Barbara "Bobbie" Dotson

November 7, 1927August 11, 2019

Barbara J. Dotson West Des Moines

Barbara “Bobbie” Dotson, 91, passed away August 11, 2019 in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until service time at McLaren’s. Interment will be at Highland Memory Gardens.

Bobbie was born November 7, 1927 in Amarillo, TX to Harry and Miriam True. She graduated from Perry High School before going on to work for Bankers Life, Santa Claus Industries in Waterloo, and the U of I Foundation. Bobbie and her husband, Bob also owned and operated the Mr. Steak Restaurant in Coralville. She loved her Hawkeyes and Cubs and enjoyed spending time with the Red Hats, Knee Knockers, and her many wonderful friends.

Bobbie is survived by her three daughters, Denie Dotson, Karen (Raymond Jr.) Smith, and Laurie (Mike) Wirth; five grandchildren, Coree Smith, Matthew (Katherine) Smith, Aaron Smith, Megan (Scott) Mohr, and Kelly (Jaden) Vos; cousin, Jan Lee Brookes; and twelve nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dotson; and sister, Mary Mumgaard.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Iowa Chapter or a charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 15, 2019


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Celia Eckermann

August 15, 2019

I have many fond memories of working with Bobbie at the UI Foundation. She was a wonderful person. May she rest in Eternal Peace. Celia Eckermann

Sue Hansen

August 13, 2019

The Hansen family , especially BC, send our deepest sympathy to Bobbie's family. She was a joy to see and speak to at breakfast every Saturday. She will be terribly missed. She was a lovely, warm, kind friend. We love you, Bobbie!