Robert Urwin
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“Dear Madeline.... You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers especially Coach. Thanks for all the memories and life lessons I learned a...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Dustin Hoffman

“Dear Urwin Family: I was sadden to read of Bob's death. While on the teaching staff with Bob at Kuemper Catholic, I always respected the way he...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Robert Galligan

“Madeline, Mike and Bob, Our thoughts and prayers to you. Bob's impact on the Kuemper Football program and his players runs deep and will continue to...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Todd & Sue Kanne

“To the Urwin Family, We are deeply sorry for the loss of Coach Urwin. I had the great honor of playing for Coach Urwin at Kuemper from 1996-1998. ...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jon & Karen Behrens

“To the Urwin family: Bob was a man that clearly schooled young men in more then x's and o's. His message at times was more then football.He taught...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Nick, Terry, Laura, Mike Romey

“Dear Urwin Family, We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of Coach Urwin. He taught us many life lessons. I played on the 1998 Kuemper team. It...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Peter & Shelli Juergens

“Madeline, Robert, Michael, Your Dad did alot to get the KHS football program headed in the right direction. He will be always remembered in the...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Paul and Tam Milligan

“Dear Urwin Family, We had the great pleasure of knowing Bob as a coach as well as a good guy. He coached both Jon & Jes and I know they both liked...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ken, Vicki, Jon & Jes Behrens

“Madeline: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My son Cole played for Bob and I feel Bob helped mold him from a boy into a young man. He...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Brad, Nancy, Cooper Kanne and Cole Reiman

“Dear Madeline, I came to teach at the high school four years ago, but I also knew Bob from reffing volleyball when I was teaching in the junior high....Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Kathryn Braddy

“Dear Bob Urwin Family, I am very sorry to hear about Bob's death. I got to know Bob well when he was football coach and A.D. at Kuemper. I am...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Mitch & Nancy Osborn

“Dear Madeline, We were so sorry to hear of Bob's death. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your sons. We didn't have an opportunity to know Bob...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jack/Kathy Ramaekers

“Dear Urwin family-we were so sorry to hear of Bob's death. He truly was a great inspiration for both the football players and Kuemper as a whole. ...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Joe, Katie & Tyler Daniel

“Dear Madeline... This is the Beginning of a new day... Those words and the prayer he said with the team with be with us forever... He taught respect,...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Nick, Diane Nate Stephen Badding


There will be a family gathering on Wednesday, December 27 from 6 until 8:00 PM at Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service, 701 7th St., Corning, Iowa.

Inurnment will be Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Robert John Urwin, the son of Robert Ralph Urwin and Susan Doris Seabourne, entered into eternal rest on December 19, 2006 at the age of 62 after a 6 year battle with cancer .

His life began on October 13, 1944 in the city of Sidmouth, County of Devon, England. At the age of two, his family came to reside in Rockaway, New Jersey. Here he attended Morris Hills High School (class of 1963) and moved on to Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska where he graduated in 1967. He continued with his education and earned his Master's Degree from Kearney State College in 1974. He chose a career in education where he taught physical education, served as director of athletics, and coached football for over 30 years. His career stops included Hopatcong High School in New Jersey, then nearly 20 years at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey (where he coached his two sons), and finally on to Carroll Kuemper High School in Carroll, Iowa.

He loved coaching football. He enjoyed athletics and the opportunity to help young people reach their full potential. In addition to coaching, he enjoyed his hobbies as well. He enjoyed golfing and he dearly enjoyed his fishing.

Soon after college, he met and fell in love with Madeline Lee Olive of Corning, Iowa. One August 23, 1969, they wed and spent the next 37 years together. Through this union two sons were born; Robert Anthony on August 13, 1970 and Michael John on October 8, 1972. His son Robert followed his father's steps and is coaching football at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida while Michael followed his father's lead and is a regional account manager for GE in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob's cherished family was at his side when the Lord called him home.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Susan, father Robert, father-in-law Orlo F. Olive, and niece Nichole Sortino.

He is survived by his wife, Madeline; sons: Robert and Michael with daughter-in-law to be Lisa; brother, Daniel; sister, Betsy; mother-in-law Mary Olive, and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

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