Robert Gilroy

Robert Gilroy

Robert F. “Robbie” Gilroy, 68, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at his home.

Friends and family may gather to celebrate Robert’s life on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pub Club in Lost Nation, Iowa. A private family burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lost Nation, with military honors.

Robert Francis Gilroy was born on Dec. 5, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, to Robert Peter and Madonna Carmella (Bauer) Gilroy. He was a 1969 graduate of Lost Nation High School then attended Iowa State University in Ames for a short time until being drafted. He then served his country in the U.S. Army. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he resumed his studies at Iowa State University where he earned a degree in ag management.

After receiving his degree, he returned home and first worked for Wayne Busch and other area businesses for a few years. In 1977, he bought the mill in Lost Nation and owned and operated Gilroy Bros. Feed and Supply until present. He also was a farmer and had farmed the family farm since an early age.

Robert was a member of the Menzo-Widel American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation where he had served as a past commander. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, working and playing cards, with favorites being Rummy and Sheepshead. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his sons, Wesley Gilroy of Oxford Junction, Iowa, and Ramon (Heather) Gilroy of Lost Nation, Iowa; three grandchildren, Madison, Sophia and Emmett; sisters Kathleen Gilroy of Villa Park, IL, Mary Larson of Davenport, Iowa, and Margaret Gilroy of Maquoketa, Iowa; and brothers Patrick (Teresa) Gilroy of Princeville, IL, and Frank Gilroy of Waubeek, Iowa. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joseph.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Lost Nation First Responders.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family, and online condolences may be left at