Obituaries: Dale Robnett

Dale Richard “Hack” Robnett, of Albia passed away at the Good Samaritan Society in Ottumwa on Monday, March 20, 2017, with family and friends at his bedside.


Visitation will be at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia at 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday March 24, 2017, with family and friends welcome. Memorial Services will be at Sinnott Funeral Home on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with with family friend, Rev. Richard Grimes officiating Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the American Legion of Albia, Melrose, and Lovilia. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion, Howard Cessna Post #136 of Albia. Dale’s body has been cremated and a private burial will be held at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Dale was born in Hickory (Lockman) on May 25, 1924 to Addie and Steve (DeMoss) Robnett, he attended school in Lockman. Dale joined the Marine Corps, and spent his time in the Pacific Islands during WWIl, and rose to the rank of Corporal. He met his wife and married Faeolus Clester Thompson in 1955.


Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper, and all around outdoorsman, teaching all these trades to his many children, along with berry picking, and mushroom hunting. There was none better.


He retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad at the age of sixty-two. He enjoyed his many walks around town, stopping to talk to everyone he met, he knew no strangers, and loved to “shoot the breeze” with anyone. He also attended many Marine Corps reunions across the country with his old war buddies. He was also so proud last year, when his beloved Cubs finally won the Big One.


Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Faeolus in 1998, and step daughters, Karen Slycord, Penny Thompson, and grandson, Micheal Thompson, great grandson Dawson Vermillion, three brothers, William, Jimmy, Leonard, one sister, Blanche, and one daughter-in-law Wilma Thompson. He is survived by his children, Tom Thompson, Bob Thompson and wife Este, Terry Thompson, Margaret Ballard, Steve Robnett, Brad Robnett, Randy Robnett, Malinda Robnett and friend Elry , fourteen grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren.

Dale will be deeply missed by his family, and many friends.