In Memory of

Robert 'Bob' Schulenberg

May 21, 1955 - April 3, 2013
Robert "Bob" Schulenberg, the son of Harvey O. and Lois M. (Danielson) Schulenberg, was born May 21, 1955, in Lincoln, NE. His childhood years were spent in Lincoln, NE where he attended school and graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1973. Bob later attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where he earned a bachelor degree in Psychology. On September 17, 1988, Bob was united in marriage to Julie DeBoer in Lincoln. Bob and Julie eventually made their home in Aurelia, where he worked as a social worker for Social Services. Bob was an avid Husker fan. He was an advocate for children and families. He loved the outdoors and spent many hours in his yard planting and growing things. He was a great handyman and always had a project going. More than anything, Bob loved his family and spending time with them brought him his greatest joy. On April 3, 2013, Bob passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 57. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Schulenberg; brother, Mark Schulenberg; grandparents, Edgar and Alice Danielson and Theodore and Wilhelmina Schulenberg; and great aunts, May and Lillian Danielson. He is survived by his wife, Julie Schulenberg of Aurelia, IA; sons: Justin (Mary) Schulenberg of Aurelia, IA, Eric Schulenberg and Phillip Schulenberg both of Aurelia, IA; grandchildren, Kaden, Liliana, Kouper, and KalvinSchulenberg; mother, Lois Schulenberg of Lincoln, NE; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Carol Leach of Lincoln, NE; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Dennis Borchers of Lincoln, Barbara and Patrick Pfeifer of Papillon, NE; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Vicki Schulenberg of Lincoln, NE; Sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Cindy and Greg Johnson of Calumet, IA, Sue and Lyle Peterson of Cherokee, IA, and Teresa Aldridge; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob's name.
Pastor Gregg Johnson
Matt Peterson Max Aldridge Trent Borchers Jerod Clyde Anderw Schulenberg Nate Duncan
Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday night at the United Methodist Church in Aurelia.
"How Great Thou Art" "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" by the congregation
Good Hope Cemetery Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Uncle Bob was the most fun person I knew when I was a kid. My condolences to his family and friends, he was an exquisite person.”
- Ryan L Seaton
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Bob. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.”
- Bob and Sue Goodburn
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Bob was one of the first friends I made when I started going to Pershing Elementary School, so many years ago. He was always a lot of fun to be around and full of energy. We will all miss him. Please accept my condolences on his passing.”
- Michael E. "Mike" Strain
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie, our prayers are with you, Eric, and Phillip at this difficult time. We really enjoyed the time we got to know Bob going to church with your family. We know his occupation was one that touched so many lives. He will be remebered by many. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Kendall and Sharon Henkel”
- Sharon Henkel
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So many memories, from so long ago and all of them sweet. Julie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Diane Roland
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathy and condolences toall of Bob's family and friends.His warm caring spirit will be greatly missed.”
- Deena Douglas
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was shocked and saddened to see this in the paper. We're so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family and our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Darla Starr
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and Family, I am so sad to hear about Robert. He was such a fine gentleman. I can only imagine what you are going thru right now. I want you to know that all of you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Just remember to hold the memories close to your heart. It does help.”
- Kris Witcombe
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family and friends.”
- Michael L. Renner
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Bob, "squatty", was such a fine person. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Bob. "Squatty" could light up a room with laughter and yet could be so sincere and supportive. We have such great memories of him singing and dancing. May he bring that same energy to the heavens above. Bless the family of Bob. ”
- Marty and Judy Shields
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Very sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. Have awesome memories of him as a longtime friend, many great times with him (and Julie) in high school and beyond playing softball and just hanging out! Hope you can find the bight side in all of this! Take Care!
Barb and Doug Landstrom”
- Barb Landstrom
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Iam so very sorry for your loss my prayers and thoughts are with you and your loved ones... bob was an amazing person he will be forever missed”
- jillian purgett
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“ My sincere sympathies to Bob's family. Gone too soon! The humanity, inclusiveness and respect for others regardless of their position or situation that I saw Bob give unconditionally to everyone from co workers, clients and children was consistently given. His calm, steady kindness was so refreshing in many situations of strife, chaos and problems. Many of us that worked with him in different ways will miss him greatly, but I can not even imagine the loss for his cases / families he was presently working with and those from past. He will be missed, his presence will be missed in our community, but the lasting fruit of his work and his life are with us. He was an example for all of us. Thanks Bob!
