Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Robert Alan Watson

September 3, 1955August 7, 2019
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Robert A. Watson, 63, of Ankeny, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 12, 2019, at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First Street Ankeny, IA 50023). Following the visitation a memorial vigil service will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Pancan or a cancer foundation of your choosing.

Robert was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on September 3, 1955, the son of Robert E. and Patricia (Hanify) Watson. They moved to Algona at a young age and he graduated from Algona High School in 1974. Robert attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1991.

Robert was an avid gardener with a back yard full of flowers; he also had interests in all types of trains and was an Iowa Hawkeyes fan. For the past nine years, he and Rick enjoyed annual trips to the Caribbean. Robert was also a very proud dog dad to a Cava Tzu pup named Carlton. Robert will be missed by his spouse of 18 years, Rick Lyons; parents, Robert and Patricia of Algona; siblings: Rick Watson of McMinnville, OR and Tricia (Steve) Carlson of Algona; nieces and nephews: Claire Watson of Oregon, Brandon, Ambraya and Londyn Bjustrom of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; he will also be missed by many close friends.


  • Jan Brooks, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cheryl Benson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joelle Henderson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Greg Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Danette Miller, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Vigil Service Monday, August 12, 2019


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Nicholle Stangeland

August 13, 2019

Rob was my DHS worker for 11 years on and off. He was my number one supporter during a difficult time in my life. I never understood the reasoning but what kid would? Today I fully understand why he did what he did and i am thankful for the decisions he made. This year I am graduating ISU to pursue a job in the human services field. If it wasn't for a caring and selfless man I wouldn't know where I would be today. There were many times where he spent his own hard earning money on me when I had nothing and for that I am thankful. Not many people can say they have only had one worker in this line of work but I definitely can. He never gave up on me and for that he will always hold a place in my heart ❤️ RIP to the selfless and caring advocate that anyone would be grateful to have!

Kathy Simpson

August 12, 2019

Rob was a special person and a good friend. Always fun to be with and a little naughty, which made for some good times. I'll cherish the memories and remember him always. Love you!

Joe Smith

August 11, 2019

It was always a pleasure to have Rob in my courtroom when I sat in juvenile court. Rob was a fierce advocate for children and families and a good man. He will be missed.

Fay Creasey

August 11, 2019

Rob , my friend , you will be missed. I don't know that I will have the magic you did on holidays getting everyone in the pool bar , but I will try and make that a must !. You have such a big heart and it was a honour to become your friend.

Paul Creasey

August 11, 2019

Although I only had the good fortune of knowing Rob for a short time, he certainly left some lasting memories. I always found him to be honest, caring and genuinely interested in events that were happening in your life. When we were on vacation if there was a pool bar in the vicinity you would find Rob talking it up with anybody and everybody. He would work his magic until the whole group was in water having fun ( and getting into a little trouble). My thoughts are with Rick and his whole family at this difficult time.

Cathy Johnson

August 11, 2019

My heart is so full of memories with Rob I wouldn't know where to begin. I haven't been able to see Rob in awhile but his absence is strongly felt. My prayers and hugs to you Rick, Tricia, Rick and his family and our friends.
With love, Cathy (a.k.a "Velma")

Kathie Hicok

August 10, 2019

I was lucky to have worked with and supervised Rob at DHS many years ago. He was a strong advocate for children and families and I am blessed to have called him my friend during that time. Since I left DHS, any time I would run into Rob, I was blessed by his smile and a big hello and a few minutes to catch up. My thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s family and all those who loved him. May you all find comfort in sharing stories about him over these next difficult days.

Tricia Watson Carlson

August 9, 2019

My Big Brother Rob~ Oh how I will miss you. I have alway’s admired and looked up to you all my life. You had a way of alway’s putting everyone before yourself. I am a true believer you were destined to be Successful with DHS as a Child Protection Worker.
You truly cared and believed you could make a difference in many children’s life’s and you succeeded. I am so very proud of you. Your skills in the kitchen were very impressive and I always looked forward to your holiday meals! Many memories of all of our great times as a family, and also our times together in Ankeny. You were so patient when you took me shopping, and I love to shop! Your battle is now over and you are whole again. Until we meet again you will always be in my heart. I love you and miss you so much. Your Sister Tricia

Rhonda Stammer

August 9, 2019

Rob was a great friend and classmate of mine. Spent many hours in the "Commons" talking, laughing, doing homework together, and just hanging out I will never forget the good old days at AHS. Although I lost touch with him over the years I never forgot our friendship. My sincere condolences to his friend and family. R.I.P Rob. Say Hi to Charla for me. I'm sure you two will share a couple giggles in heaven.

Terri Miller

August 9, 2019

To Rob's family and friends: My sincere condolences to you all. Rob was a kind and gentle man, and I'm glad to have known him - even if for a short time. My fondest memory of Rob was when I was at my wit's end with a teenager I was trying to get a home for, Rob spent hours in my office giving me advice and making sure I had resources I needed. I appreciated how he welcomed me when I started working in his office! Fly high, Rob. <3