HUMBOLDT - Robert D. Newell, 76, of Humboldt, passed away July 4, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Humboldt. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Duane Newell, the son of Archie and Lillian (Mickelson) Newell, was born January 8, 1936 at Tyler, Minnesota. He was raised and educated at Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1953. Bob was united in marriage to Patricia Sorensen in 1955 at Lake Benton, Minnesota. In 1959, Bob began his work with I.P.S. in Humboldt, which later became Mid-American Energy. Bob served as the foreman for the electrical crew until his retirement in 1995 after 36 years of service.
Bob was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Humboldt Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and, most of all, supporting his grandchildren at their sporting events.
Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia of Humboldt; children, Michael (Gail) Newell of Fort Dodge, Kathy Hauck of Bode, and Melinda McNaughton of San Diego, CA; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. His parents; 2 sisters; and 1 brother preceded him in death.