Jolene Schumacher, CASA/GAL”
- Jolene Schumacher
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I never met Bob, it is obvious from the tributes here that he was a great man who will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Bev Juhl
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Julie & family, My condolences on Bob's death. I will always remember him as the office jokester in the York office. He made a not-so- fun job tolerable! I am sure his current coworkers feel the same way. Susie Fairbanks”
- Susie Fairbanks
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Bob's family - I interacted with Bob when he worked at DHS and always looked forward to those times as Bob had wit, humor and compassion. Bob was a funny man but took time as well to really listen to others. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Julie and the rest of the family during this time. I know Bob's loss was unexpected and the healing process will be a journey. Bob left a legacy of memories that I know many will cherish. God bless all of you!”
- Kris Manteufel
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I first want to say my prayers go out to the whole Schulenberg family. I met Bob in High School. We became very good friends. We played lots of Basketball together. Of course what kid at Rocket High didn't!! My were in mini-choir or swing choir and choir. Our junior year we were rated as the top swing choir in the state. Bob & I went to the State Music Clinic our senior year. I have many great memories of Bob, some we can talk about some others maybe not. Ha, Ha!! I saw Bob some after High school but we all go our ways in life. Bob you will always be in our memories. ”
- Bob Vance
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I am deeply sorry for your loss. I first met Bob 6 years ago and I cant say that it started out friendly but over the years, I got very close to Bob and I just found out today of his passing. I have to say Bob was always joking laughing and having fun in whatever he did and I know he was a good man,He helped in everyones time of need, Even when he was unreachable by phone, Bob was a very lovable guy once you got to know him and we thought of him as family. We will miss you Bob You were a true friend and thanks for all of your help may god bless your family ”
- James A. Briley
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Prayers and Sympaty to all..”
- Carolyn Y Potts
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you for your loss. I have worked with Bob several times over the years and he is truly a force that will be greatly missed. He truly cared about people and it showed. He is an example of how everyone should aspire to treat others - always showing kindness. Just Monday he offered to start the state car to warm it up for me because he knew I was going to be driving it - I honestly don't think I have ever had anyone else do that before!! I am truly saddened by his passing - our world will not be the same without him in it. I will especially miss his sense of humor and great attitude. I am convinced that there isn't a single person that came in contact with him (even if it was for the briefest moment) that he didn't leave smiling and better off! May God bless & keep you and I hope you can seek to find some comfort in your memories.”
- Dawn D Sickelka
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Bob. You and your family are in my prayers. May God Bless you all.
- Lori L Meier Johnson
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“ Julie and family - I am in absolute shock to hear about your husband. Julie, you are a light for so many people in this community and words cannot express the way you help people. Now is the time for all of those people that you have helped, to help you. Please lean on us now for support. We all love you and will do anything you need. I don't know why God decided he needed Bob right now, however I do know that He is a good God and He has a plan. You told me once that Bob came into your life and has been an amazing husband for you, and he will continue to look down from heaven on you, and forever be with you in your heart. All my love to you and your family.”
- Michelle M. Rupp
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie- I am so sorry for you loss. I was truly shocked when Jacquie called me and told me of your husband's death. I am praying for you and your family. Its a hard time, if there is anything I can do please let me know. I so enjoy working with you. Lots of love.”
- Denise Salton
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and family
I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's death. I was shocked and so sad that Bob was gone, but not forgotten. He always had a smile full of life, he would joke with you talk with you,even when you were laughing he would say whats so funny. I would say you. He would talk about his family he would joke but you knew he loved his family. GOD be with you and may he hold you in his tender love. Linda Vannatta”
- Lind Vannatta
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Your family is in our prayers Bob touched my families lives 2years ago as a social worker and friend. He always made us laugh on his visits to us and always a joy to be around.He inspired me to go back to school to get my bachelors in social work.”
- Georgia Crouch & Family
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and family, Lois, Nancy, Bill, and Barb
May God give you peace in this difficult time. May the memories of Bob bring you comfort.
