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Robert "Hooch" Grzanich

August 1, 1938 January 23, 2022
Robert "Hooch" Grzanich
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Robert W. Grzanich "Hooch", 83, of Stuart passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. A private family graveside service will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter and live streaming of services will begin at 9:30 A.M. on Friday, January 28th on the Johnson Family Funeral Home Facebook page ( Cards of condolence may be sent to the family in care of Johnson Family Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Stuart, IA 50250. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's name for Alzheimer's research. Online condolences may be left at

Hooch, as he was better known by family and friends was born on August 1, 1938 to Vinco and Catherine (Starcevich) Grzanich in Dunfermline, Illinois. He grew up and attended schools in Dunfermline. In 1955, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served honorably until his discharge in 1959. On June 6, 1959 he was united in marriage to Janice Kay Vest and to this union three daughters were born: Janese, Roberta and Barbara. The family made their home in Des Moines, Diamondhead Lake, Greenfield and Stuart before Hooch moved to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

Hooch worked for many years at Pirelli-Armstorng in Des Moines until his retirement. He enjoyed his morning breakfast club at McDonalds and had a nickname for everyone. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Chicago Cubs and polka music. Most of all, he deeply cared for people; helping his family and friends with anything they needed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vinco and Catherine; wife, Janice; infant brother, George; sister, Gloria Jean and brother, Andrew.

He leaves behind his daughters: Janese (Jake) Starrett, Roberta (Mike) Baety, and Barbara (Ken) Snell; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers: Ron (Sandy) Grzanich, Tom (Carol) Grzanich, Phil (Vicki) Grzanich, and Dan Grzanich; sisters: Mary Ann (Keith) Mussleman, Diana Peckman (Tom Collins), Angie (John) Wright, and Marcia Grzanich; and a host of extended family and friends that will miss him dearly.

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Iowa Veterans Cemetery Final Resting Place

34024 Veterans Memorial Dr
Adel, IA 50003

34024 Veterans Memorial Dr Adel 50003 IA
United States

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