Obituaries: Bob DeKraai

OTTUMWA – Edward Robert DeKraai, 92, of Ottumwa died at 10:30 a.m. April 15, 2017 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa.

He was born May 2, 1924 in Ottumwa to Charles and Eurith Wiseman DeKraai.  He married Mildred “Millie” Donnini and they later divorced.

Bob had been living in New York and California before moving back to Ottumwa when he retired.  He had served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.  He worked as a chemist and a draftsman.

Surviving are three daughters, Darlene Bivona of Selden, NY, Anne DeKraai of Medford, NY and Deborah Hunt; a son, Scotty DeKraai; a granddaughter, Deanna Bivona; three brothers, Walter DeKraai of Washington, Dale (Dee) DeKraai and Bernard DeKraai both of Ottumwa.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, David Niland and three brothers, Art, Tom and Donnie; and his former wife, Millie DeKraai.

His body has been cremated. Private memorial services are pending.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.