Robert B. McGraw Obituary

Robert B.  McGraw
Robert B. McGraw

October 12, 1928 - January 17, 2022
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Johnston, Iowa
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Robert (Bob) McGraw, 93, left his earthly home and entered his Heavenly home on January 17, 2022. His parents were Robert R. and Constance Brooks McGraw. Bob graduated from North High in 1947 and received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Drake University.

He married Sharon Willcockson and they shared 67 ½ years of marriage. Their son, Greg (Karen), Naples, FL; grandson, Neon (Lisette) and great grandson Malachi, survive, in addition to step grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many special nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and sisters, Mary McGraw and Margaret Johnson.

Bob loved the Lord, accepting Christ as his personal savior, and loved working with children. He especially cherished his time as “Sparky” (Awana) and his role as the puppeteer for 29 years.

Thank you to the many nurses/CNA’s at Urbandale Health Care Center (whom he called his angels, you know who you are).

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm, Friday, January 21, 2022 at Iles Westover Chapel. Burial will be at 10am, Saturday, January 22 at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. A funeral service will follow, beginning at 11am, Saturday, January 22 at Westchester Evangelical Free Church, Des Moines.

For those unable to attend the funeral service will be livestreamed. Please go to to view the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Urbandale Health Care Center Activities program, 4614 84th, Urbandale, Iowa 50322.

Online condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.





Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, January 21, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
1 Northeast 60th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
Saturday, January 22, 2022
10:00 AM
Westchester Evangelical Free Church
4919 Aurora Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, January 22, 2022
11:00 AM


Urbandale Health Care Center Activities Program
4614 - 84th Street
Urbandale, Iowa USA 50322