Cover photo for Robert "Bob" Richard Brobston's Obituary
Robert "Bob" Richard Brobston Profile Photo
1948 Robert 2021

Robert "Bob" Richard Brobston

October 25, 1948 — August 8, 2021

Robert Richard Brobston (Bob), 72, returned to his heavenly home on August 08, 2021 in Franklin TN.

Grave side service will be 10:30 a.m. on August 21, 2021 , at Maple Hill Cemetery, Birmingham IA with Reverend John D. Boatman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would hope that you would do unexpected and unsolicited acts of kindness for some person in need. Donations can be made to: American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. Cards may be mailed to Brobston, 2020 Fieldstone Parkway, Suite 900-538, Franklin TN 37069 and online condolences can be left online at

Bob was born October 25, 1948 in Fairfield IA to Richard Merle and Evelyn (Overholser) Brobston. He married Shirley Anne Fleming nearly 56 years ago in Fairfield on November 7, 1965 who he continued to be surrounded by.

Bob began his career at Life investors in Cedar Rapids. In 1976 he moved his family to Clinton, IA where he furthered his career at Nielsen Clearing House. In 1980, he, Shirley and their two children moved to Hamilton IL where Bob continued his career with Hubinger Co / HJ Heinz / Roquette America in the Information Technology department where he traveled extensively to Europe. He retired from Roquette America in 2010.

During his career Bob received many awards including being recognized by the Association for Systems Management (ASM) at their international conference, where he received their highest distinguishing award, the “Excellence in Systems Management” award, for his many contributions to the systems profession. Bob had an unquestionable love for God and his family. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Keokuk IA, serving on the Trustee Board and he and Shirley hosted a weekly bible study in their home for 10 years. He accepted everyone and refused to dismiss anyone. He enjoyed being with people, making conversation with everyone (even strangers), and was a genuine family man. Bob loved to help family, friends, and neighbors throughout the community, and enjoyed working outside, in his garden, playing golf, or using his gift of woodworking to make friends and family smile.

He will be missed by his wife, Shirley of Franklin TN; his children Kimberly Newlon of Hamilton, IL and Sean Brobston of Franklin TN; son-in-law Neil Newlon; daughter-in-law Danielle Brobston; 6 grandchildren, Brianna Newlon, Megan (Brandon) Nott, Jonathan Newlon, Zachary Brobston, Grace Newlon, Ethan Brobston; one brother Tom (Karen) Brobston of Gerlaw, IL; sister-in-law Judy Brobston of Libertyville IA; nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Evelyn; three brothers, Dickie Lee, Jim (Marie), and Don.

Dad you embodied values which today appear out of fashion - your faith in God, your decency, your honesty, your absolute selflessness, your complete disinterest in ego and materialism, your stoic resolve in the face of relentless adversity to fulfill your duty to your family, without praise or gratitude. You have earned your eternal rest. Now we will continue your resolve and try to follow your example. To be decent people, to care for family and to always think of others.

We love you and we will miss you terribly until we meet again.
In loving memory,
Your family

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert "Bob" Richard Brobston, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 37

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree