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Robert "Bob" Malli

January 12, 1956 August 18, 2020
Robert "Bob" Malli
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Obituary for Robert "Bob" Malli

Bob Malli, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at his home in Cresco, Iowa.

The public is invited to attend graveside services at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at St Agnes Plymouth Rock Cemetery in rural Burr Oak. The family will host a time of fellowship at McAllister's/ Heritage Event Center in Cresco from noon - 3:00pm following graveside services.

Robert Douglas Malli was born on January 12, 1956 to Roger and Arlys (Ruffridge) Malli in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Notre Dame Schools in Cresco.  On June 22, 1974 he married the love of his life, Dawn Johnson in Spring Valley, Minnesota.  They made their home in Cresco where they raised their two children, Heather and Josh. 

Malli Construction was a big part of Bob’s working career.  He purchased the business from his father, Roger, in 1996. He was an expert in his field when it came to building pole barns.  He shared his hard working skills and many talents on numerous projects throughout the community. He retired in December of 2018.  Bob truly enjoyed his retirement, becoming a driver for his Amish friends was a new role that he loved.

He was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions and Nascar.  He took his turn on the local race tracks as a stock car driver of racecar #17 for about five years.  Bob enjoyed riding bicycle on the area bike trails.  One of his proudest accomplishments was riding Ragbrai in 2017.  He was looking forward to the upcoming election and felt strongly about politics.

Bob loved the outdoors.  He could be found fishing for trout at Cold Water, or hunting for ducks, pheasants and deer in Northeast Iowa.  Bob was an active member of the Cresco Wildlife Club, where he served as president and board member for several terms over the years.  He helped to make Gooder Field and the Cresco Wildlife Club Trap Range a reality. 

Bob loved his family and will be missed by many.  Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Dawn of Cresco, two children; Heather (Tina) Carroll of Poway, CA and Josh (Katie) Malli of Northwood, IA, three grandchildren; Kennedy Rose, Kaeden Malli and Olivia Lang, his parents; Roger (Monica) Malli of Cresco, siblings; Margaret (Mike) Byrnes of Decorah, IA, Julie (Kevin) Munkel of Cresco, Brenda Malli of Wisconsin, Jeannie (Trevor) Capron of Dubuque, IA, Mark Malli of Cresco,  Paul (Todd) Malli of Guttenberg, IA, a step sister, Julie Stevens of AZ, sisters and brothers in-law; Dean Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, Dale (Vernon) Gehrking of Spring Valley, MN, Patty (Larry) Kraft of Waterville, MN, Mark Johnson of Pine Island, MN, LeeAnn Hungate of Spring Valley, MN and Gary (Maria) Johnson of Monroe, WI.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Arlys Malli, a brother, David Malli, father and mother in-law; Conrad (Pat) Johnson and two brothers in-law; Stephen Johnson and Doug Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Cresco Wildlife Club, PO Box 11, Cresco, IA 52136.

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11:00 AM 8/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Agnes, Plymouth Rock Cemetery

2875 County Rd A18
Decorah, IA 52101

St. Agnes, Plymouth Rock Cemetery
2875 County Rd A18 Decorah 52101 IA
United States





12:00 PM 8/22/2020 12:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 8/22/2020 3:00:00 PM
Heritage Events Center

229 3rd Ave W
Cresco, IA 52136

Heritage Events Center
229 3rd Ave W Cresco 52136 IA
United States

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