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Bob and Linda Haley


Bob Haley, 70, and Linda Haley, 67, both of Benton, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at their home in Benton in a house fire.

Joint services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at United Baptist Presbyterian Church, Highways 2 and 169, in Mount Ayr, with the Rev. Mike Maddy officiating. Burial will be in Benton Cemetery in Benton, where military honors will be given to Bob by U.S. Navy Honor Guard and Ringgold Post No. 172 American Legion. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., in Mount Ayr with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials are to the family to be decided. Online condolences may be left at

Robert Faye Haley, son of James Calvin and Dorotha Olive (Lane) Haley, was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Creston. Bobby grew up in Benton. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1965 and joined the Navy, where he was deployed to Vietnam serving as a storekeeper with the rank of SK2.

Linda Gayle (Ferguson) Haley, daughter of H.T. and Leola (Lockwood) Ferguson (Shaw), was born Oct. 7, 1949, in Ruston, Louisiana. Linda grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attending Glenn Vocational High School. After high school, Linda married Roger Morris and Cynthia Deanne was born. They divorced, and Linda and Syndi moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.

On Oct. 14, 1968, Bob and Linda were married. The family moved to Creston, but eventually settled in Mount Ayr, where Bob was a district lineman for Iowa Southern Utilities which became Alliant Energy. 

Through the years, Linda was a housewife and even became a certified caregiver for many of the local children. In 1982, Linda and Bob purchased the Southside Tavern. The bar was sold in 1992. Linda also spent time working at the Neighborhood Center and hospice.

Bob and Linda are survived by their children, Syndi (Jim Weaver) Noble of Winterset, Rebecca (Joao) de Araujo of Tustin, California, and Bobby (Cora) Haley of Creston; Linda’s sister Judy Jackson of Benton; brother Ronnie (Loretta) Ferguson of Birmingham, Alabama; step-brother Claude Mann of Dallas, Texas; Bob’s sisters, Joan (Donnie) Stringham of Benton and Mary Jane (Ernie) Garrett of Diagonal; grandchildren, Dakota (Nick Shoman) Noble of Des Moines, Christopher (Heather Edrozo) Noble of Winterset, Breanne Haley of Creston, Nathaniel, Christopher and Kaylee Wells of Creston, Emily Edrozo of Winterset and soon-to-be-born great-granddaughter from Dakota Noble; accepted grandchildren, Jayden, Chloe, Abby Jo, Kenley and Brylee, children of niece Megan (Tracy) O’Neill of Clarinda.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and step-brothers, Carl, Larry and David Mann. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister Julia Ann (Donnie) Stephens.

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