What a truly good guy he was. Always bringing a laugh with his humor or his actions, yet a very caring guy. While I hadn't seen Bob is some time. A surprise email from him on the evening of April 2 brought laughter and great memories...made me feel as if we had been in constant contact. I was so looking forward to seeing him this summer. Im sure no one called him Squat any more, but he will always be remembered as Squat by those of us who went to school with him. Great man, great friend. Just reading what others have said, I know that his life made a positive impact on everyone around him.
My heartfelt condolences to you all. Peace be with you, and RIP Squatty, my friend. ”
- Steve Isaacs
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with you ..Bob touched our lives so many years ago he was a great friend and will b missed dearly.”
- Jessica Briley & family
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Bob had a way of getting his point across with a smile and a tenderson that often made me roll my eyes and then, even if I disagreed, rule in his favor. Then he would walk by my office door and give me that wry smile while I shook my head. The last time I saw Bob epitomized him and the way he touched his families - it was an adoption of a little girl who had been the child of a client of his. The little girl ran into the courtroom and ran right up to hug "Bobby." What a guy!!! I will miss him terribly. Judge Mary Timko”
- Mary Timko
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I worked with both you and Bob for so many years. Both of you were always so nice. I know I called Bob many times when I needed help with someone that I was working with. Without saying a name I would explain to Bob what help I needed and he always responded with a solution that was helpful. I will miss him as will the many families that he always was helpful with. May God comfort both you and your children and your other family and friends.
Love to you all,
Joan Forcier”
- Joan M. Forcier
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Bob was a team mate and friend. I remember him going with Bruce Maske, Rob Ketterer and I to see Barry Alvarez in Madison, WI for their spring game. It was the last time we spoke. I am sorry that I didn't spend more time with him now. Funny how we think we will 'get around to it sometime', well...don't wait!
My condolences and best wishes to the family and friends. Bob was a champion and a great friend!”
- Terry W. Kotschwar
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and family,
All of us knew Bob. His laughter and his jokes always made someone or our days full. When we were down and at the end of our rope, low and behold Bob was our knot. He never let us fall and always made time. In heaven he is still everyones knot and he will always be missed. But we will remember him for the man he was and the gift you shared with us. You have a special family that could share him all hours of the day and night and never get mad that he was with one of his other families, May God bless and strenghten you through this loss and he will always shine through the stars and sky to protect you and others . Our love to the family. Deb, Justin, Jayne and Harlee ”
- Deb VanEngelenhoven, Justin Sassman and Jayne And Harlee Paulsen
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and Sons, Our hearts are breaking for you all. May you find comfort knowing God cares and loves us, and many are praying for you. ”
- Dan & Marlys Anderson
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I will forever miss Bob! He was such a wonderful co-worker and friend. I will miss his sense of humor and how he treated everyone with such respect. I do not know how I will return to work without him. I will forever cherish everything he taught me. I am a better person because I had the amazing opportunity to work with Bob! I am so sorry for your loss. Every day, Bob talked about his family and his love for them. He always had such fun stories about his family and what you all did in the evenings and on weekends. I know he is watching down on you and so pround of all of you. Thank you for sharing him with us. I will forever miss him! ”
- Kristi Krager
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Julie and Family:
Our hearts are broken. It has been a hard day for those of us who considered him a friend and part of our work family. He brightened our days with jokes and humor. When he was down we were down. He was a shoulder that we all leaned on and showed us all what a true team player was. We hated leaving Cherokee for Storm Lake and be separated from him......but he would stop in to check in on us....and share his latest joke. Our love to you and your family...We all know how special you all were to him and how much you enriched his life. Our hearts and prayers are with you always. ”
- Susan R Casey
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“We will really miss bob he was a really good friend to us He was always there for us when we needed him.He was always there with a helping hand.He help us with our Daughter Agnes.He would give his shirt off of his Back if it would help someone.every one is going to miss him.Even if he had a bad day he always had a smile for you He love telling jokes.He was a good friend to alot of people I am going to really miss BOB he was always there when I need to talk to someone.We wish his family the best You have our sympathy.”
- Steve and Louise martin
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