LEHIGH - Robert William Morandi, 84, of Lehigh, died Thursday, August 31, 2012 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. There will be no services for Robert. The Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
Robert William Morandi was born July 6, 1928 in Lehigh, Webster County, Iowa and graduated from Lehigh High School in 1945. Bob worked for the Lehigh Sewer, Pipe and Tile Company from 1945 until 1946 when he joined the United States Army Air Corp (Air Force) and served until 1949 and on December 1, 1947; he was awarded the WW II Victory Medal. Bob transferred to the Air Force Reserve as a Staff Sergeant in 1949 and was called back into active service in 1950 for a year. Robert served as a Senior Career Guidance Specialist for two more years receiving his honorable discharge in 1953.
After he returned from his military service, Robert worked for Lehigh Sewer, Pipe and Tile Company again then WS Dickey Clay Industries in various positions and lastly for Dick Mills making clay bricks when he finally retired in 1995.
On August 21, 1955, Bob married Dolores R. Dale in Lehigh, Webster County, Iowa. They were married for almost 53 years before Dolores died.
During his life he loved visiting family and friends. Traveling, camping and fishing with his wife Dolores and two sons were a loved recreation and continued when the boys moved away. In his earlier years, he was quite an avid fisherman and would compete with his uncle Jim Semprini who loved to fish, also. Bob loved to raise a garden, and when family would visit Lehigh from out of town during the summer, there was always plenty of vegetables to go around during family meals or taken home when they returned. Robert enjoyed cooking Italian dishes with his wife Dolores with recipes that his mother Seconda handed down. He was a loving son, taking care of his mother and father in their later years. Bob was very talented. He could create or fix anything mechanical or electrical and spent many hours repairing and keeping their home and autos in good running order. He loved the challenge of fixing things himself and was sought after by family and friends to fix or create various things for them. He loved to smile and laugh and was a wonderful singer too.
Robert is survived by his two sons: Ricky Morandi (Dolores) of Aloha, OR and Robin Morandi of Lehigh; three grand children, Crystal, David and Matthew, two great grand children; two brothers, Richard Morandi (Francis) of Corona, CA, and Michael Morandi (Patricia) of New Brighton, MN; and a sisters, Irene Vono of Wasco, CA. His wife, Dolores, his parents, Aurelio and Seconda Morandi and a sister, Josephine Moore, precede him in death.