-in-law, Lucena Hanselman.

Left to cherish Robert’s memory are his wife, Merna; daughter, Ginny Spracher, and her family; godchildren, Travis and Drew Love; brothers-in-law, Jerrold and Everett Hanselman, and their families; sisters-in-law, Fae Miles and Carol Rickels, and their families; and several nieces and nephews.


  1. I always loved talking to Bob when I worked at Rowley. Never heard an unkind word from him. He was a great man with a kind heart. Always told me about his mowing jobs.


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