Decatur County Journal
Thursday, March 30, l9l6
WILSON ROBB was born in Muskingdon County, Ohio, November 8th, l8(??),
and died at his home in Osceola, Iowa, March l5th, l9l6, at the age of
84 years, 4 months and 7 days.
In the year of l85l, he was married to MARY PIERSON, who died August
(?), l863.To this union were born five children, MRS. C.W. RIES, of
Murray, Iowa; E.M. ROBB, of New York; W.J. ROBB, of Sheridan, Mo., two
having preceded him to the better land.
In the year of l865 he was united in marriage to JANE L. STOREY, of
Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa.To this union were born ten children,
three dying in infancy.The surviving children are E.E. ROBB, of
Woodburn, Iowa; MRS. CHAS. AKES, of Leon, Iowa; MRS. L.C. NORMAN, of
Decatur City; F.C. ROBB, of Morrill, Nebraska; WILSON ROBB, of Wapello,
Iowa; MRS. J.W. CLYDE, of Ha(??)er, Nebraska; and J.E. ROBB, at
The deceased was converted at the age of l6 years and was for
twenty-five years a member of the M.E. Church.In the year of l870, he
united with the Methodist Protestant Church, remaining a consistent
member of this church until his death.
In the year l863, he was ordained in the ministry and served many
important pastoral charges in the Iowa Conference of the M.P. Church and
was very devoted and sincere in his chosen work.He loved his Bible and
knew it well and on his bed of affliction, when to talk meant pain and
suffering to him, he loved to tell his children of the beautiful things
he had learned and treasured and found great comfort in the promises he
had learned within its pages.He so often repeated those beautiful
words, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
In the year l862, he heard the call of his country and enlisted in the
Union Army serving in the l8th Iowa Infantry as regimental postmaster,
later serving as chaplain at the close of the war, receiving an
honorable discharge at the hands of the government.Immediately after
the war, he took up his chosen work, the ministry of the Gospel, and
remained in that work until incapacitated by age, having given forty
years of active service.
He leaves to mourn their loss his aged and afflicted companion, ten
children, thirty-five grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren,
besides other more distant relatives and a host of friends.May the
bereaved have much of the sympathy he so often offered to others in like
times of sorrow.
The funeral was held from the home Saturday at l:00 p.m., conducted by
Rev. J.C. Leonard his Pastor, and assisted by Rev. Tillotson and Rev.
Clare.The writer spoke from II Cor: 5-l to an appreciative and
sympathetic audience.Rev. Tillotson spoke on his army life, they
having been closely associated for more than fifty years.The G.A.R.,
of which he was a member, were present and very beautifully rendered the
burial service of the order.Following the services in the home, the
body was taken to Maple Hill Cemetery where it was laid to rest there to
await the resurrection morn.